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2019 Ford F-150 Raptor gets updates

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor gets updates

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The truck market moves fast and it’s a case of keep up or get off. Ford have no intention of getting off the money train and every intention of continuing their rule over light truck sales. With the Ranger coming soon, the F-250 SuperDuty having been updated, it’s the turn of the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor to be given the good news.

The automaker pulled the cover off the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor last week and it has a couple of important updates that make it even more compelling as a fast off-roader.

The updated truck will come with new Fox 3.0 Internal Bypass shocks. These electronic units include Live Valve technology which uses sensors in the suspension and chassis to make adjustments as it travels. The shocks will then adapt as it drives, ensuring a planted feel whatever the terrain. Apparently, they will even detect whether the truck is in the air or not and will stiffen the shocks in anticipation of the landing!

"Not many trucks need sensors to detect when you are mid-air," said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. "Raptor sets the dampers to full stiffness to help smooth shock performance as the truck lands."

Off road control
That isn’t the only update for the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor. The new Trail Control feature is like cruise control for off road use. It makes traversing more technical terrain much easier and will automatically adjust power and braking to each wheel depending on levels of grip. The aim is to allow the driver to concentrate fully on navigating the terrain and get more out of their time off road.

Finally, the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor is getting new colour options in Ford Performance Blue, Velocity Blue and Agate Black, a new alloy wheel design, new Recaro front seats and new tweaks throughout no doubt.
The Raptor will use the existing 3.5-litre twin turbo V6 engine which delivers 450 hp and 510 lb-ft of torque. It will also use the existing 10 speed transmission and AWD system.

The existing on road suspension setup is awesome and delivers a very smooth and controlled drive. Ford hints that the new Fox shocks will do a similar thing off road, providing a smoother, more predictable ride whatever the terrain. It is certainly an interesting idea and one I hope to be able to test out at some point.

Ford have yet to name a release date for the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor but we expect it to be late this year.

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