The second generation of the F-150 Raptor is due to hit the market in late 2016 as a 2017 model. Making its debut in 2010 as the work of Ford’s Special Vehicle Team, the Raptor was the first high-performance pickup truck offering true off-road abilities. Now, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will bring a bevy of substantial changes expected to take its performance to a whole new level. Namely, the redesigned model is adopting the F-150’s new lightweight architecture, while its 6.2-liter V8 will be replaced by a high-output version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 paired with a new ten-speed automatic transmission. Also, a roomier SuperCrew model will join the Raptor SuperCab that has already been revealed.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is expected to stay in the same price range as the previous-generation model that started just above $51,000. The all-new Raptor will hit the showroom floors in the fall of 2016.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Design
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will be based on the same design language introduced with the 2015 F-150. What sets the Raptor apart is its six-inches wider body as well as raised and downsized front and rear bumpers that allow better off-road performance. Of course, the front end will be dominated by a large FORD grille and numerous marker lights. Other unique features include a giant front skid plate and front fender vents that have been redesigned for 2017. At the back, the Raptor gets another huge FORD lettering and a newly introduced dual exhaust. Buyers will be able to choose between the short-wheelbase SuperCab and long-wheelbase SuperCrew configurations. With its 12 inches longer wheelbase, the Raptor SuperCrew provides much more rear passenger space and comfort.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Specs
As mentioned, the second-generation Raptor receives the updated 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 instead of the old 6.2-liter V8 that made 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. Although it has yet to be officially confirmed, the new EcoBoost is expected to churn out around 450 ponies with better fuel efficiency. The engine will be paired with a new ten-speed gearbox equipped with paddle shifters, which should also contribute to improved fuel economy and better off-road performance. Among numerous upgrades underneath the Raptor’s skin will be an all-new Torque-On-Demand transfer case, as well as Ford’s latest Terrain Management System.