When buying an SUV, you would want to consider a bit of off-road capability aside from the utility side of things. If you have enough budget to buy one, why hold back? The Bronco Sasquatch is already a capable offering. What if you could buy an even better one?
That’s exactly what Ford did with the 2022 Bronco Raptor. 2022 Ford Bronco is one of the best competitors in the middle segment. The Raptor, on the other hand, is in a class of its own. What we can say with confidence is that Ford has done a great job with this ridiculous off-road SUV.
Ford outfitted the Bronco Raptor with several bespoke touches and plenty of off-road gear. Needless to say, the Raptor can traverse any terrain known to mankind. And the best part is that he wouldn’t sweat at all. Learning from the F-150 Raptor, Ford Performance has taken a no-holds-barred approach with this off-road beast. Frankly, the 2022 Bronco Raptor might be the most ridiculous factory 4×4 you can buy today. Here’s a closer look.
2022 Ford Bronco Raptor gets a raucous V6 with twin turbochargers
The racy-Bronco is equipped with competition-grade off-road technology and hardware. Because the market favors spicy engines, Ford added a little more flavor to the Bronco’s otherwise boring credentials. The 2022 Raptor gets the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 offered in a variety of Ford and Lincoln models. However, Ford Performance tuned the powertrain to produce 418 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque in the Bronco Raptor.
Drivetrain-wise, the SUV gets a 10-speed automatic, with front and rear locking differentials and a disconnecting front anti-roll bar. A four-wheel-drive system is also available with Ford’s GOAT (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain) mode selector. Seven driver-selectable modes are available, including a uniquely tuned Baja mode that maximizes performance on high-speed desert runs. The other modes are quite simple. These help make the Bronco Raptor more versatile in demanding scenarios. Along with high-speed desert and rock-crawling capabilities, this Bronco is also capable of towing 4,500 pounds, a 1,000-pound improvement over the base model.
Bespoke exterior details make the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor a useful SUV
Ford gave the Bronco Raptor some bespoke design cues. You get a unique grille design with layered protrusions that give the front fascia a commanding appeal. A similar design can be seen on Ford’s larger F-150 Raptor, making the design philosophy consistent across the lineup. With fender flares, the Bronco Raptor is 9.8 inches wider than a standard Bronco. Additionally, the new Raptor stands 13.1 inches high off the ground and has a wider track — 73.6 inches versus the base Bronco’s 65.0 inches. The streamlined front bumper design enhances overall presence, exposing part of the massive front tires. These measure 37 inches. Yes, that’s right, the Bronco Raptor gets BFGoodrich KO2 37×12.5 all-terrain tires wrapped around upgraded 17-inch beadlock wheels.
On top of that, Ford Performance worked with FOX to develop a competition-grade off-road suspension for the Bronco Raptor. The arsenal consists of 3.1-inch semi-active shocks and FOX’s Live Valve Integrated Controllers on all four shocks. Suspension height sensors and other sensors at each corner independently monitor terrain conditions hundreds of times per second and adjust the suspension setting accordingly.
Utility interior enhances the rugged appeal of the 2022 Ford Bronco Raptor
Along with the obvious lettering activity that includes a few badges splashed across the cabin, we also find suede upholstery and heavily bolstered front seats. The Bronco Raptor features a heritage-inspired horizontal instrument panel, incorporating an all-digital 12-inch cluster. The cluster allows drivers to choose from various views, including a model-exclusive performance view that emphasizes tachometer readings and gears for a more engaging driving experience. As standard, the 2022 Bronco Raptor gets a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity.
Inside there are quite a few Ford Performance and Raptor badging, with the most interesting piece found in the center console. It’s worth pointing out that the Bronco Raptor comes with marine-grade vinyl seats and rubberized flooring, which fanatics would appreciate.
In summary, the 2022 Bronco Raptor packs enough punch to get you through the toughest terrain without too much drama. However, with a starting price of $68,500, it might be a little too expensive for many off-road enthusiasts. While we fully acknowledge the effort that went into developing the Bronco Raptor, we don’t think it’s worth the high premium over a Sasquatch. But as far as factory 4x4s go, the 2022 Bronco Raptor is one hell of a machine.