Along with its brawny build, the Ford Bronco used to come with substantial engines that feed into its image as a bona fide beast. When or if it comes back, the rough-and-tumble look may not necessarily go, but the big engines will.
An SVT Raptor performance variant is all but guaranteed for not only the Bronco, but the Ford Ranger as well.
That much we can be confident of, based on the success and growth Ford Performance has been enjoying with the Ford F-150 Raptor, Ford Mustang, and Ford Focus RS.
But Blue Oval, in deciding to slot in a 3.5L turbo EcoBoost V6 engine to replace the old 6.2L V8 on the 2017 F-150 Raptor, has established a precedent that the two upcoming vehicles would have to follow when they arrive.
And there’s no need for Ford Performance fans to fret, given that the new EcoBoost-driven Raptor will produce more than the 411hp and 434lb-ft torque made in the 6.2L block.
Plus, this powertrain change fits snugly into the narrative of Ford pushing for efficiency improvements in its lineup. That’s why the Ford F-150 is shifting to an aluminum-intensive build and welcoming a hybrid model at this decade’s turnover to the next.