Wrangler 392 too expensive? Ford's alternative may be for you...
Pricing for the highly-anticipated Bronco Raptor has been revealed: The rugged rock-crawler will come in at $69,995 for the base model, making the range-topper a substantially more expensive alternative to the Bronco Wildtrak, at $47,780.
That being said, the Raptor promises to be even more talented off-road - and faster, too. Under the muscular hood sits a 400-plus-horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. For now, the carmaker has not released any details on potential options or packages, which could bump the price up considerably. Still, the base model undercuts its closest rival, the V8-powered Jeep Wrangler 392, by around $5,000.
Interestingly, the high-performance Bronco is dearer than its F-150 Raptor equivalent by approximately $5,000, placing it firmly between the F-150 and the aforementioned Wrangler. The pricier Jeep does boast a more powerful V8, the naturally-aspirated 6.4-liter producing 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque.
While the Jeep and F-150 have more horses under the hood, the Bronco bites back, sporting the largest tires fitted to any SUV in America. Sourced from BF Goodrich, the all-terrain rubber measures 37 inches in diameter and will undoubtedly help the Bronco traverse rough terrain. At this point, it's worth noting the cheaper F-150 Raptor requires the pricey $5,250 Raptor 37 Performance Package to gain equally sized tires. 33-inch items are standard on the Wrangler 392, with the Xtreme Recon Package ($3,995) bumping the tires up to 35 inches.
Compared to the regular Bronco, the Raptor derivative boasts several upgrades to make it even more capable on harsh surfaces. Ford has increased wheel travel by 60% up front and 40% at the rear wheels. Furthermore, Dearborn's engineers have tweaked suspension travel, giving the Raptor a remarkable 13 inches of travel in the front and 14 inches at the rear.
As you can see from the images below, the Raptor is significantly wider than lesser Broncos. Ford has increased the track width by over eight inches, now measuring 73.2 inches in front and 73.6 at the rear. It stands taller too, with greater presence and ride height, courtesy of the 13.1 inches of ground clearance.
Ford is yet to clarify details on the Bronco Raptor's soon-to-be-announced optional extras and packages, but the company has alluded to some of the standard features and it appears generous. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are accessed through the 12-inch touchscreen and includes a 360-degree camera system - a boon when rock-crawling and navigating trickier terrain.
Optional equipment will surely bring the price more in line with the Wrangler 392, but we'll have to wait and see until then. Ford has said customers can begin to place orders in March but notes the majority of the MY2022 allocation will go to existing reservation holders. Expect the Raptor to arrive in the summer.