Off-Road Machine 2017 Ford Raptor Will Be Available in ChinaPosted in News on April 21, 2016
We started talking about the next-generation Ford Raptor as soon as Ford let the cat out of the bag and haven’t stopped since—and we probably won’t for some time. The latest news from Ford is its dirt-eating F-150 will be sold in China beginning in 2017.
With the EcoBoost-powered pickup’s debut at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, the Chinese market just got a lot more capable. The Raptor was built with tackling some of the most extreme terrain in mind, so with the vast landscape across the huge expanse that is China, the Raptor should be right at home. Ford is happy to bring Chinese customers one of its best accomplishments. Global Chief Program Engineer Jamal Hameedi says, “We are thrilled to offer our customers in China the chance to experience new levels of off-road performance with the all-new F-150 Raptor.” We’re betting Chinese consumers are even more excited.
The 2017 Raptor has plenty of technology, performance, and all-out power to make its way through nearly anything. Off-road performance has been improved over the previous model—crazy, we know—and with a fully boxed frame, lightweight aluminum body, and high-output 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 and 10-speed transmission, this truck should be more nimble than ever in the dirt.
With an all-new torque-on-demand transfer case, traction shouldn’t be an issue, and the benefits of a clutch-driven, all-wheel-drive system and true mechanical locking four-wheel-drive means no terrain is off limits. Part of the improved performance is the all-new terrain management system, which includes six modes to optimize driving dynamics. They include:
-Normal mode for everyday driving
-Street mode for high performance, on-road driving
-Weather mode for rain, snow or ice
-Mud and sand mode for muddy and sandy trails and terrain
-Baja mode for high-speed desert running
-Rock mode for low-speed rockcrawling
The legendary suspension relies on the internally bypassed Fox Racing shocks, which give this crew cab truck a smooth ride on- and off-road and let the 35-inch BFGoodrich KO2 tires travel with ease.
The 2017 Raptor SuperCrew will be available in China next year and will be built at the Dearborn Truck Plant, bringing a piece of American automotive awesomeness to the growing Chinese vehicle market.