The All-New 2017 F-150 Raptor Revealed At 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, a name that gives nightmares to even seasoned competitors the likes of Dodge and Chevy, is all set to get a rework in 2016. In a recent press release, Ford has announced the release of latest 2017 Raptor, possibly scheduled for a late 2016 release. Before we plunge into the next-gen, it is only right that we take a glimpse at the legacy that is Ford Raptor.
The first models of Ford F-150 Raptor hit the roads in late 2009. However, development on the model began as early as November, 2003, and it was clear from the beginning that the Raptor was set to be a truly off-road vehicle, unlike its competitors’ half-hearted efforts. Apart from the power, Ford also made sure to enhance its fuel-efficiency, which is the reason why we have the EcoBoost V6 engine and the 6-speed automatic transmission fitted in the F-150. Since the first Raptor hit the roads in 2009, we have seen everything from a 5.4L engine packing a 310 horsepower and 365 lb.-ft. of torque, to a racing version Raptor with 6.2L engine and a massive 500 horsepower. Referring to the Raptor series, Raj Nair, current Ford group vice president, Global Product Development has said, “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.”
The all-new 2017 Ford SVT Raptor will sport the latest 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine. The Raptor will be a major improvement in power compared to the current 6.2L V8 that gives 411 hp and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission will replace the current 6-speed setup for better performance off-road. The advanced LED lighting features combined with latest camera technology ensure great visibility both day and night.
Off-road enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn about the suspension tech. The redesigned FOX Racing Shox with more suspension travel and all-new terrain
management technology will grant drivers the ability to smoothly glide over rocks. The suspension also boasts of a custom intern
al bypass technology that damps and stiffens the suspension travel over rough terrain, essentially preventing the pickup from bottoming out. Both front and rear shock canisters are now 3 inches in diameter, compared to the 2.5
inches in previous version. Besides, they also feature more suspension travel or improved navigational capabilities off-road.
The purpose-built high-strength steel frame and high-strength, military-grade, aluminum-alloy body, not only give the vehicle an impregnable exterior, but also have helped it shed over 500 pounds in comparison to its predecessor, 2015 Raptor. This translates to a safer design at improved fuel efficiency. Another area to be considered for off-road driving is the stability of the vehicle while maneuvering difficult terrain. Obviously, the engineers at Ford know this and have made the Raptor 6 inches wider for better stability. Additionally, they have fitted it with 17-inch wheels with next-generation BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires that are designed with only one purpose in mind – off road driving.
According to Ford, the all-new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case, with an advanced, easier-to-use version of off-road mode driver-assist technology, further improves Raptor’s trail performance. The new transfer case is designed to work optimally in a variety of terrain including rocks, mud, sand, and snow. The transfer case combines the best attributes of clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive with durable, mechanical-locking four-wheel drive, and provide for perfect power distribution between front and rear wheels.
The smart Terrain Management System™ is pre-programed with multiple modes to support a variety of terrain and environmental conditions. The driver can select any of these modes to optimize driving dynamics to suit the conditions. By selecting any mode, the driver can change the calibrations of powertrain, driveline, traction control, ABS and AdvanceTrac stability to suit a particular driving condition. The technology comes with 6 preset modes for the pickup.
- Normal mode for everyday driving
- Street mode for higher-performance, on-road driving
- Weather mode for rain, snow or ice
- Mud and sand mode for muddy and sandy trails and terrain
- Baja mode for high-speed desert running
- Rock mode for low-speed rock crawling
Ever heard of F-22 Raptor? Well, apparently so have the guys at Ford. Clearly they are not the kind to let the resemblance to be limited to only the names. The 2017 Raptor will now house auxiliary switches for aftermarket equipment such as lighting or air compressors, in the roof, just like – Fighter jets.
The info that is available on the 2017 Ford Raptor already places it leaps and bounds ahead of its competition in the market. The vehicle will be made available in the late 2016. By then, more details regarding its power, torque and other features will come to light. But you don’t have to wait till then to see for yourself what this vehicle is capable of doing. In the video above, you can see a previous Raptor model displaying what it is made of. If that blows your mind, then imagine what the updated version will be capable of, especially now that it is fitted with improved suspension, lighter body and stronger exterior.
2017 Ford Raptor Videos