The Ford F-150 Raptor mule that has been in hiding considering that very first showing up again in June of 2019 has returned, sporting new structural bracing, a coil-sprung rear suspension, and most likely a host of other updates we are not able to even see.
But what is it? Here’s what we know.
For starters, although this mule is clearly donning human body panels from the F-150 Raptor, Ford isn’t going to provide a shorter-taxi/shorter-bed variant of its off-road truck, and given the in depth structural modifications we see right here, it seems not likely that we are on the lookout at a mule for a operate-of-the mill F-150, even just one as special as the Raptor.
In between the small wheelbase and included structural elements, we’re inclined to imagine that what we’re wanting at is some kind of SUV mule, which potential customers us down an additional rabbit hole. If it is an SUV, which just one would it be?
The gut reply in this article is “some type of Bronco,” but considering that this mule’s wheels are pushed out to the edges of its Raptor bodywork, that theory however leaves us scratching our heads. Whatsoever this is, it’s substantially larger sized than any Bronco mule or prototype we’ve noticed (or been led to anticipate).
We know there will be two unique Bronco styles (the two- and 4-door midsize Bronco and the compact Bronco Activity), but we haven’t found anything that leads us to imagine that a third variant this significant is slated to join the lineup. Further complicating issues is the actuality that Ford’s only existing physique-on-body SUV is the Expedition the smaller Explorer is based mostly on a unibody chassis.
This does not leave us with a total whole lot of options. Does Ford have a leading-secret 4×4 job in the will work? Hopefully, we’ll find out quickly.