The Ford F-150 Raptor is probably one of the coolest offroad vehicles out there, and the great news is that the automaker already has planned upgrades for the 2019 model year, to make the already rugged pickup even more capable. The upgraded truck will be easier to drive even on extremely bumpy roads, and this will be out in dealerships by the end of the year.
The Blue Oval will further improve the Raptor suspension after already fitting larger diameter FOX Racing shocks for the 2017 model year upgrade. The newest version features Live Valve technology that varies compression rates to adjust the damping to the terrain ahead.
This adapts to the terrain in real time to actively maximize handling, comfort and bottom out resistance. Sensors found on the suspension and body can monitor what’s happening while tweaking the setup accordingly. The technology will even be aware of when the pickup is in the air when it jumps, stiffening the dampers to ensure a smoother landing.
Furthermore, the 2019 model year will benefit from a Trail Control system that acts like cruise control for low speed, off road driving. Drivers can activate the technology from one to 20 miles per hour, where the vehicle will then take over to keep moving forward at a constant speed, this includes powering and braking individual wheels are necessary. This also allows the person behind the wheels to focus on just steering.
Inside the cabin of the updated F-150 Raptor are new Recaro sport seats as part of the optional interior accent package. These feature larger bolsters than the current chairs and have a blue Alcantara center sections with accent stitching in a sapphire shade like that of the Light Speed color inside the Ford GT.
For buyers who would like to personalize their 2019 Raptor, they have a few other choices of options. For instance, the exterior of the truck is available in three new colours including Velocity Blue, Performance Blue, and Agate Black. There’s also a revised appearance for the “Ford” rear applique that features two tone styling. There is also a set of beadlock capable wheels that will be available.
Under the hood of the 2019 Raptor is the same powertrain, and that is the same 3.5 liter biturbo V6 that produces 450 horsepower (336 kilowatts) and 510 pound feet (692 Newton metres) of torque. There is also a 10 speed automatic gearbox that has a high-low transfer case as well as a four wheel drive to take care of getting the power to the ground.