The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is looking more and more like it’s going to be one of the most badass trucks to ever leave the Ford factory, and after watching the new Raptor test out its six terrain modes, it’s hard to argue with that. For 2017, the aluminum-bodied F-150 Raptor powered by a 3.5L EcoBoost V-6 will feature six terrain modes designed to keep you moving no matter where you might find yourself. With terrain modes for everyday driving, weather, mud/sand, rockcrawling, sport mode, and everyone’s favorite, Baja, the 2017 Raptor is sure to be a blast whether you’re driving to work or ripping up the dunes.
In Normal driving mode, the Raptor should provide plenty of power and fun to handle the chore of cruising comfortably everyday. When you feel like opening up the throttle and carving the windy roads like sports car, the Sport Mode offers a sportier feel and will have you whipping around those slow Prius drivers with ease. For those that spend a portion of their year driving or wheeling in wet or snowy conditions, the Weather Mode engages four-wheel drive and adjusts AdvanceTrac, throttle response, and shift points for improved traction in sloppy conditions.
When it comes to taking the Raptor to its natural habitat, the dirt, the terrain modes have that covered too. The Mud/Sand Mode is perfect for wheeling trails. With 4-Hi engaged, the differential locked, and the steering adjusted, navigating trails should be a breeze. When the trail gets tight and technical, the Rock Crawl Mode has you covered and is designed for slow-speed wheeling, 4-Lo is engaged, the differential is locked, AdvanceTrac can be turned completely off and the front camera turns on to see the rocks you wouldn’t otherwise be able to see.
Our favorite mode the previous-generation Raptor offered was Baja Mode, and the 2017 model will have the same awesome terrain mode. While in Baja mode, the Raptor truly shines and 4-Hi is engaged, AdvanceTrac is nearly off, throttle mapping is improved, and the transmission has quicker more aggressive shifts keeping the Raptor in the performance powerband.
We haven’t had the opportunity to drive the 2017 Raptor yet, but if it’s better than the previous generation, it’s going to be pretty awesome. Check out the video of the Raptor testing out all the terrain modes, but grab a napkin first to wipe up all the drool.