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FORD BRONCO WARTHOG SPY PHOTOS DISPLAY UNIQUE GRILLE, FOX SHOCKS, 37 INCH TIRES

Like The Raptor, The Warthog Features The Immutable F O R D Logo

2022 2023 Ford Bronco Warthog Raptor off-road SUV

The 2022 Ford Bronco Warthog waits in a holding pattern as the base model will soon reach customers after delays, and as such engineers have their duty to make the most out of this grace period and continue to dial in what’s bound to be a class-leading off-road performance SUV. Based on the latest batch of spy photos, what we’ve got here is less of a Warthog, and more of a wildebeest. The Ford Bronco Warthog will come to market with 37-inch tires, like the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor. And, like the Raptor, it should feature a unique grille that prominently displays the ‘FORD’ logo up front, affixed above a very visible skid plate and front suspension system.

2022 2023 Ford Bronco Warthog Raptor off-road SUV

As the 2022 Ford Bronco Program becomes less top secret, the heavy plastic panels that have covered the grille of past Bronco Warthog prototypes have been discarded, and appear to have been subbed out by graphic wrap and a mesh-covered grille. While the FORD logo is not immediately visible, our sleuth spy photographers point out that the grille cutouts that are a perfect match with what was seen on F-150 Raptor prototypes. It would appear that the holes are carved out around the “R” and “D” openings on its iconic FORD-emblazoned grille, and this is our best look yet.

But wait, there’s more. The Ford Bronco Warthog may be so wide and macho that it could feature cab lights; also like the F-150 Raptor. Again, as seen from previous spy photos of the truck, the shin strip of camouflage at the top-center of the grille opening is the likely spot for the marker lights, just where the strip of graphic wrap is placed. An opening fit for a winch also appears present and accounted for.

2022 2023 Ford Bronco Warthog Raptor off-road SUV

As for the tires, the 2022 Ford Bronco Warthog is going to deliver on 37-inch BFGoodrich KO2 tires engulfing beadlock capable wheels. Name another production SUV that has such big meats. You can’t. This may be some sort of First Edition or Launch Edition model we’re seeing, perhaps. There looks to be Fox Racing dampers, as well, based on the orange color.

Maybe the Ford Raptor and Bronco teams are sharing more notes than we’re led to believe. And, as MC&T originally suspected, Ford may have hid the 2021 Bronco Warthog under everybody’s nose last summer at Holly Oaks ORV Park.

2023 Ford Bronco Raptor Warthog Accessories Concept
Photo copyright Manoli Katakis, Muscle Cars & Trucks.

Of course, such a tire alters the stature, which makes sense why we see low-profile running boards for the first time. They don’t look like they’re giving much way to ground clearance, so occupants may have to get a running start in some cases to access the cabin.

2022 2023 Ford Bronco Warthog Raptor off-road SUV F-150 Raptor

The 2022 Ford Bronco Warthog is expected next year, as the automaker works to navigate rabid demand for this new SUV, as well as the ongoing microchip supply shortage that’s affecting the entire auto industry.

And to think that General Motors canceled a midsize body on frame SUV program. Sad.

 

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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