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2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Unveiled at NAIAS

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With the unveiling of the Ford GT and Mustang Shelby GT350R at the North American International Auto Show, we realized Ford was on a roll. Continuing their current streak, Ford unveiled the new 2017 Raptor at the NAIAS yesterday. This new performance truck built for everything off-road is not only smarter and tougher than its predecessor, but also more powerful.

Making the new F-150 Raptor both smarter and more powerful is the 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. It pushes out more horsepower and torque than the current Raptor’s 6.2-liter V8 engine, which is rated at 411 hp and 434 lb-ft of torque. And, being a smaller engine with turbocharger, the new Raptor’s fuel efficiency will be greatly improved over the current model. The new engine’s efficiency is further highlighted by an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission.

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Working in conjunction with the new powertrain, driveline and traction and stability control are six new preset modes that cater the truck’s performance to its settings. They include:

  • Normal Mode: For everyday driving
  • Street Mode: For high-Performance, on-road driving
  • Weather Mode: For rain, snow or ice
  • Mud and Sand Mode: For  muddy or sandy trails and terrain
  • Baja Mode: For high-speed desert running
  • Rock Mode: For low-speed rock crawling

The added toughness in the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor comes from the new frame that is built with even more high-strength steel than the outgoing Raptor. The exterior of the new Raptor is made from a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy that helps save more than 500 lbs in weight.

Ford will be building the 2017 F-150 Raptor at the Dearborn Truck Plant and it goes on sale Fall 2016.

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