Detroit Auto Show: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is our kind of truck

Article by Christian A., on January 13, 2015

Besides the impressive GT supercar, Ford also brought at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) the all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor. The big surprise is found under the hood, where the 2017 F-150 Raptor carries a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine bolted to a 10-speed transmission.

According to Ford the 3.5-liter engine more powerful than the current 6.2-liter V8, which delivers 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. In addition, the new F-150 Raptor is 6-inches wider than the standard aluminum-bodied F-150 and features its first-ever dual-exhaust and new 17-inch wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires.

Furthermore, the pickup truck uses an all-new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case, with an advanced version of off-road mode driver-assist technology. Ford says that the Raptor’s new case capable to manage power distribution between the front and rear wheels.

The driver can select one of the six preset modes for the truck, depending on terrain and driving conditions: Normal mode for everyday driving, Street mode for better performance, Weather mode for rain, snow and ice, Mud and sand mode, Baja mode for high-speed desert running and Rock mode for low-speed rock crawling.

Set to go on sale in the fall of 2016, the new Raptor comes with a brand new design inspired by Ford’s performance heritage in off-road racing, which includes Best in the Desert, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series but also the famous Baja 1000.

Inside, the design is about creating a comfortable place for the driver and passengers and Ford will offer three color material levels, paddle shifters as well as auxiliary switches to control aftermarket equipent such as lights or an air compressor.

Powertrain

Propulsion for the new Ford F-150 Raptor is served by the carmaker’s new, second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. This is more powerful and more efficient than the current 6.2-liter V8 mill that generates 411 hp of output and 434 lb.-ft. of torque. The Raptor is the only F-150 powered by the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, which is mated to an all-new 10-speed transmission.

The performance of the new F-150 Raptor is boosted by an all-new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case that features an advanced off-road mode driver-assist technology. This new transfer case for the Ford F-150 Raptor manages power distribution between the front and rear wheels. To achieve better performance levels especially in slippery conditions, this transfer case marries the best qualities of clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive with mechanical-locking four-wheel drive.

Moreover, the new Ford F-150 Raptor is provided with the all-new Terrain Management System that allows drivers to choose from six different modes to optimize the truck’s driving dynamics according to the present environmental conditions. These six preset modes include: Normal for daily drives; Street for higher-performance, on-the-road drives; Mud and Sand for driving on muddy and sandy terrain; Weather for driving on slippery conditions like rain, snow or ice; Rock for low-speed rock crawling; and Baja for high-speed desert cruises.

The new Ford F-150 Raptor could be fitted with an available Torsen front differential that could take its off-road capability to another level. The Torsen front differential could increase grip for the front wheels, thereby allowing the F-150 Raptor to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades.

As standard, the new Ford F-150 Raptor is cushioned by the new FOX Racing Shox with custom internal bypass technology. This system could damp and stiffen suspension travel over rough terrain, thereby preventing the Raptor from bottoming out. To further improve the truck’s performance, the diameters of its front and rear shock canisters were increased from 2.5 inches to 3 inches in diameter, allowing for more suspension travel than the current Raptor. (11.2 inches at the front and 12 inches at the rear).

Press Release

2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

Eagerly anticipated and still unmatched by any auto manufacturer, Ford - America's truck leader - introduced the all-new Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew, adding agility, versatility and roominess to the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 Raptor ever.

Developed with the DNA of a Baja race truck, F-150 Raptor is unique among off-road and performance vehicles, with a purpose-built engine, chassis and suspension that enables it to travel fast over challenging desert landscapes or crawl over rocky terrain.

Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew with four full-size doors provides rear passengers with more legroom and comfort on the trails and more space to stow gear while exploring the American and Canadian wilderness. SuperCrew's 145-inch wheelbase is 12 inches longer than the standard Raptor SuperCab 133-inch wheelbase.

"F-150 Raptor means superior off-road capability, from rock crawling to sand running," said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director. "With the addition of SuperCrew, F-150 Raptor customers can leave the pavement behind - without sacrificing comfort and space."

Advanced materials - including high-strength steel and high-strength, military grade, aluminum alloy - help save up to 500 pounds versus the prior Raptor for improved off-road prowess. Combined with all-new EcoBoost engine technology, the next-generation F-150 Raptor's power-to-weight ratio has been improved, making the truck even more agile off-road.

Toughest F-150 Raptor ever

The all-new Ford F-150 Raptor starts with a purpose-built fully boxed frame - the backbone of the truck - that is the strongest in the F-150 lineup, featuring more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor.

Ford F-150 Raptor's chiseled looks are reminiscent of Trophy Trucks - the fastest and most powerful class of off-road pickups. F-150 Raptor is 6 inches wider than standard F-150 for enhanced stability off-road.

The all-new F-150 Raptor also boasts its first-ever dual exhaust and new 17-inch wheels with next-generation BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires designed for off-road performance.

Smartest F-150 Raptor ever

Ford F-150 Raptor is powered by Ford's new, second-generation high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine that produces more power with greater efficiency than the current 6.2-liter V8, which is rated at 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque.

The high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost is a Raptor-exclusive in the F-150 lineup paired with an all-new 10-speed transmission for improved efficiency.

An all-new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case, with advanced, easy-to-use off-road mode driver-assist technology, further improves Raptor's performance so it is easy to drive off-road across varying terrain.

Ford F-150 Raptor's new transfer case, which manages power distribution between the front and rear wheels, combines the best attributes of clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive with durable, mechanical-locking four-wheel drive to send power to the wheels in slippery conditions.

Ford F-150 Raptor's pioneering off-road driving mode technology has evolved into an all-new Terrain Management System™ that enables the driver to select modes to optimize driving dynamics to environmental conditions - from snow to mud, sand and more.

Six preset modes help the truck power through different terrain and driving conditions:

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
Most capable F-150 Raptor ever

An available Torsen front differential increases off-road capability further. The system increases grip significantly for the front end of the truck and allows it to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades - even when traction is split between the front tires.

Ford F-150 Raptor comes standard with new FOX Racing Shox with custom internal bypass technology that works to damp and stiffen suspension travel over rough terrain, helping prevent the truck from bottoming out.

Front and rear shock canisters have grown from 2.5 inches to 3 inches in diameter for improved performance. They feature more suspension travel than the current Raptor's 11.2 inches at the front and 12 inches at the rear.

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