The 2018 Ford Raptor F-150 is the big news of Ford for the 2017 show in Detroit. We’ll start with the grids, since that’s what you’re most likely to notice. Most new models feature a two-bar appearance that extends across the front end of the truck to give it a wider look. There are also a few with a mainly open layout and one, on the Limited Limited pad, which fills in space with chrome mesh. The grids are supposed to create a more visual differentiation between different models and appearance packages, and what we have seen they do exactly that.
All grids are flanked by new headlights in two versions, one for low-end trim and the other for the most expensive models. The lights are reshaped, their ends reaching further towards the center of the truck. The grilles also dip down into a new bumper, with a filler piece separating the bumper from the lights and grille. Six new models of wheels are 17 to 22 inches in diameter. The truck is much more refined looking in person, with a cleaner look than the version that debuted for 2015.
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At the rear, the 2018 Ford Raptor also gets new lighting elements, but the changes are more subtle – there is now a split between the top and bottom of the element, whereas before it seemed to be all In one piece. What is more remarkable is the refitted hatchback, which comes in two varieties. The lower trim levels will get a trapezoidal folded look with the F-150 embossed across the bottom part (it looks like the badges were not big enough for a few people to notice). On the King Ranch, Platinum and Limited trucks, the embossing disappears and a fancy appliqué covers most of the upper part of the tailgate. The decision to omit the embossing on these trucks apparently came late in the game, as a rendition we saw at Ford HQ had both. The chief designer of the F-150 said that the combination of stamped name and shiny trim seemed too busy. We agree.
Interior revisions include a pair of new trim colors for the seats. The 2018 Ford Raptor F-150Platinum offers a Darth Marsala option, and the top-tier Limited trim sees the arrival of a Navy Pier color theme. Sport and Lariat Sport trim buyers can specify false-carbon fiber applied, and the King Ranch gets specific seats called Kingsville, which soundly sound royal.
An exceptional crop of technology and infotainment options join the already abundant 2018 Ford Raptor options list. A new pre-collision-assistance system includes pedestrian detection, a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot allows users to connect up to 10 wireless devices and a Bang & Olufsen audio system meets the entertainment needs. Blind tracking, track management support, a 360-degree camera and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto all remain on the list of options.
Ford is also touching all the other 2018 Ford Raptor powerplant offering somehow for 2018, with the exception of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost, which was updated for 2017 with more power and a 10 Automatic speed to go with it. The 3.5-liter natural-suctioned V6 of the basic truck is replaced with a 3.3-liter V6 with direct intake and fuel injection that will produce as much power as the outgoing 3.5 – which means at least 282 hp And 253 pound-feet of torque. It will be paired with a six-speed automatic, just like the 3.5 is today.