2018 Ford F-150 Raptor Review

Ladies and gentlemen after story about new Ford F-150 model, American carmaker prepares special edition which we know as Raptor. Namely, this package brings modification of design and drive performances to attract potential customers. Obviously, it is different from the standard model. In any case, new 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor comes as a powerful pickup truck. It is much known in America because it enables the possibility to go across roads and out, too. If you take a little peek in chronology you can notice that is it introduced in 2010. Since then there is a successful story about which pickup truck fans talk about.

What can you expect from new iteration of Raptor? We must say that our information is very limited, but we grabbed some details which illuminate the unknown story. For example, according to our sources, new Raptor changes rear end with new elements, while the powertrain includes Eco Boost V8 engine. In meantime, there is a possibility for additional changes but now we are pretty sure about above-mentioned updates. To sum it up, Raptor as strengthens version of standard model give us new functionality which helps us use it for many different purposes.

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor-front view

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor – Exterior

When we speak about front fascia, it is diametric opposite than in the standard model. First of all, it totally has different shape and areas are larger. It is probably because the stronger engine needs more fresh air which is flowing through air ducts for better cooling. 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor installs new headlights in order to get better visibility. Further, the lower part is also protected with solid sheet metal. Because in this section, there are essential elements which can be jeopardized. On the other hand, most of those things will stay similar like in the previous model. Really changes come in the rear end of Raptor.

The 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor nameplate includes new taillights, tailgate mechanism, rear fender, two chrome exhaust pipes and more. We cannot precisely describe elements because they covered with camouflage. In addition, the pickup truck will get new colors and decorative accents which will make it more attractive than earlier.

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor – Interior

The Raptor label brings soft-touch materials, new options, and different layout into the Crew Cab. As you know, it can accommodate five occupants in two rows of seats. Unlike standard model, manufacturer extends wheelbase and in this manner enables additional area for legs in both rows. That means very comfortable riding and enjoyment especially during a long trip. The manufacturer made an adjustable dashboard in order to ease the management. The long equipment list of 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor includes up-to-date infotainment system which displays user interface, and you can select many of the available functions.

That’s not all, on the dashboard; you can also find entertainment system in combination with wireless connectivity, navigation and much more. Maybe you also wonder what happened with safety package. Besides usual standard features, it adopts new rear view camera system and advanced braking system. On last IIHS testing, braking system was an obstacle for Raptor to have Top Safety Pick+. That is the best award for safety.

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor-rear view

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor – Engine

Here we are at by many most important part of a pickup truck. Carmaker last time insisted on Eco Boost V6 engine which is smaller and more efficient. However, a pickup truck is intended for work and transport of people and other necessities. For that reason, 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor needs a powerful engine like 5.0-liter V8 Eco Boost. In other words, it will certainly produce more horsepower and torque. The power is transmitted to all four wheels via the new 10-speed automatic transmission. Namely, Ford developed a new generation of transmission with new patterns and mechanism which enhanced efficiency and has a faster response. A story about Raptor cannot end without special suspension, shock absorbers, and other mechanical upgrades. All of them give it great off-road features. Finally, big tires with crampons are excellent for any kind of surfaces, while a high ground clearance gives it great possibilities.

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor – Trailer

The trailer is equal important part of the vehicle as any other. What do you think, what has changed in this area? First of all,  engineers covered the trailer with special layers of protective materials which stop the rust. For work in night conditions, there are electric outlets for lighting as well as machines and other accessories. We need to emphasize that manipulation during work tasks is very simplified.

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor – Price

The second generations of Raptor trim after these updates will become much better. On the world market, you can find very good competitors but this model is on the top. Price is higher than standard model but we still don’t know how high. Release date will be in first half of 2017. The promotion will probably be at Detroit Auto Show.

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