2017 Ford Raptor Off-Road Features and Capabilities
Seeing as it’s classified as a high-performance off-road pickup truck, it comes as no surprise that so many Raptor enthusiasts are wondering what the off-road features and capabilities of the redesigned Raptor will be. At this point, there hasn’t been too much information released on the specific capabilities, but with the news that has been announced, there are a few things in particular that we expect to see. Let’s take a look at some of the 2017 Ford Raptor off-road features and capabilities that are likely to be offered.
Not too long ago, Ford confirmed that the aluminum body rumors are, in fact, true. The off-road pickup will come equipped with the same durable, lightweight skin as the standard version of the F-150, and that in itself will allow the Ford Raptor to achieve some increased capabilities. Overall, weight will be cut by about 500 pounds, which means that power and fuel economy ratings will both be increased with the new body.
Of course the entire Raptor is not composed of aluminum. The frame is purpose built, and as it serves as the backbone of the truck and absorbs the majority of impact when the Ford Raptor is jumping around, it has more steel than previous generations of the Raptor. The frame has also been fattened up six inches, which helps to give it more stability when facing the quick turns and fast speeds associated with off roading.
Some of the most anticipated features of the 2017 Ford Raptor are the new driving modes, which tweak the powertrain, driveline, traction control, ABS and stability control to provide peak performance in a wide variety of conditions. The modes consist of normal, street, weather, mud and sand, baja and rock mode, all which provide increased capabilities in rain, snow, ice, mud and sand. Certain modes also help it to climb.
As if that wasn’t enough, there is an available Torsen front differential, which increases grip in the front and allows the Raptor to climb more effectively. The suspension system has also been improved over past models of the off-road pickup. It has new FOX Racing Shox and the front and rear shock canisters in both the front and the back have grown bigger. The lights have also been upgraded to increase visibility.
With so many new additions, the off-road features and capabilities of the 2017 Ford Raptor are bound to be more impressive than ever before. If you are interested in learning more about what the off-road truck will be capable of, we encourage you to check back here on the Matt Ford blog, as we will be sure to provide you with more information as soon as it’s made available. It should be sometime later this year.
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