Even brand-new cars need a facelift every few years.
The Ford Bronco is a pretty handsome thing. In fact, we'd go so far as to say that it's one of the best retro-modern vehicles of this generation. That includes icons like the Mini Cooper and the (sold-out) Lamborghini Countach, but while we can't help but marvel at its design, we also can't help but think about the seemingly endless delays that the off-roader continually faces. Nevertheless, while things with the current model aren't going 100% as smoothly as Ford would like, the automaker is already thinking about the Bronco's mid-life refresh, according to sources close to the brand.
These sources claim that, despite supply issues related to the semiconductor chip shortage, the car's original timeline will be honored. This means that the refreshed model remains on track for a 2025 model year release. It may seem like the Bronco was revealed just the other day, but it was actually unveiled in June of last year, so considering that most cars have a life cycle of four to five years, it makes sense for Ford to be following suit with the Bronco. With regulatory changes accelerating at a fast rate, this could become the first electrified Bronco, but Ford hasn't given us even a hint of what to expect just yet.
To tide us over, we're looking forward to the reveal of the long-awaited Bronco Raptor, which was recently confirmed to be arriving sometime next year. We know that two trims of this hardcore model will be offered and that the Bronco Raptor will only be available in a four-door configuration, but we have no indication of what powertrain will motivate the off-roader. We expect that either the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 developing 400 horsepower or the F-150 Raptor's 3.5-liter unit with 450 horses will be the driving force of Raptor model, while Fox will likely provide the strengthened suspension system. We expect more details to be released over the course of the next couple of months.