Despite the fact that not a single Ford Bronco buyer has received their SUV yet, there are plenty of heated discussions taking place online surrounding one, perhaps two, high-performance models that have been teased in action. Ford has made no official effort at this point to clarify if these images depict the Bronco Raptor and/or Bronco Warthog, but the teasing nevertheless continues. Thanks to the folks at Bronco Nation, we now have more photos of one of the prototypes.
The new photos from Bronco Nation appear to be shots of the same prototype that the Blue Oval shared with their Twitter audience late last week. Considering the relationship Ford shares with Bronco Nation, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they have more detailed images to share with us. The SUV in question is wearing a massive set BFGoodrich KO2 All-Terrain tires, likely 37-inches in diameter. That’s two inches larger than anything currently on offer with the Bronco, even bigger than the Sasquatch Package. The images also tease more upcoming features, such as what could be a larger front stabilizer bar, which is red. It could be to help offset any negative tradeoffs of driving with 37-inch tires on the road. The image depicting a jumping Bronco prototype didn’t have this. Although, it seems to be in a pretty vulnerable place for rock crawling, if you ask us.
MC&T believes that we may eventually see both Raptor and Warthog flavors of the Bronco. Whereas the baja-bashing truck will be oriented for high-speed sprints, the Warthog will be oriented towards tackling rocky trails. This would explain why both models seem to have so many rumors and leaks supporting them, and why we’ve seen Ford testing different tire setups for the hardcore variant of the SUV. This would also explain why some sources claim a high-performance Bronco is due in 2022, while one engineer was very clear in saying the Raptor model is coming in 2023.
That said, we believe that we are looking at a Ford Bronco Warthog prototype here. The large rubber and rocky trails are clues that lead us to that conclusion. The wider fender flares are also a nice touch, and help to give the SUV an even more rugged look. Regardless as to what the Blue Oval is going to call it, it’s clear that a more capable Bronco is just over the horizon.