The Ford F-150 Raptor is a well known truck, even by the least of truck aficionados and alike – to put it in a nice way, you might not like trucks at all, but chances are you know about the Raptor and are keen of its look. But, time has come and replacement has arrived.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor tears its way through the International North American 2015 Detroit Auto show all while re-inventing its self and building upon the previous raptor to provide an even more capable off-road monster. “When we created the first Raptor, we set out to prove vehicle performance isn’t just measured on the street or at the track – off-road can be even more fun,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president of Global Product Development.
We have no Doubt Raj, and since Ford decided to use the old F-150 base it will feature a purpose built frame which is the strongest in the F-150 lineup, which is achieved through the use of more high-strength steel. The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will interestingly have body panels made out of “forged high-strength military grade aluminum alloy” while the body is 6 inches wider than the standard 2017 F-150 making the Raptor even more unique and identifiable this time.
Another Eco-Boost makes the rounds, and while the outgoing SVT Raptor’s 6.2 Liter V8 sounded gracious it finds itself replaced with a second-generation 3.5 Liter Ecoboost V6 that is both more efficient and more powerful than the big V8. The Eco Boost is expected to make well over 415 hp and it benefits from a better dual exhaust with a 10 speed automatic gearbox.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor gets rear three Terrain Management System, while the new transfer case combines a clutch driver all-wheel-drive system with a mechanical-locking-four-wheel drive on demand. The new Terrain Management System works on adjusting the powertrain, traction control, driveline, ABS and AdvanceTrac stability control calibrations to provide the driver with the best performance in six preset modes. The modes available range from severe to standard starting with the basic 1. every day driving mode 2. Street mode to enable higher performance on street 3. Weather mode for different weather conditions 4. Mud and Sand mode 5. Baja mode for high-speed desert runs 6. Rock mode for any rock crawling and climbing mission, all of which benefit from the new Raptor’s added front traction via an improved Torsen front differential.
Expect the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor to make its way to the UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other GCC countries by mid 2016 and probably earlier for the United States market.