Ford Bronco Raptor is Coming; This Is What We Want | News

In late September, Ford confirmed plans to build a Raptor version of its new Bronco SUV. For a quick explanation of what that means, Ford’s F-150 Raptor is a high-speed, desert-walking version of the popular F-150 Blue Oval full-size pickup, loaded with high performance and off-road goodies galore. When Ford refers to something as a Raptor, it means it can be very far off the beaten path, very quickly.

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Unless Ford expands that definition with the Bronco, that means the Raptor exhibits a greater ability to go faster than the Bronco Wildtrak, which is already a pretty capable machine. However, Ford is very stingy with details, so we went to our staff to speculate on what we would like to see (or avoid) in the Bronco Raptor.

Not surprisingly, much of what we want is about going fast.

Strength, Strength and More Strength

Jeep threw in the challenge — and stole a bit of Bronco thunder — when it unleashed the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392, a 470-horsepower, 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 under the hood of the four-door Wrangler Rubicon. However, our staff thinks Ford has the answers in its trash.

“I would love to see Ford offer the hybrid drivetrain of the F-150 in the Bronco Raptor, along with the high-output Pro Power Onboard generator system available with the hybrid,” said Senior Research Editor Mike Hanley. “The F-150 hybrid’s 430 hp and 570 pound-feet of torque represent a significant improvement over the 2.7-liter turbocharged V-6 available from the Bronco, but the ability to go a long way off the beaten path. and the strength or payload of most items you are considering carrying is very attractive, especially to those looking to use their Bronco Raptor for overlanding. This also leaves room for a high-end V-8 engine in the potential of the Bronco Raptor R later in the model’s life cycle.”

Assistant Managing Editor Kelsey Mays had the same idea: “Ford’s 3.5-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 looks set to be a given for the Bronco Raptor. It’s capable of over 400 hp and over 500 pound-feet of torque in other applications, and that kind of power would make the Raptor a credible rival to the Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392. For bragging rights, I wouldn’t be surprised if Ford upped the output to more. of 470 hp and 470 pound-feet of torque from 392.

Shocking the World

It may still fall within the powertrain wishes, but gets its share of being just out there. Take it, Copies Editor-in-Chief Patrick Masterson:

“Perhaps this visualization will annoy the automaker’s marketing department trying to describe the trim for consumers, but as Ford worked to launch the F-150 Lightning, my mind had drifted to the possibility that the Lightning Raptor (or Lightning Raptor?) might one day enter the world, mused Masterson. “But what if it came at the Bronco first? The pickup truck is an American vehicle, but perhaps because of it, the electric F-150 Raptor won’t feel reasonable as special as the equivalent Bronco. They could position it as the automaker’s halo-of-halo off-roader for the affluent and outdoorsy (according to definite-no-pretend market research) market research in a way the F-150 couldn’t, not to mention it would give Ford engineers have something else to brag about with their battery tuning capabilities. Does that sound ridiculous? Well, it should. That’s why it’s worth asking for. ”

Other Bits and Bob

News editor Jane Ulitskaya hopes Valve’s Fox Racing Live shock that debuted on the new F-150 Raptor makes it to the Bronco, and I’d also like to see most of the F-150 Raptor’s off-road tackles trickle down a bit. the Bronco’s smaller brother. I’m not worried that Ford will make the Bronco Raptor a desert-running speedster at the expense of crawling – the F-150 Raptor can do both easily – but, for the record, I hope Ford wins ‘nothing like that.

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What We Don’t Want

In-car technology seems to be advancing by the day, but we’re a little concerned about the path we’re seeing Ford—and other automakers—take, in some cases not for the first time.

“The Bronco Raptor should stick with the Bronco’s excellent Sync 4 touchscreen instead of swapping out Ford’s categorically worse ‘upgrade’, the Sync 4A,” warns Mays. “Ford flirts with touchscreen overload in the Mustang Mach-E, F-150 Lightning and now the Expedition, whose standard or optional 4A Sync system combines most of the stereo and climate controls with an all-encompassing portrait-oriented touchscreen. Gone are the automaker’s perfectly reasonable landscape-oriented touchscreen, which retains physical controls under the already impressive 12-inch display in the top trim levels of the car. non-F-150 headlights. Will the Bronco Raptor get Sync 4A or will it stick with Sync 4? The 4A will require major changes to the dashboard, so I expect cooler heads to win.”

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