New Ford Bronco Raptor Evidence Surfaces on LinkedIn?
Ford has been pretty clear that it wants to offer the Bronco in an array of flavors catering to numerous customer types. While the Bronco Sport name has been reserved for its smaller sibling (an interesting decision straight out of the Mitsubishi and Nissan playbook), it was assumed the Blue Oval would eventually provide us with a hardcore variant of the larger model. The mere existence of the Baja-blasting Bronco R seemed to suggest that Ford was already considering the possibility, while the Ranger Raptor filled us with hope that the company would put those plans into action.
It may have already. Reports have surfaced that a Ford engineer updated their LinkedIn profile to include they were now an “EDS Systems Engineer” for the “2021 Bronco” and “2023 Bronco Raptor.”
According to screenshots of the profile shared on the Bronco6G forums, the anonymous employee is a nearly 30-year veteran who recently changed roles. While one would think a longtime staffer wouldn’t slip up like that, stranger things have happened. There’s also a chance Ford allowed this to leak to happen intentionally just to stir up buzz, since this doesn’t technically qualify as a confirmation (and a provides leeway for denial). After all, it could have been entirely fabricated by the original poster for a cheap laugh.
Speculations aside, the 2023 model year matches earlier rumors that the vehicle wouldn’t be ready until the normal Bronco had a few seasons to itself. Ford has nothing to say on the matter, and the actual profile has since scrubbed any mention of the Raptor from existence. That could mean Bronco6G had other, more nefarious, reasons for maintaining the employee’s anonymity, but the outlet has a pretty good record for releasing Bronco information that ultimately turns out to be dead-on.
We’ll just have to wait and see.
[Image: Ford Motor Co.]
A staunch consumer advocate tracking industry trends and regulation. Before joining TTAC, Matt spent a decade working for marketing and research firms based in NYC. Clients included several of the world’s largest automakers, global tire brands, and aftermarket part suppliers. Dissatisfied with the corporate world and resentful of having to wear suits everyday, he pivoted to writing about cars. Since then, that man has become an ardent supporter of the right-to-repair movement, been interviewed on the auto industry by national radio broadcasts, driven more rental cars than anyone ever should, participated in amateur rallying events, and received the requisite minimum training as sanctioned by the SCCA. Handy with a wrench, Matt grew up surrounded by Detroit auto workers and managed to get a pizza delivery job before he was legally eligible. He later found himself driving box trucks through Manhattan, guaranteeing future sympathy for actual truckers. He continues to conduct research pertaining to the automotive sector as an independent contractor and has since moved back to his native Michigan, closer to where the cars are born. A contrarian, Matt claims to prefer understeer — stating that front and all-wheel drive vehicles cater best to his driving style.
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