The Ford Bronco is finally upon us, bringing with it a whole litany of different series and trim packages. While devout fans may be upset to learn that there is officially no Bronco Raptor model coming at this time, Ford has made a baja-ready Bronco for buyers who prioritize speed on the sand. This is everything you need to know about the all-new Ford Bronco Wildtrak.
Bred as an all-out desert running machine, the Ford Bronco Wildtrak is the closest thing that we have right now to a Bronco Raptor. Under the hood you’ll find the 2.7L EcoBoost V6 engine mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, which puts out a class-leading 310 horsepower and 400 lb.-ft. of torque. That power is routed through the advanced 4×4 drive system that is optional on the lower models, which features a two-speed electro-mechanical transfer case with automatic on-demand engagement. There’s also a Dana 44 AdvanTEK solid rear axle and a Dana AdvanTEK independent front differential, for improved performance on the dunes.
The Ford Bronco Wildtrak also comes from the factory with the Sasquatch Package, which cranks to off-road capability up yet another notch. Spicer Performa-TraK electronic locking differentials are added at either end, and a set of high-clearance suspension with position sensitive Bilstein shock absorbers find their way onto the truck as well. Other additions include a 4.7:1 final drive ratio, larger fender flares, 17-inch black-painted aluminum beadlock-capable wheels and 35-inch BSW Mud-Terrain tires. Combine all this hardware with Ford’s new off-roading tech such as Trail Control and the seven-mode Terrain Management system, and what you have is a tremendously capable package right out of the box.
On the exterior, buyers will be able to spot this “Bronco Raptor” via its signature LED headlamps and tail lamps, modular Shadow Black-painted hard top, Wildtrak hood graphics, body-color exterior door handles, mirror caps and fender flares, and its powder-coated tube steps. The SUV is slated to be available in 11 different exterior paint colors: Rapid Red Metallic Tinted clear coat, Velocity Blue, Shadow Black, Antimatter Blue, Iconic Silver, Area 51, Carbonized Gray, Cactus Gray, Race Red, Cyber Orange Metallic Tri-Coat, and Oxford White.
Inside the Ford Bronco Wildtrak, buyers will be greeted with carpeted flooring, which is an interesting choice for a model designed for doing business on sand. Heated cloth front row buckets come as standard, though leather-trimmed seats are on option. On the Tech and amenities front, the Wildtrak comes standard with Ford’s new Mid package, with High and Lux both available. The Mid package includes the following:
MID– Two-door Intelligent Access with lock and unlock functionality, 110V/150W AC power outlet, ambient footwell lighting, auto-dimming rear view mirror, dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control, heated front seats, illuminated visor mirrors, Remote Start System (automatic transmission only), Reverse Sensing System, subscription navigation with three month trial, SYNC 4 with enhanced voice recognition, Ford Co-Pilot360™ including Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, BLIS® with CrossTraffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, Auto High-Beam Headlamps and rear view camera with backup assist grid lines.
Prices for this Bronco Raptor impersonator are slated to start at $48,875, which is not too far off of the Jeep Wrangler Moab from last year, which rang in at $51,300. While it may not actually carry the Raptor nameplate, Ford is ensuring that the Bronco Wildtrak carries that same spirit.