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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor First Look

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/12/2015 Jason Udy
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor First Look

Based on the aluminum-intensive 2015 Ford F-150 pickup, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor builds on the previous Raptor for even more off-road capability. It was revealed at the 2015 Detroit auto show today.

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“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, in a release. “The original Raptor, plus enhancements on the all-new F-150 set the bar for us to make the all-new Raptor better in every way.”

2017 Ford F 150 Raptor© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Ford F 150 Raptor Upgrades to the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor are more comprehensive than before. Although based on the standard 2015 F-150, the 2017 F-150 Raptor features a purpose-built frame that is said to be the strongest in the F-150 lineup thanks to more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor. Ford claims the new Raptor is more than 500 pounds lighter than the previous model. Like the regular 2015 F-150, the new F-150 Raptor’s body panels are “forged from high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy.” With a body that is six-inches wider than the standard F-150, the new Raptor is influenced by off-road Trophy Trucks from Desert, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series, and the Baja 1000 off-road competitions.

The outgoing SVT Raptor’s 6.2-liter V-8 has been replaced with the second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. While power ratings for the 2017 F-150 Raptor’s EcoBoost haven't been announced, the automaker says it will be more powerful and more efficient than the old 6.2-liter V-8 engine’s 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque rating. In the regular 2015 Ford F-150, the 3.5-liter EcoBoost makes just 365 hp and 420 lb-ft. The Raptor's EcoBoost engine exhales through a new dual exhaust and is backed by an all-new 10-speed automatic, which should further improve performance and efficiency.

2017 Ford F 150 Raptor© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Ford F 150 Raptor Other drivetrain updates include a new four-wheel-drive torque-on-demand transfer case and an all-new Terrain Management System. The new transfer case combines a clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel-drive system with mechanical-locking four-wheel drive. The Terrain Management System adjusts powertrain, driveline, traction control, ABS, and AdvanceTrac stability control calibrations for the best performance in six preset modes: 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; and Rock mode for low-speed rock crawling. Additionally, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is available with a Torsen front differential for even more off-road capability including better front end traction.

“The new transfer case offers better traction for a greater variety of terrain at low and high speeds – both on-road and off-road,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer of Ford Performance, in a release.

The suspension has been beefed up over the last SVT Raptor with larger diameter (3.0 inches vs. 2.5 inches) FOX Racing Shox with custom internal bypass technology for better off-road perforance. Ford says the new shocks will have more suspension travel than the previous truck, which had 11.2 inches and 12 inches at the front and rear, respectively.

Other off-road bits include new 17-inch wheels with off-road oriented, next-generation BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires and LED lighting and camera technology for improved visibility in all conditions. Inside, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor features a choice of interior colors and materials, as well as paddle shifters for the new 10-speed automatic. Roof-mounted auxiliary switches can be wired to control aftermarket equipment including lights, an air compressor, or a winch.

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will be built at the automaker’s Dearborn Truck Plant and will go on sale in fall of 2016.

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