Until now, the name was purely conjecture.
It's been commonly asserted that when Ford trademarked the Warthog name, it was likely going to be for a super-off-road variant of the stellar new 2021 Ford Bronco, meaning that the Raptor nameplate would be reserved for the Ford F-150 Raptor locally and the Ranger Raptor abroad. But according to a post from McCracken on the Bronco6G forum, a Ford supplier has seemingly confirmed that the hardcore Bronco will be called the Warthog. We've already seen test mules of the hardcore Bronco in action, but this is the first time the name has been anything more than a rumor.
In the email, which comes from Axis Automation - a company specializing in robotic assembly for a number of industries including the automotive and aerospace sectors - the sender states that despite an increase in demand for consumer goods, "automotive launch activity remains active for EV and ICE platforms."
The list of vehicles mentioned thereafter includes the Subaru Crosstrek and Forester, but more importantly the Rivian RPV van for Amazon, Ford F-150 electric (Ford P702 BEV), and the Bronco Warthog, codenamed Ford U725. Now perhaps that's just the codename they're using internally, but we suspect this is the confirmation we've been looking for.
So far, we know very few details about the Bronco Warthog, however, we expect it will boast an advanced off-road suspension, possibly with Fox Race Shox, a set of all-terrain tires, and if all goes according to rumor, it'll be powered by the Ford Explorer ST's 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. The 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft will be a significant update on the standard Bronco's pair of engines, with the current pinnacle being a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6. The Warthog will likely shed some camo from now until the reveal, which is expected to be towards the end of 2022 as a 2023 model.