DETROIT, Mich. (WKBN) – Ford put on a prodigious show of horsepower on the first day of new vehicle introductions at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and none were brawnier than the latest iteration of the Raptor muscle truck.
Ford says the Raptor, which goes on sale in the fall of 2016, has been re-engineered to “make it the toughest, smartest, most capable off-roader, and more efficient than ever before.”
“When we created the first Raptor, we set out to prove vehicle performance isn’t just measured on the street or at the track; off-road can be even more fun,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president, Global Product Development. “The original Raptor, plus enhancements on the all-new F-150 set the bar for us to make the all-new Raptor better in every way.”
The all-new Raptor starts with a purpose-built frame, that is the strongest in the F-150 lineup, featuring more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor, Ford officials said.
Forged from high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that helps save more than 500 pounds of weight, Raptor’s exterior design is inspired by Ford’s heritage in off-road racing that includes Best in the Desert, Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series and the famous Baja 1000.
The claim of “more efficient” is based on the all-new, high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V-6 engine with more horsepower and torque than current Raptor’s 411-horsepower, 434-lb.-ft. 6.2-liter V8, pared with an all-new 10-speed transmission.
An all-new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case, with an advanced, easier-to-use version of off-road mode driver-assist technology, further improves Raptor’s trail performance.
Raptor’s new transfer case, which manages power distribution between the front and rear wheels, combines attributes of clutch-driven, on-demand all-wheel drive with mechanical-locking four-wheel drive.
The new Raptor features calibration changes to its powertrain, driveline, traction control, ABS and AdvanceTrac stability control for optimal performance. There are six preset modes for the truck depending on terrain and driving conditions:
- Normal mode for everyday driving
- Street mode for higher-performance, on-road driving
- Weather mode for rain, snow or ice
- Mud and sand mode for muddy and sandy trails and terrain
- Baja mode for high-speed desert running
- Rock mode for low-speed rock crawling
Raptor will be built at Ford’s Dearborn, Mich., truck plant.