Over a year from now, you might not see the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor arrive in dealership. Unveiled at the Detroit 2015 Auto Show, the off-road truck has been tested on the road by Ford. Its predecessor has been successful in the Baja race so the new Raptor should be both quick on nimble over jagged landscape. There has been a short video clip released by Ford that shows a Raptor prototype going through an unrevealed, deeply forested location in a trial test. The video shows that the Ford 2017 Raptor can climb a hill or all the way through some sludge.
The first generation Raptor comes with the 6.2-liter V8 but the Ford 2017 Raptor is powered by the turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. Compared to 411 hp for the current V8, there is around 450 hp estimated produced by the EcoBoost engine. There is more ground clearance in the 2017 Raptor than the old model plus the added more advanced Fox Racing Shox absorbers. A new transfer case is added that by all accounts blends the best characteristic of the cars’ permanent all-wheel drive systems and motorized four-wheel drive systems available in conventional SUVs and trucks.
The weight reduce of an aluminum framework is also featured in the new Raptor similar to the rest of the new-generation F-150 lineup. There is estimated 500 pounds shed over the previous model that will increase both fuel economy and performance. A new 10-speed automatic transmission will debut in the Ford 2017 Raptor, and perhaps the Mustang too will also add fuel economy. This transmission is anticipated to be adopted to the rest of the F-150 listings later.
The dunes of Silver Lake, Michigan are where Ford sends the new Ford 2017 Raptor pickup for testing. A drone follows all the way where Raptor is going to capture the video. The EcoBoost V6 truly show its power to take the Raptor to climb the hills and through the mud in the wood. The video also show us how the articulation of the suspension and those huge, beefy tires works well against the harsh terrains. Unfortunately, audience seems expect to feel a few minutes behind the wheel of the new truck when jumping in the sand.
Release date and competitors
There will be essentially no competitors for the F-150 Ford 2017 Raptor when it arrives in dealership next fall. This is due to no other full-size truck maker would want to build such quite extreme truck as Raptor.