2017 Ford Raptor Release Date
The new Raptor has been revealed more than a year ahead of time. At this point we can’t even tell you to mark your calendars, as most of you likely don’t own one for 2016. We have already sought out calendars for the new year and we’ve have marked them with our guess for the 2017 Ford Raptor release date.
With 500 pounds dropped, the new Raptor will be soaring higher than ever as it jumps from dune to dune on the larger shocks and a suspension with longer travel. The exact numbers haven’t been released, but the new, aggressive bumpers that allow for steeper approaches are a good sign that it will be a noticeable change.
The engine has been changed in order to help shed weight and improve the power of the vehicle. With a 3.5L twin turbocharged EcoBoost V6, the off-road version of the F-150 provides drivers with more than the previous rating of 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. This engine will also be paired with Ford’s first 10-speed automatic transmission.
There is also a new four-wheel drive system that will feature an electronic terrain management system with six settings that will range all the way from street to sand. This will be paired with an available front torsen differential to make it even easier to crawl across rock.
Though there has been a weight drop the pickup allows for more adventures on steep inclines, it is just as wide as it has been in the past and has been made lower for more speed and better fuel efficiency. Another more noticeable change to the body of the off-road pickup is the new boldface Ford grille with it’s octagonal shape. It looks great and is the finishing touch for setting it apart from other F-150s.
With a new weight, slight design changes and additions to convenience features, we’re interested to see what the Raptor will end up going for. Ford likely won’t release all the information for some time yet, but we’ll be sure to keep our ear to the ground for any news.