2018 Ford F-150 Raptor – Facelift, EcoBoost

Ford has already put out a scene of chaos in the pickup truck segment by presenting EcoBoost engine in the 2017 F-150 lineup. Now they are all set to take the segment by storm by giving the F-150 Raptor a facelift as part of the generational change. 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor is expected to be the first visual refinement since the 2015 year model got a major redesign.

What’s the most interesting is that the company has already listed this model on the official website which gives an early insight of the model (the official details are limited, though).

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor – Powertrain Specs

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor will include 2 options for powertrain; a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 and 3.0L Power Stroke® Diesel. The 3.5L EcoBoost engine should come as standard and produce power outputs of around 376 HP and 472 lb-ft of torque. Similarly, fuel economy will see improvements and the figures are expected to stay close to 20 mpg in city, 26 mpg on highways and 22 mpg on a combined scale.

The 3.0-liter diesel variant will come as optional and deliver outputs of 410 HP and 481 lb-ft of torque. Official EPA ratings of this engine should stay around 22 mpg city/ 27 mpg highway/ 23 mpg combined. New F-150 Raptor is expected to use the company’s latest intelligent idling feature; Auto Start-Stop Technology which will help in increasing fuel savings and reduce CO2 emissions.

Design changes

New Raptor is expected to come in a fresh avatar and changes will be mostly focused towards the front fascia. Going specific, Ford will present completely reshaped headlights which look a lot like the ones in Super Duty. As per the official images, these headlights integrate active LED daytime running lights as bordering.

The grille is divided into two tiers by a split air intake. A satin chrome accents have been used for embellishment. Front bumper has grown in size and so has the central air intake. Fog light housing now wears funky plastic inserts and the bumper protector is made of plastic.

The front door mirrors, side steps, door handles and exhaust outlets will wear a chrome finish. Chunky plastic cargo bed liner and 21-inch cast alloy wheels are supposed to come as standard. Other exterior additions will include cargo LED box lights, integrated tailgate step, stowable loading ramps and boxlink.

2018 Ford F-150 Raptor Interior

Interior

As much as comfort is concerned, the interior cabin will be focused towards technological convenience. Ford’s SYNC® infotainment system will include features like voice activation, smartphone integration and Wi-Fi Hotspot. One of the coolest additions in this cabin will include the B&O PLAY audio system that includes 10 stereo speakers and a single CD/MP3 player.

Price and Release Date

To keep things fair, Ford might present a starting price of around $49,000. 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor will probably hit the dealerships by the end of 2017.

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