Ford is really cooking it up in the full-size pickup segment. After they introduced thirteenth generation of best-sold American car overall, they moved on to further expanding F-150’s lineup. 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will be the newest addition here and off-road oriented truck is supposed to offer something that current line lacks.
Under the Hood
Unlike in the past, when Raptors were powered with strongest engines available, new version will receive somewhat small 3.5L twin-turbocharged V6 unit. However, power output that comes out of twin turbo mill, should still remain the biggest F-150 can offer and should read more than 450 horsepower and pound-feet of torque alike. Being off-roader, new Raptor will come exclusively with all-wheel drive and new, 10-speed automatic transmission. Moreover, not every body option will be offered, but only larger two cabs.
|Type||3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine|
|Output||450 HP (est)|
Max speed is around 155 mph, and this truck reaches 60 mph for 5,5 seconds. For one truck, these features are very good.
Design – Inside and Outside look
Apart from visible visual differences which include all-black grille, hood scoop and different creases, 2016 Ford F-150 Raptor will feature off-road corresponding suspension, and wide and large 35-inch tires. Blackened grille also features Ford lettering instead of blue oval badge, and similar thing can be seen upon the tailgate as well. More pronounced fenders come with black margins and have small air intakes above them. Even though regular models look quite menacing, Raptor could scare them with ease. This is probably the meanest pickup Ford ever created.
Interior offers somewhat of a contrast. On one hand, Raptor is one of the most expensive models in the lineup and features adequate refinement, but on the other hand, it is still off-road truck which requires some more pragmatic options inside, as well as outside. That’s why it comes with all-black cabin which features leather seats and rubber floor mats. There are other differences as well, mostly in stitching and bounding, but, in general, Raptor incorporates its siblings’ design. This means that already known high, angular dashboard features in it as well.
As a top grade model, it also offers some rather high-tech options which include standard 8-inch touch screen display and Sony audio system. Safety features are advanced as well. Standard pickup option include mandatory airbags, stability and traction control, anti-lock brakes, hill-start assist and trailer sway control. Needless to say, 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor possesses them all, and further adds adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors and lane-keeping system.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Price
Raptor used to be high fuel-consuming truck in previous generation, but things should be slightly brighter from now on. Downsized V6 should fare better when fuel efficiency is concerned, but don’t expect any revolutionary figures. Upgrade will be average at best. Previous Raptors used to cost around $50,000 and we don’t see this trend changing any time soon. If you need off-road, sturdy pickup, be prepared to pay the price.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor continues where its predecessor left off, albeit with quite different powertrain. Still, it shouldn’t have any problems generating similar amount of power and offering the same high-end performance as it did before. Together with unique design and off-road complementary options, Raptor will be one of the most exciting options F-150 can offer.
The key Raptor rivals are Toyota Tundra and Dodge Ram Power Wagon.