The next-generation 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show last year, it’s mean and aggressive looks had everyone throughout the show talking about it.
Thanks to some spy photographers, we knew that Ford was testing out a Raptor SuperCrew model with four full-size doors and an extended wheelbase. And Ford is set to unveil this model today in at the Detroit show.
The new F-150 Raptor SuperCrew has four full-size doors, providing rear passengers with more legroom and comfort on the trails, along with more space to stow gear while exploring the wilderness. The SuperCrew’s 145-inch wheelbase is 12 inches longer than the standard Raptor SuperCab.
The 2017 Raptor is powered by an all-new 3.5L EcoBoost engine that puts out more horsepower and torque than the previous 411-horsepower, 434-lb-ft 6.2L V8 in the Raptor, and it’s paired with an all-new 10-speed transmission for improved efficiency. Advanced materials – including high-strength steel and high-strength, military grade, aluminum alloy – help save 500lbs versus the prior Raptor for improved off-road prowess.
The weight savings and frame (a purpose-built fully boxed frame that features more high-strength steel than the previous Raptor) improve both performance and capability. The Raptor is also equipped with features allowing drivers to more easily navigate off road including standard larger FOX Racing Shox, standard 17″ BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires designed specifically for the Raptor, a new standard torque-on-demand transfer case to better manage power distribution between the front and rear wheels, and an all-new Terrain Management System that allows drivers to easily optimize the driving dynamics of the Raptor to conditions.
From its striking looks to its advanced technology, the Raptor has always been on the cutting edge. Sticking to the Raptor recipe for success, the new model will continue to be the leader in performance and style, with its unique fenders, signature front grille, standard dual exhaust, available new LED lighting, available 360-degree camera and available imposing tailgate.
I’ve driven a number of Raptors over the years both on- and off-road (including a crazy day in Baja where we really put the truck through it’s paces), and the Raptor has always left me with a big grin on my face. The new Raptor sounds improved in every respect, so I can’t wait to get some seat time behind the wheel.
The all-new 2017 Raptor goes on sale in the U.S. and Canada later this fall.