Ford unveiled the 2016 version of its F-150 Raptor pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit last week.
“The Raptor was built to live off the road,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford executive vice president and president, The Americas.
Hinrichs said the Raptor is the toughest, smartest and most capable truck Ford has, and it doesn’t sacrifice comfort.
The Raptor starts with a purpose-built frame – the backbone of the truck – that is the strongest in the F-150 lineup, featuring more high- strength steel than the outgoing Raptor.
Forged from high-strength, military grade, aluminum alloy that helps save more than 500 pounds of weight, Raptor’s exterior design was inspired by Ford’s performance heritage in off-road racing that includes Best in the Desert, Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series and the famous Baja 1000.
Raptor is powered by Ford’s new, second generation, 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, a Raptor exclusive in the F-150 lineup. It will be paired with a new 10- speed transmission for improved efficiency.
A new four-wheel-drive, torque-ondemand transfer case, with an advanced, easier-to-use version of off-road mode driver- assist technology, further improves Raptor’s trail performance, said Hinrichs.
“The new transfer case offers better traction for a greater variety of terrain at low and high speeds – both on-road and off- road,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief engineer in Ford Performance.
Raptor’s new off-road mode driving technology has evolved into an all-new Terrain Management System that enables the driver to select modes to optimize driving dynamics to environmental conditions
– from snow to mud, sand and more, Hameedi said.
The new Raptor features calibration changes to its power- train, driveline, traction control, ABS and AdvanceTrac stability control for optimal performance.
Six preset modes are available 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.
“This all-new F-150 Raptor takes Raptor performance to the next level,” said Dave Pericak, director of Ford Performance.
The Raptor will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant. It goes on sale in the fall of 2016.