2017 Ford Raptor
The Raptor first made waves in 2010 as being the first truly capable off-road oriented yank-tank straight out of the factory. Now after being on a 3 year hiatus, the Raptor is almost back and looking better than ever.
So what’s new for 2017?
The 2017 Raptor has the strongest frame in the Ford lineup, yet is 227 kgs lighter than the previous model. The motor is a 450 hp, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 which Ford claims is more powerful and efficient. Coupled with it’s dual exhausts and 10-speed automatic transmission, we can expect to see a Raptor that’s more efficient than the 2014 models paltry 21/15 city/highway L/100kmg. In terms of styling, Ford has taken a page from the Baja trophy trucks and widened the Raptor by 6 inches (cms?). The front and rear bumpers have also been reduced in order to improve approach and departure angles. The Raptor is also getting a new 4WD transfer case with a new interface to configure the truck for changing terrain conditions such as snow and mud.
The question on everyones’ mind is “how will do off-road?” While it’s too soon to make any judgments, Ford has released a video showcasing Raptor prototype testing, and while the terrain isn’t the most technical, it does demonstrate the Raptors ground clearance and fancy new long travel suspension.
The Raptor is expected to go on sale in Fall 2016.