| 2021 Ford Bronco Raptor Special Exterior Rear Quarter 01
If the standard, plain-Jane Ford Bronco isn't rugged enough for you, then you might be interested in this vehicle spotted in Michigan recently. With more off-road goodies than other Bronco mules we've seen, could this be the 2021 Ford Bronco Raptor, built to battle the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon?
Is a Ford Bronco Raptor on the Way?
| 2021 Ford Bronco Raptor Special Exterior Front Quarter 01
Immediately visible on this test mule is a taller, wider stance, likely the result of the SUV's Goodyear Wrangler Territory mud tires and some unseen suspension tweaks. Measuring more than 34 inches tall, the tires are beadlock-mounted to the rugged Bronco's 17-inch black-finished wheels.
Wider front and rear fender flares accompany the new, elevated stance. However, it's not immediately clear if the increased track width is through axle and suspension changes ( la F-150 Raptor) or merely through wider tires and altered wheel backspacing (as on the Toyota Tacoma
TRD Pro). Regardless, the Ford Bronco Raptor (or whatever it ends up being called) is likely much more useful in off-roading situations than the vehicle we've already seen.
| 2021 Ford Bronco Raptor Special Exterior Wheel And Tire
In addition to the obvious changes, the 2021 Ford Bronco
Raptor will almost surely feature at least a few hardware alterations—monotube shocks (or remote-reservoir units), electrically actuated sway bar disconnects, front and rear lockers, and more. As on the F-150 Raptor, the hardcore Bronco variant should also receive driver-selectable tuning for the steering, transmission, throttle, and stability and traction controls.
| 2021 Ford Bronco Raptor Special Exterior Side Profile
Given its overall stance, we predict this particular Bronco to be optimized for forest trails and tighter two-track than the widebody, trophy truck F-150 Raptor. That would also suit the Bronco's mission as a Jeep
Peering through the camouflage reveals round, retro headlights bifurcated by a modern-looking center bar. The grille texture is also visible under the wrap, and it looks appropriately vintage, featuring rounded rectangle cutouts that recall the first-generation Ford Bronco.
| 2021 Ford Bronco Raptor Special Exterior Headlight And Grille
An Off-Road Future
The 2021 Ford Bronco will be revealed sometime this spring, according to the company, and we'd predict it to arrive in stylish (but on-road-oriented) models as well as harder-core off-road trims from the outset. However, Ford will likely show off a range-topping model a few months after the general Bronco unveiling, keeping public anticipation for the SUV high.
| 2021 Ford Bronco Raptor Special Exterior Front Quarter 02
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