2020 has been a year of new releases for Ford. Not long after it staged the highly anticipated return of the new Bronco with all of its six trim levels, the automaker also introduced the optional Sasquatch package for off-road enthusiasts.
But the Blue Oval is not done.
Recently, the company shared a photo on Twitter showing a camouflaged Bronco, which, eagle-eyed spectators agree, could be the upcoming Bronco Raptor or Warthog.
Earlier this month, Ford filed a trademark for the name “Warthog” that will reportedly be used for passenger cars, pickups, and SUVs. This sparked rumors that the upcoming high-performance Bronco will be given the Warthog nameplate instead of using the Raptor name that is widely used for the F-150 and Ranger pickup trucks.
The future Bronco Warthog is believed to be a larger Bronco model that will be built on the same body-on-frame platform as the F-150.
“We’re always going to keep it exciting and elevate Bronco to new heights,” a spokesperson for Ford told online publication Car and Driver.
However, the company recently put an end to persistent rumors that it will give the regular Bronco a V8 engine in the future. Ford executives said they are sticking with the twin-turbocharged 2.7-liter V6 that delivers up to 310 horsepower.
When it comes to the high-performance variant, however, it’s likely going to be equipped with an EcoBoost engine, although which specific type between the 400-hp 3.0-liter and 450-hp 3.5-liter remains to be seen.
For now, customers can only wait until Ford finally reveals which Bronco in the tweeted photos is.
The automaker is set to release the first batch of samples of the 2021 Bronco sometime next year with a starting price of $29,995 for the entry-level two-door model and $34,695 for the four-door variant.