Detroit LIVE: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor [Video]
The second-gen Raptor gains a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Ford has lifted the veil off of the second-generation F-150 Raptor at the Detroit Motor Show.
Set to arrive in time for the 2017 model year, the second-gen F-150 Raptor rides on a purpose-built frame crafted out of high-strength steel for added durability in extreme conditions. It weighs about 500 pounds less than the outgoing model thanks in part to body panels that are built using military-grade aluminum.
All of the styling cues that helped make the original Raptor instantly recognizable have been carried over to the new model. It stands out from the standard F-150 thanks to a blacked-out radiator grille with a massive "FORD" emblem in lieu of the automaker's trademarked Blue Oval, blacked-out bumpers on both ends and fender flares on all four corners.
The Raptor is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine. Ford is keeping full technical details under wraps but it promises the downsized six-cylinder generates more grunt than the current Raptor's 6.2-liter V8, which is rated at 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft. of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via a torque-on-demand transfer case and a new 10-speed automatic transmission.
The truck comes with six pre-programmed modes: Normal, Street, Weather, Mud and sand, Baja and Rock. Each mode changes how often the traction control system kicks in, the throttle response and the transmission's shift points.
17-inch alloy wheels wrapped by BF Goodrich KO2 tires help the Raptor tackle rough terrain with ease. Additionally, FOX Racing Shox provide a generous amount of suspension travel while ensuring that the truck doesn't bottom out when driven aggressively.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is scheduled to go on sale in the fall of 2016.
Live images by Brian Williams.