No automotive news story generated as many headlines as Ford’s announcement that the beloved Bronco was making its return. And, return it did, selling out its limited-production First Edition trim in just hours and earning accolades from 4x4 enthusiasts and gear heads everywhere. Now in its second year, the 2022 Ford Bronco adds a new Everglades trim and a wildly capable Raptor version that lives up to its name and then some.
Just when we thought the Bronco couldn’t get more exciting, Ford keeps us on our toes with these new versions and gives buyers a lot to think about as they decide which Bronco works best for their lifestyle. With eight different trims to choose from and a wide assortment of packages and add-ons, it’s almost as fun to build your new Bronco as it will be to drive it home and to all your future adventures.
You see, this Bronco is for adventurers. Whether you choose a two-door or a four-door, an old-school manual shifter or an automatic, the Bronco features up to 400 horsepower, an available Sasquatch Package that adds tons of off-roading components, and even an oversize 12-inch infotainment touchscreen on certain trims. It’s the perfect combination of next-generation technology and classic off-roading capability, and it’s why the 2022 Ford Bronco was awarded North American Utility Vehicle of the Year.
For those who aren’t counting, this recent award marks the twelfth time the all-new Bronco has taken home a trophy. It’s a Detroit News Reader’s Choice Award winner, a 2022 Forbes Wheels of the Year recipient, and Car and Driver added the 2022 Bronco to both the 10Best and Editors’ Choice lists. With so many industry experts in agreement, choosing your next backcountry SUV is risk-free, but only if you choose the 2022 Ford Bronco.
Brand new for 2022 is the Bronco Everglades. Like the rest of the Bronco lineup, the Everglades trim prioritizes trail-readiness but with a few unique extras. All Everglades models include the popular Sasquatch Package, with knobby 35-inch Mud-Terrain tires, front and rear electronic locking axles, a higher ground clearance, and Bilstein shock absorbers. Unique to the Everglades version is a set of 17-inch gray alloy wheels.
Also only found on the Bronco Everglades is a factory-installed winch kit. The Ford Performance by WARN Winch Kit is custom-made for the 2022 Bronco Everglades and is rated for up to 10,000 pounds. It features a wired remote control, a red hook strap, and an equally heavy-duty 10,000-pound winch hook. Because Ford installs the winch kit at the factory, fit-and-finish is seamless. The winch kit comes in handy to pull yourself or someone else out of the mud.
Have you ever wondered what that giant black tube mounted to the side of a truck or SUV was for? It’s actually called a snorkel system, and it’s not just for looks. Snorkel systems optimize performance in snowy, wet, or dusty conditions by helping the engine breathe more efficiently. It acts as a venting system, and it’s accompanied by additional vents on the Bronco Everglades’s axles, transmission, and transfer case. This contributes to a 36.4-inch fording capability, so you can cross that river and plow ahead through the mud with confidence.
Everglades Broncos also feature a unique exterior paint color palate and special badging to distinguish them from other Bronco trims. A heavy-duty front bumper is standard, along with black roof rails, LED lighting, and bash plates to protect the front and underbody. Just like other Bronco trims, the Everglades includes removable doors and top for true open-air exploration, as well as AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control to keep you upright.
If you’re looking for the ultimate in Bronco capability and performance, the top-of-the-line Bronco Raptor is for you. True to its name, the Raptor represents Ford’s most powerful Bronco available, and it’s equally at home speeding across desert sands or climbing the side of a mountain. Under the hood lies a powerful 400-horsepower twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission, sending all the power you need to a set of 37-inch all-terrain tires.
Ford calls the 2022 Bronco Raptor the “apex of [its] off-road lineup,” and for a good reason–it joins the wildly popular F-150 Raptor as part of the automaker’s Ultra4 Racing production vehicle lineup. It sits on a high-strength steel frame that features special shocks designed to increase durability and wheel travel. Upgraded front and rear axles increase track width to 73.6 inches, 8.6 inches wider than the base Bronco, and ground clearance increases 4.8 inches to 13.1 inches.
A High-Performance Off-Road Stability Suspension (HOSS) by FOX includes dampers with integrated reservoirs in the front, along with a series of suspension height sensors that continuously adapt and adjust to changing terrain in milliseconds. Wheel travel increases to 13 inches in the front and 14 inches in the rear, providing more crawling ability over boulders and other trail obstacles. The 37-inch BFGoodrich tires are the largest on any production SUV in history.
As for high-speed desert racing, that’s when the Bronco Raptor’s list of capabilities becomes even more exciting. The 400-hp power plant officially makes the Raptor the most powerful street-legal Bronco model in history. It’s equipped with extra cooling technology to withstand blistering desert heat and includes a dual-exhaust system that drivers can custom tune to four selectable modes: Normal, Sport, Quiet, and Baja. Select the Baja Mode from the Bronco’s seven available G.O.A.T. system to fine-tune the system for desert racing.
Ford’s HOSS suspension technology features prominently on the 2022 Bronco’s long list of off-road-ready capabilities. All trims–including the Base–come available with a HOSS suspension, so they’re not reserved only for the most expensive versions. All models also feature Ford’s selectable Goes Over Any Type of Terrain, or G.O.A.T., technology for a custom-tuned ride that optimizes performance and torque in specific road (or trail) conditions.
What exactly are G.O.A.T. Modes? Simply put, it’s a selectable terrain management system that lets drivers choose from a series of modes to dial in specific steering, handling, and torque/performance settings. A total of ten available G.O.A.T. modes make up the 2022 Bronco’s array of terrain management capabilities. Depending on the trim and choices, drivers can toggle through:
Base, Outer Banks, Big Bend, and Black Diamond trim buyers can choose the HOSS 1.0 system. It’s a pared-down system that includes HOSS-tuned heavy-duty front and rear dampers and a solid rear axle with variable rate coil-over springs. Also known as progressive rate, variable rate coil-over springs soften the ride without diminishing capability. They’re a great compromise for buyers who plan to spend as much time on the road as they will on the trail because they still provide a stiffer suspension but lessen the jarring effects of a single rate coil spring.
The HOSS 2.0 features prominently with the available Sasquatch Package. It features Bilstein Position Sensitive Dampers that are HOSS-tuned and include end-stop control to further improve handling. The Position Sensitive Dampers can automatically soften for more comfortable highway driving and reset to a higher damping force when off-road conditions require. Also standard on the HOSS 2.0 system is an independent front suspension. You’ll find this version on Badlands, Wildtrak, and the all-new Everglades trim when the Sasquatch Package is added.