While there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the Ford F-150 Raptor, you may have never considered it in the past due to its overly rugged appearance and assumption of impracticality. But if Ford made one thing clear today about the Raptor at the Detroit Auto Show, it was that the truck was getting more mainstream. This is due largely to the new engine that will be under the hood of the 2017 Raptor.
The next Raptor will be equipped with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine that the company stated will be more powerful and efficient than the current 6.2-liter V-8 that pumps out 411 horsepower. Much like the new Ford GT that was unveiled today as well, the Raptor will be taking advantage of the emerging EcoBoost technology from Ford.
Like the traditional F-150, the next-gen Raptor will also get an aluminum body that is expected to reduce its overall weight by 500 pounds. These factors, combined with the dropping fuel prices (if they continue), should mean even more sales for Ford when the 2017 Raptor hits the market next year.
Of course, while the 2017 Raptor may be more appealing to the masses due to greater efficiency, it will still have the toughness we’ve come to expect from the model. The Terrain Management four-wheel drive system will allow it to switch things up for optimal performance on various terrains. There will be settings for normal street driving, bad weather, mud and sand, baja and rocks.
It seems pretty sure that the Raptor will continue to reign its category – even though competition continues to close in the truck segment overall.
2017 Ford Raptor Getting EcoBoost V-6 Engine