by Daryl Payne and Tony West
The Ford Bronco roared onto the streets last year and has since had an impressive reception across demographics. Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) recently dropped their 2022 model with the high-performance off-road Raptor franchise to create a super souped-up premium off-road SUV.
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The 2022 Bronco Raptor is classy ruggedness with a higher ground clearance, more muscular frame, upgraded High Performance Off-Road Stability System (HOSS), BF Goodrich 37 inch all-terrain tires and a 400-horsepower Ecoboost 3.0 liter engine.
The new Bronco Raptor has mightiness with its boxed muscular high-strength steel frame, heavy duty front bumper combined with stylish cues like the amber daytime running lights, amber interior lighting, and standard Ford Performance Code Orange accents. Carbon fiber trims the grab handles, steering wheel and gear shifter.
The 2022 Bronco Raptor is big, brawny and fully capable with new shock towers that aid off-roading, an advanced 4×4 system with three modes and dual exhaust system with active valve technology. The upgraded transfer case also features a 3.06 4×4 LO ratio for up to a 67.7:1 crawl ratio.
Ford’s Performance team joined forces with FOX and beefed up the Bronco Raptor’s HOSS System. The new Bronco Raptor boasts the HOSS 4.0 system with FOX’s new 3.1 Internal Bypass Semi Active Dampers with integrated reservoirs up front and removable reservoirs in the rear. Suspension height sensors and other sensors at each corner monitor terrain conditions independently hundreds of times every second to adjust suspension tuning.
It’s being projected that the 2022 Bronco Raptor will be the most powerful street-legal Bronco ever. A twin-turbo 3.0 liter EcoBoost engine with 400 horsepower is matted to a 10 speed Select Shift automatic transmission. Intercooling and air-induction systems can handle higher temperatures. A dual exhaust system features active valve technology that allows drivers to alter the sound of their Bronco Raptor with four selectable exhaust modes, including Normal, Sport, Quiet and Baja.
The comprehensive Terrain Management System adds 3 additional G.O.A.T. (Goes Over Any Type of Terrain) drive modes to bring the total to 7. A new Tow/Haul mode, offers a tow capability of 4,500 pounds, and Baja mode helps the Bronco Raptor turn and dip off-road at higher speeds. Trail Control, Trail Turn Assist and Trail One-Pedal Driving are also included.
We tested Trail Turn Assist and Trail Control at a spring rally last year, put on by the Midwest Automotive Media Association.
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