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There’s Also A Big Clue As To Why This Isn’t A Bronco Raptor

Ford Bronco Warthog Raptor Spy Shot Teaser Photo Official
Ford Bronco Warthog teased.

The 2021 Ford Bronco has already seen over 160,000 reservations. And if each one ends up turning into a full sale, it’s likely the Ford will be fighting the Jeep Wrangler for the off-road SUV sales crown within its first year on sale, which is a testament that Ford went the right direction with the iconic nameplate (versus Chevrolet Blazer). And with such a full plate of anticipated orders, Ford doesn’t appear to be all that shy with teasing what’s down the pipeline for those who decide to wait out the 2021 model year. Case in point, the freshly teased Ford Bronco Warthog.

What makes us believe that what we’re looking at is a Ford Bronco Warthog prototype and not a Bronco Raptor? Check the wording of the official tweet below:

As with anybody who has watched Disney’s The Lion King and Universal’s Jurassic Park from the early 1990’s, they can easily discern that raptors do not, in fact, have hooves. But warthogs do, as demonstrated by the flatulent Pumba in The Lion King and all of the ensuing (irrelevant) spinoffs. Although, to be fair, horses have hooves, too. So it could simply be a cheesy Bronco reference.

This clue could also point to something else: the Ford Bronco Warthog and the Ford Bronco Raptor may be separate vehicles. A previous teaser from less than two weeks ago has what’s assumed to be the 2023 Bronco Raptor, as it’s pictured airborne (today’s raptors fly, after all) and what appears to be smaller, 35-inch tires like the Sasquatch Package. The wheels and camo cladding appear to otherwise be the same. And it’s otherwise impossible to identify the prototype vehicle ID numbers of the vehicle(s) in the two teaser images.

2023 2024 Ford Bronco Raptor Warthog Teaser Spy Photo Prototype

Now, here’s where things get more interesting. These 37-inch BFG tires are the very same tire size that were featured on the mysterious Bronco accessories concept that also features beadlock capable wheels and a 2-inch lift. However, the KM3 tires and beadlock wheels on the concept are not DOT rated, and therefore would only serve as an off-road only accessory. It would appear instead that Ford is sticking with the KO2 for a 37-inch tire, just as it is with a 35-inch tire.

Despite the tire switcharoo, Ford could have been loosely hiding the Bronco Warthog right under everybody’s nose. Because of this, we’re expecting this variant to appear first, as a 2022 model year vehicle. According to at least one leak, the Bronco Raptor won’t be out until 2023.

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

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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