The hardcore Bronco has been caught on video sporting some very wide fenders.
Deliveries for the new 2021 Ford Bronco aren't scheduled to begin until next spring, but Ford is already testing a new, more hardcore variant. Ford officially teased the more rugged Bronco last month, and now two prototypes have been spotted in the wild by the guys at The Fast Lane Truck.
Naturally, as soon as they spotted the two four-door prototypes cruising the streets they gave chase and hit the record button on their camera to capture them on video for our viewing pleasure. Both prototypes are heavily camouflaged, but Ford can't hide the noticeably wider fenders and chunkier off-road tires.
The flared fenders make the off-roader look much more menacing than the Bronco with the Sasquatch package installed. Initially, the hardcore Bronco was expected to adopt the Raptor name and be sold alongside the F-150 Raptor, but trademark filings suggest it will be called the Warthog instead.
As standard, the Sasquatch package includes 17-inch wheels wrapped in 35-inch tires, but the Warthog variant will get beefier 37-inch tires to tackle the dirt. Under the hood, the Bronco is powered by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder with 270 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, while the Bronco Sport is offered with either a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder with 181 hp and 190 lb-ft of torque or an optional turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder rated at 245 hp and 275 lb-ft.
From the exhaust note, it's difficult to tell which engine is powering the prototype, but the exhaust definitely sounds different from the current Bronco. However, it lacks the grunt of a V8, so don't get your hopes up for a 5.0-liter V8. Nothing is official yet, but the new Warthog version is expected to utilize the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 that powers the Explorer ST, where it generates 400 hp and 415 lb-ft.
The Ford Bronco Warthog isn't expected to arrive until late 2022, so we're hoping it won't be long until the prototypes start shedding more camouflage to give us a better look at Ford's new rugged off-roader.