The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor Gets SuperCrew Version at NAIAS

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The 2016 Detroit Auto Show brings more goodies for truck lovers out there as Ford has just launched the new 2017 F-150 Raptor SuperCrew variant, adding agility, versatility, and roominess to the already unveiled F-150 Raptor.
Now featuring four full-size doors, the new truck offers more legroom, comfort, and more space for gear storage. The wheelbase has also been increased by 12 inches compared to the standard Raptor SuperCab, and it now measures 145 inches.

While extra materials were added, the car’s weight dropped by 500 pounds compared to the previous generation thanks to the use of advanced materials such as high-strength steel and military-grade aluminum alloy. Thanks to the all-new EcoBoost engine technology, the next-generation Raptor’s power-to-weight ratio has been improved.

According to Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director, “F-150 Raptor means superior off-road capability, from rock crawling to sand running. With the addition of SuperCrew, F-150 Raptor customers can leave the pavement behind- without sacrificing comfort and space.

The new generation plans to be the toughest F-150 Raptor ever as it’s developed on a purpose-built fully boxed frame, featuring more high-strength steel than the ongoing Raptor. It is 6 inches wider than standard F-150 for improved off-road stability.

With the dual-exhaust system, 17-inch wheels and the latest BFGoodrich tires designed for off-road performance, be sure you’ll stand out and no dune will remain unconquered. The F-150 Raptor is powered by a second-generation high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that Ford’s engineers say it’s more powerful than the current 6.2-liter V8.

Thanks to its 10-speed transmission, all-new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case, with advanced, easy-to-use off-road mode driver-assist technology, the new Raptor’s performance is now improved, making the car much easier to drive.

The driver now has six preset modes to help him navigate through different terrains, such as 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 and Rock mode for low-speed rock crawling.

A Torsen front differential further increases off-road capability, as the system increases grip for the front end of the car allowing it to pull itself over obstacles and up steep grades.

The Raptor comes standard with FOX Racing Shox featuring custom internal bypass technology that damps and stiffens the suspension while traveling over rough terrain. The front and rear shock canisters have grown to 3 inches in diameter for improved performance. The next generation Ford F-150 Raptor goes on sale in the U.S. and Canada this fall.
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