The newest 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew brings a several changes and updates. The current F150 has been released quite recently and it managed to impress everyone with its all aluminum body and very powerful engines. However, the truck is not perfect which means that an update is on its way with the 2017 Ford F150 which is likely going to be released on the market in the late 2016.
Being just a mid-life update, the new F150 is going to include a few changes under the hood, slight design updates as well as a slightly better interior. The aluminum body and the high strength steel frame are going to be kept unchanged which is to be expected for a 2-year old design.
What’s new for 2017?
The biggest change expected to come on the new F150 is going to be its powertrain. This has been needed for a while now, especially since its competitors, such as the Ram EcoDiesel, are more fuel efficient than it and even though the 2.7 liter V6 engine is the most fuel efficient petrol engine in the medium-size truck market, its real world performance is less than stellar.
Design – Inside and Outside look
In terms of design, the 2017 Ford F150 is going to be roughly the same as before and the only real changes here are going to be a couple of new wheels options as well as a new design for its headlights. The Raptor on the other hand will come with an all new body kit, a different front end with a larger grille, more aggressive looking headlights and bumper as well as a massive shield under the front end of the truck in order to protect it from debris. The Raptor will only come in two chassis-lengths and it will be rocking 17 inch rims wrapped in 35 inch off-road tires.
Inside the cabin the new F150 should remain pretty much identical to the ongoing version of the truck. The difference will be the Raptor which will get an upgraded interior with new seats that will likely be provided by Recaro, a new sportier-looking steering wheel, a different instrument cluster as well as a unique type of upholstery. These should make it a nicer place to be than most other trucks around $50,000.
The Engine range & Specs
In terms of performance, the all new 2017 Ford F150 will get some major upgrades over the ongoing model. Firstly, all trucks will ditch their old 6 speed automatic gearbox in the favor of an all new 10 speed unit which Ford first showcased on the new Raptor. This is not only lighter but it has been tuned in order to provide a much better experience than before, so the first three gears are there to allow the driver to tow or use the truck’s torque with ease while the upper gears are there to allow cruising down the highway at really low rpm. This should improve fuel efficiency considerably on the highway, especially for the EcoBoost engines which can be a bit thirsty if pushed hard.
Engine wise, the usual models of the F150 will get the same engines as before which is to be expected but the Raptor is going to receive an all new powertrain. Instead of the old 6.2 liter V8 or even a supercharged 5 liter V8, it will actually get a 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost mill which is going to provide well over 500 horsepower and 500 lb-ft of torque and together with the massive weight loss, it should make for a really interesting truck.
2017 Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew Price
The price of the new model should remain relatively unchanged which means that the base version of the truck will come at around $23,000 while a top end version will likely fetch well over $55,000, especially with the upcoming Raptor or a new luxury special edition model.
We expect the new Raptor in showrooms in third quarter or in fall 2016 year.
The biggest competitors are 2015 Ram Power Wagon and Toyota Tundra TRD Pro.