After debuting at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show, the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has already managed to grab the attention and curiosity of truck enthusiasts worldwide. Based on an aluminium based architectural design, this vehicle boasts of further off-road trekking capabilities, as well as an enhanced level of performance and fuel economy. The new Raptor is also expected to lose more than 500 pounds thus aiding in fuel efficiency and overall handling. Needless to say, everyone is also quite excited to see what else Ford can offer on its exterior and interior design.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Exterior and Interior
Based on the older F-150 platform, the overall appearance of 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor looks like it has been taken out of a science fiction novel. It has got wider to have better grip and stability on roads; front and rear bumpers have been repositioned to look more aggressive and have now received LED lights for both front and rear lamps. It will ride on 17 inch wheels that are covered by BFGoodrich’s Terrain TA tyre that promises unmatched performance on all types of terrain. Its suspension has also been raised up to add more ground clearance, as well as provide comfort on rocky surfaces.
Ford has paid special attention to the interiors of 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor and has designed it in the most meticulous way possible. Seats variants come with suede and leather wrappings that are not only extremely comfortable on roads, but also stay true to their purpose off-roads as well. Its steering wheels have also got a touch of luxury and now come with leather cover. Apart from the luxury elements, there is also plenty of space in the cabin to fit passengers comfortably.
Technological enhancements can be expected to be quite advanced as we expect it to feature best in class infotainment and safety tools. There should be all the necessary requirements such as Bluetooth, navigation system, cruise control and others switchable drive options customised for a particular type of roads. Precise details are expected to become available as we got closer to its date of release.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Engine Specs
The currently available SVT Raptor’s engine, which is a 6.2 litre V8 unit has been replaced with a more economic 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 engine that produces a horsepower of 365 and torque of 420 lb-ft. Yes, the outputs have reduced, but this will affect the car’s off-road trekking capabilities in a positive way, as well as make the vehicle more fuel efficient. There are reports that state that this engine will be mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission gearbox and come on all-wheel drive to allow better handling through rough roads.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Price and Release Date
It is unlikely that the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will cost significantly higher than its previous model. All changes included; the car is expected to cost a little over $50,000. Release date has not yet been confirmed by the officials, but we expect it to hit the storeroom shelves by the end of 2016.