Ford Raptor fans who love its beastly power but are wishing for a bit more off-road capability and on-road refinement will soon get their wish.
This week Ford detailed all the updates headed our way with the 2019 model, which include class-exclusive electronically controlled FOX Racing Shox. (The Raptor retains its current twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 good for 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, along with its 10-speed automatic.)
“Raptor’s success is rooted in its incredible suspension, superb vehicle control and the confidence the truck instills in its owners,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “Upgrades to the 2019 F-150 Raptor have improved all three to new levels that the competition will have to benchmark – again.”
The biggest news is the addition of adaptive variable suspension. Ford Performance says it worked directly with FOX to develop 3.0 Internal Bypass shocks with all-new Live Valve technology.
It’s an improvement from the 2018 model because the new shocks can continually adjust damping stiffness to adapt to terrain changes in real time.
“By automatically varying compression rates, Raptor can now make the most of its suspension travel of 13 inches at the front and 13.9 inches at the rear,” said Salenbauch. “The 2019 Raptor is not just more capable off-road. It’s smarter.”
The truck can detect when it is airborne, so it can brace it for landing.
Ford says not only does it make the Raptor more off-road capable, but also the system gives it a smoother off-road ride as well. Sensors in the suspension and body that help maximize comfort, handling, and bottom-out resistance.
Ford says it’s improved low-speed performance as well with a new Trail Control system. Ford describes it as “cruise control for low-speed, rugged terrain”. The set-up automatically adjusts power and braking to each individual wheel to allow drivers to focus on steering over rugged terrain. It can be activated at speeds from 1 mph up to 20 mph depending on driveline position.
New Seats and Paint Hues
The cabin comes with new Recaro heavily bolstered front seats that feature blue Alcantara inserts and accent stitching inspired by the Light Speed-colored interior of the Ford GT supercar.
Ford is adding several new colors to the Raptor’s pallet as well. They include Ford Performance Blue, Velocity Blue, and Agate Black. Also look for redesigned beadlock wheels.
The upgraded 2019 F-150 Raptor will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant. It goes on sale in late 2018.
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