Since its first debut at this year’s Detroit Motor Show, Ford has plans to launch the all-new 2017 Raptor next year that will be sold under the brand-new Ford global performance. As the second-generation model, the truck is carrying many changes compared to the first-generation F-150 Raptor which had been introduced five years ago. Shocking changes not only in terms of its engine, but also the new truck has left the SVT brand, since it’s no longer developed by Ford’s Special Vehicle Team.
2017 Ford Raptor Comes with New Engine and Better MPG
Under the hood, the 2017 Ford Raptor will be powered by a second-generation 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine with twin-turbocharged, direct fuel-injection, DOHC 24-valve and intercooled. Ford has claimed that this EcoBoost engine is not only more powerful but also more efficient than the old 6.2-liter V8. Some reports indicate that the new engine capable of spewing peak output to more than 445 horsepower and 457 lb-ft of torque. While the EPA-estimated fuel economy is rated at 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway.
And yes, the new F-150 Raptor will be the first model in the Ford lineup that will receive the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, although we must forget the 6.2L V8 engine that offers at least 411 horsepower and 434 lb-ft of torque. Ford has done a lot of improvements to these twin-turbo V6 engine, such as cylinder block-heads with a new lighter aluminum material, refined fuel supply system, revised internal combustion chamber and installing dual-exhaust system in order to further improve the airflow from the high output V6 engine.
Output will be distributed to each wheel via a 10-speed automatic transmission (manual shift mode) and four-wheel drive configuration, which is coupled to a Terrain Management System with several driving modes, including normal, mud, snow, street, rocks, weather and baja. To further enhance the driving experience in the various off-road terrains, the 2017 Raptor will still be equipped with Fox Racing shocks as standard like the previous model, but it has a greater suspension travel and a Torsen limited slip differential.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has a lighter weight compared to its predecessor and has cut off about 500 pounds, thanks to the use of new aluminum body material borrowed from the current F-150 truck. The upcoming Raptor will be available in two different sizes with 17-inch alloy wheels, including the SuperCab with 133-inch wheelbase and SuperCrew with 145-inch wheelbase that is a little more spacious.
2017 Ford Raptor Release Date and Price Forecasts
Talking about pricing and release date, the 2017 Ford Raptor is scheduled to be officially released in the North American market in the autumn of next year and is expected to go on sale with a starting price at around $47,500. As we know, the all-new F-150 Raptor prototype has been undergoing testing in the various off-road terrains in August 2015. Ford says this new truck will continue to undergo testing until it goes on sale in autumn 2016.