Ford’s presentation at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit on Monday offered a welcome debut for truck fans in the form of a new Raptor.
The Raptor, Ford’s off-road Baja-style pickup truck, has been hugely popular for the blue oval, however its production run ended this year as it was based on the last generation F-150 body and frame. When the all new aluminum 2015 F-150 was first revealed, no Raptor version was included in the lineup making for a hot topic of conversation amongst Raptor fans. Will they? Won’t they.
Well now we know, they will. However, we’ll have to wait a bit longer for the new Raptor to make it to the showroom as it is slated to be a 2017 model that won’t be available until the fall of 2016.
It sounds like it will be worth the wait though. This new Raptor promises to be all that the previous version was along with a few new features. Firstly, it will weigh 500 lbs. less than the steel body version and it will also be powered by a new Hi-output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine that is said to make more horsepower and torque than the current Raptor’s 411-hp, 434-lb.-ft. 6.2L V8 makes.
This new engine will also be mated to an all-new 10-speed transmission. Underneath, the nuts and bolts of what makes a Raptor a Raptor have also been redesigned with larger FOX Racing Shox, more suspension travel and all-new terrain management technology.
Also, look for advanced LED lighting, and new camera technology for improved visibility day or night.