If you’re a truck fan, you’ve probably heard of the F-150 Raptor. Rightfully so, it’s been coined one of the best off-road trucks available on the market, especially since the 2017 refresh. Since the Raptor’s inception in 2010, this truck has seen a slew of different engine options from the (outdated) 5.4L V8 to the 6.2L torque-monster until 2014, where they ultimately switched to a high-output version of the 3.5L EcoBoost V6 which boosted horsepower to 450 and torque north of 500 lb-ft. Many other automakers have tried to match it, but the Raptor really is the king of the off-road when it comes to trucks.
For 2019, Ford has added a couple of new tech features that make this truck even more appealing to prospective buyers. First off, the 2019 Raptor will include class-exclusive, electronically controlled FOX Racing Shox along with a new Trail Control features that will help crawling on uneven surfaces along with all-new Recaro sport seats.
The Ford Raptor comes standard with the High-Output 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine. This powerhouse does more with six-cylinders than the previous generation of Raptor was able to do with eight, and it’s able to do it all with enough fuel-efficiency that you won’t have to worry about fueling up when you’re in the middle of nowhere.
One of the ways that the engine helps to conserve fuel is with auto start/stop, a feature that’s becoming standard on an increasingly large number of vehicles and helps to save fuel without any action the part of the driver.
The transmission is a ten-speed automatic that has three overdrive gears, which also help to conserve fuel. There are several selectable modes for the transmission, allowing for a more customizable driving experience than you might expect with an automatic transmission. The modes are: Normal, Tow-Haul, Snow-Wet, EcoSelect, and Sport.
To take the current Raptor’s internal bypass shocks to the next level, Ford Performance took matters into their own hands and teamed up with FOX to develop these all-new shocks. They’re electronically controlled using Live Valve technology and adjust damping in real-time. In order to make those adjustments, Ford Performance has added sensors in the suspension and body to not only improve ride quality but to also help bottom-out resistance when you’re jumping dunes.
If you need a fresh reminder of the more-than-impressive suspension travel on the raptor, it’s 13 inches up front and 13.9 inches in the rear. Combine the travel with the new FOX Shox and the Raptor’s Terrain Management System, and you’ll have a much better ride quality at high off-road speeds. This also means your shocks will automatically stiffen up while in mid-air to help smooth out your landing!
Additionally, the Raptor also has Trail Control which helps 2019 Raptor owners navigate challenging off-road conditions. Essentially, it’s a low-speed cruise control that is used for rugged, off-road terrain while adjusting throttle input and braking to each individual wheel. This feature can be used anywhere from 1-20 MPH.
Only available in a SuperCab or SuperCrew configuration with an extra short 5.5 foot bed, the Raptor is kept on the stocky side to make sure that your approach and descent angles are acceptable for the types of terrain that the Raptor is designed to conquer.
The Raptor comes standard with a Trailer Tow package, cast aluminum running boards, and skid plates as well, just in case you weren’t sure exactly what they had in mind for this off-roader.
The 2019 Raptor comes standard with 17-inch Cast Aluminum wheels that look gorgeous, but bead-lock capable wheels are a popular option.
There are several paint colors available, though we’re sad to report that none of them are quite as bold and bright as you’d maybe expect. Instead, Ford went for a more subdued approach. Consequently, you can get a Raptor in:
- Velocity Blue
- Performance Blue
- Agate Black
- Oxford White
- Ingot Silver
- Race Red
- Ruby Red
It’s a very staid and respectable list of time-tested colors. The good news is that with this relatively basic list you can go in pretty much any direction you want with decals and aftermarket accessories and be confident that it’ll look great against a relatively plain background.
The interior comes standard with unique cloth seats with a leather trim, but you can upgrade that if you want. SYNC 3 and FordPass Connect come standard, making for a very well-connected truck.
Though the Raptor comes with a lot of nice features standard, there’s no shortage of packages that you can add to improve your experience further. One of the most popular packages has been the Raptor Technology Package.
The Technology Package includes a suite of features that are designed to improve safety. You’ll get the lane-keeping system, lane departure warning, auto high beam, and adaptive cruise control in this group.
The 2019 Raptor goes on sale later this year. If you already have a Raptor in the garage, be sure to outfit your truck with the best Raptor parts out there only at CJ’s!