The Ford Bronco is already a wild success, with reports coming in that most of the preorders are opting for the more expensive models in the lineup. But even with the strong six trim level lineup, plus the First Edition, Ford is expected to add to the lineup with two performance oriented models, the Bronco Warthog and Bronco Raptor. All signs point to the Bronco Warthog coming first, and a recent spy video from TFL gives us another look at what seems to be the Warthog testing in Colorado.
The spy video confirms what we’ve already reported at MC&T: the Warthog will get widened fenders with flares, a lift kit, massive 37-inch tires, and enough presence to scare away lions. Previous teasers from ford and spy shots have shown Broncos with a similar setup testing, leading us to believe this is the Warthog, not the Raptor. Furthermore, one of the spy shots of a similar vehicle showed “Warthog” written in the wheel well.
The Warthog will focus on technical, low speed off-roading, helped by the massive tires and lift kit. There’s also a chance it’ll come in only a four door, as we are yet to see a two door Warthog out testing. But the greatest mystery is what’s under the hood.
We don’t anticipate Ford will offer its high performance Bronco Warthog with the base level four cylinder engine. Likely is one of three different EcoBoost V6 engines in Ford’s portfolio. First is the Bronco’s 2.7 liter EcoBoost V6, but that doesn’t give much of an upgrade over other trim levels. More likely is the 3.0 liter EcoBoost V6 found in the Ford Explorer ST with 400 hp, a 90 hp power boost over the 2.7L. Another option is the F-150 Raptor’s 3.5 liter V6, which pushes out 450 hp. The final option would be a V8, but Bronco engineers have made it known that there are no plans to stuff a V8 under the hood of the new SUV.
No matter what powers the Ford Bronco Warthog, if that’s indeed what this is, it’ll likely come before the desert-runner Bronco Raptor, and debut as a 2022 model year SUV.