New 2023 Ford Bronco Raptor Allegedly Confirmed By Job Title On LinkedIn

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The Ford F-150 Raptor off-road sport pickup has proved to be a huge marketing and sales success for the automaker. It only makes sense that Ford would spread that formula to a new Raptor model based on the very new and very popular 2021 Ford Bronco SUV, which may have just been confirmed.

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The LinkedIn profile of a anonymous Ford employee was recently updated to change their job title to “EDS Systems Engineer,” for the “2021 Bronco / 2023 Bronco Raptor.” EDS stands for Electrical Distribution System, so important stuff like designing the vehicle’s wiring harness and electrical systems.

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According to screenshots of the profile on the Bronco6G forums, the engineer has apparently been an employee at Ford working as an EDS engineer for nearly 30 years. That makes a little slip up on a LinkedIn profile a little more significant, since a veteran like that isn’t going to take any intentional risks for bragging rights at this point.

If the LinkedIn post is accurate and there is a performance Bronco Raptor coming, it would confirm earlier claims on the Bronco6G forum members of a Raptor model coming to Bronco lineup in 2023 first reported back in February of 2019.

The current Ford F-150 Raptor comes with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine producing a very healthy 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. However, the latest rumors suggest Ford has plans to challenge the new Hellcat-powered Ram TRX with a 720+ horsepower F-150 Raptor with the Mustang GT500's V8.

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If that rumor has any credibility, and this rumor has any credibility, then I suppose it’s possible we can start propagating the rumor that Bronco GT500 is on the way?

But there’s something telling me Ford won’t do that, at least not a first. I bet there will be a lower-powered F-150 Raptor that influences the 2023 Bronco Raptor. It could even be whatever hybrid stuff Ford is working on that leaked a few months ago. Don’t have to wait long to find out!

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DISCUSSION

I trust 0% of the ‘accidental’ leaks coming out of Ford right now. They took one look at the V8 Jeep and said, well, better one-up them.

Engineer John, here’s your new title, go update your LinkedIn profile and then - after an appropriate amount of time - frantically change it.