Ask any off-road pickup truck enthusiasts to recommend a suitable vehicle, and chances are there he will mention the Ford F-150 Raptor along with Ram Power Wagon. The Raptor launched in 2010, has enjoyed a steady and growing popularity in its segment. The Raptor has received minor or moderate updates each year since its inception including engine changes. The new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor comes with a new engine, bold design, suspension modifications and features to trounce the rivals.
There are many enhancements in the 2017 F150 Raptor. The body is now lighter by 500 pounds. Also, this model gets a new and more fuel efficient Eco Boost engine and enhanced transmission. Exterior styling makes it look more rugged and menacing.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor – Modification That Will Include:
Like the preceding version, Ford F-150 Raptor 2017 has a rugged and absolutely menacing exterior styling. The grille and LED headlamps ooze a masculine charm. The typical blue-oval Ford emblem is not there on the grille and you see a “FORD” block lettering. The truck now weighs less owing to the usage of high-strength steel frame and military-grade aluminum alloy bodywork. It has shed 500 pounds compared to the predecessor- which is no mean feat. The backside has dual exhaust pipes. Also, it gets 17-inch All-Terrain K02 tires. Seems like that it will be offered in 2 body styles- SuperCab and SuperCrew.
The interior has also been spruced up to an extent. The suede and leather inserts look classy, to begin with. The carbon fiber accents look sleek and so does the enhanced overhead console. An Interior Color Accent Package is also available. In the SuperCrew model, you get oodles of rear legroom, somewhat like a limousine.
The technology used in the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is top notch. A 360-degree camera is available. There is a special Raptor Technology Package too.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor – Whole Power Unit:
The 2017 Raptor comes with a new engine. The truck is no longer loaded with the 6.2-liter V-8 unit and now it has a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 engine. While the exact output of the new engine is unclear, Ford says it will be more powerful and fuel efficient than the older one, possibly close to 450 hp. It is mated with a new 10-speed automatic transmission unit. You also get a revamped Terrain Management system with settings like Street, Mud, and sand. The 3-inch FOX Racing shock absorbers ensure great ride over bumpy and rough terrains.
Rated towing capacity stands at 8000 pounds, also expected maximum payload should be around 1500 pounds.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor – Price and Release Date:
The new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will have price tag of $49,520 for SuperCab. The SuperCrew will have price tag of $51,310. It will be made available for sale in late 2016. The Raptor Technology Package costs $1,950 extra.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is powerful and rugged off-road pickup. The new version gets a better engine, excellent tires, and exterior that oozes an aura of masculine strength. However, it will face some competition from the revamped Ram Power Wagon and new Chevy Reaper.