Raptors Invade China, Via Ford

April 29, 2016

Ford will send its F-150 Raptor SuperCrew pickup truck to China in 2017. The truck has the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine paired with an "all-new" 10-speed transmission that promises the power of a V-8 with the fuel economy of a V-6, Ford says.

Billed as an off-road performance truck, Ford says the Raptor will have a purpose-built engine, chassis and suspension.

Ford says the second-generation engine will produce more power with greater efficiency than the previous Raptor’s 6.2-liter V8, which was rated at 411 horsepower and 434 lb.-ft. of torque.

An all-new four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case manages power distribution between front and rear wheels. It combines the best attributes of clutch-driven, on-demand all- wheel drive with durable, mechanical-locking four-wheel drive to send power to the wheels in slippery conditions.

The truck’s off-road driving mode technology has evolved into an all-new Terrain Management System that enables the driver to select from among six preset modes to optimize driving dynamics to environmental conditions, Ford says. Driving modes 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 and sandy trails and terrain • Baja mode for high-speed desert running
  • Rock mode for low-speed rock crawling

“F-150 Raptor is the ultimate showcase of the tough capability available throughout Ford’s family of trucks and SUVs,” said John Lawler, chairman and CEO, Ford Motor China. “By introducing it to the world’s largest auto market, we hope to inspire a new generation of off-road enthusiasts, and demonstrate how we are always bringing our customers new innovations.”

The all-new 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan.

Source: Ford