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2015 Detroit Auto Show: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor (FAQ)

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What Is It?
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor

What's New About This Model?
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is the second-generation version of the off-road-ready pickup. It features an all-new frame, aluminum body panels and a Raptor-exclusive V6 engine that will deliver higher output than the current 6.2-liter V8. More suspension travel and a terrain management system are other notable new features.

When Does It Go on Sale?
Sales of the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor are scheduled to begin in the fall of 2016.

How Much Does It Cost?
Ford hasn't mentioned pricing for the new truck yet, but expect a starting price of around $46,000 when it arrives in the fall of 2016.

How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
So far, Ford has only shown the new Raptor in extended-cab form. The original Raptor debuted with the same body style but quickly added the SuperCrew variant. Expect the same from this version of the Raptor.

What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?

  • 3.5-liter, twin-turbo V6: more than 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque
  • 10-speed automatic transmission

What Unique Features Does It Offer?
A driver-adjustable terrain management system is new for this Raptor. It offers six different modes (Normal, Street, Weather, Mud and Sand, Baja and Rock Crawling) that alter the truck's engine, transmission, traction control and brake systems to deal with varying conditions.

Ford said this Raptor has the toughest frame in the F-150 lineup thanks to the use of more high-strength steel than the previous Raptor. Although specific details on the output of the twin-turbo V6 weren't announced, Ford says it will outperform the current 6.2-liter V8 and it will remain exclusive to the Raptor.

Other changes include larger remote reservoirs for the Fox shocks, additional suspension travel and a true dual-exhaust system.

What Models Will It Compete Against?
Dodge Ram Power Wagon: More of a dedicated low-speed rock crawler compared to the Raptor, the Power Wagon is still an impressive factory-built off-road machine. It's also a 3/4-ton truck, so if you need some real towing and hauling capability, the Power Wagon is an interesting alternative.

Should You Wait for It?
Although it's improved in nearly every respect, the new Raptor is not radically different from the current vehicle. If you need this kind of capability now, the current truck won't disappoint. If you can wait 18 months, however, there are enough new toys to make it worthwhile.

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