The 2017 Ford Raptor is undoubtedly America’s best-selling truck that is capable of running full throttle across Kalahari Desert effortlessly. Some of the attributes you get include a terrain management system that epitomizes performance depending on the prevailing driving conditions. Comes with a powerful V6 engine that takes charge in place of the V6 engine the existing model uses. An upgraded suspension for a smooth ride feel is also offered.
And finally, it comes with a stronger frame thanks to extensive use of strong, lightweight materials during its construction. Want to read more? Here in this review, you get a comprehensive review pertaining the Raptor release date, price, and details on the exterior and interior changes.
Stronger Than Ever
The backbone of the truck is a purposely-built fully boxed frame that unlike the outgoing Raptor features a more high-strength steel thereby making it the strongest in the entire F-150 lineup. The chiseled looks, at first glimpse, are reminiscent of the Trophy Trucks – the big, bad, bold, fastest, and the most powerful of the off-road pickups. Of-road stability is further enhanced by additional six-inches on its width.
When it comes to off-road performance, the all-new Raptor gets new seventeen-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires, and the first ever dual-exhaust system. Beneath the hood, it gets a new 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine that replaces the 6.2L V8 engine that previously offered an output rated at 411 hp and 434 pounds-feet of torque. The new V6, according to Ford, will be able to make a way much better output. However, the output figures have not been offered yet.
For superior off-road capability, the new model comes with an easy-to-use driver-assist technology, torque-on-demand transfer case, and an all-new four-wheel drive system. Slippery terrains need not be a concern as the new model comes with a mechanical-locking four-wheel drive system, an on-demand AWD system, and a new transfer case.
There are several drive modes available to help the driver optimize performance on different environmental conditions. They include: mud and sand mode for sandy and muddy terrains; Normal mode for daily-driving; rock mode for low-speed rock crawling; Baja mode for desert running; weather mode for snow, ice, and rain; and lastly, the street mode for on-road driving.
Once available, the new Ford Raptor 2017 will have to battle it out with the likes of Ram 2500 Power Wagon, and the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro.
What Are The 2017 Ford Raptor’s Release Date & Price?
Early 2017 is the date set for its release date, however, some sources argue that the new model might go for sale sometime in the second half of next year. $46,000 is what it will cost you to own the base Raptor model once it starts going for sale.
2017 Ford Raptor Exterior
According to the spy pictures we have, it is evident that the new model comes with additional body paints relative to the existing model. The signature grille has been re-tweaked a bit and it helps in offering the front profile a more menacing look. Additional exterior features to expect include 17-inch steel wheels, pre-wired trailer connections, trailer sway control, a cargo management system, exterior trim and chrome bumpers, a rear privacy glass, underbody skid plates, and automatic headlights.
Small Updates For The 2017 Ford Raptor Interior
The interior, too, continues with the subtle tweaks just like the exterior. Here, the passenger space remains unchanged from before as the dimensions haven’t grown an inch. However, the overall layout hints the level of premium-ship. The technologies have been upgraded, as have the materials’ quality. Some of the standard accessories you might expect include a 2.3-inch driver information screen, dual-zone automatic climate control, smartphone app connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity, remote keyless entry, USB ports, and power windows and locks. The full list will of course be offered on its release date.
If the trim levels are unchanged from the previous model, then we should expect about six levels: XLT, XL, Platinum, King Ranch, and the Limited. Different body styles are also expected to be offered: Supercrew, Supercab, and regular cab. The Raptor Shelby, and Bronco reviews are handled elsewhere.
Under the hood of the new 2017 Ford Raptor is an all-new twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 3.5L engine rated at 365 horsepower and 450 pounds-feet of torque. Pairing will be done to ten-speed automatic transmission system that Ford says will help conserve fuel consumption.
It is too early to speculate about the level of safety of the new model now. However, if the 2017 Raptor is anything to go by, then we should expect an overall five star rating for crash impact safety. Again, there are a myriad of safety technologies available as well.