Ford got to work updating the new Raptor in a hurry.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor is fresh on the market, but these new spy shots suggest the Blue Oval is already evaluating styling changes for the muscle truck. Vehicles very rarely get design upgrades so quickly, but pickups are a cash cow for Ford so it pays for the company to keep things interesting in the segment.
The polka-dot camouflage hides a lot, but the tailgate's overall design looks flatter than on the current truck. For example, the subtle crease along the bottom is missing from this truck’s rump. In addition, the tailgate handle has a protruding section on the bottom that's not present on the current model. While individually these changes might be too small to notice, together they point towards an updated rear end in the future. The concealment around the taillights is quite effective, but it appears that the bottom portion is now far lighter than the top in comparison to the parts that are currently on the pickup.
Ford will reportedly give the F-150 range some styling tweaks for the 2018 model year. While the Raptor’s face will remain the same, the rear will apparently have a look like the rest of the model family.
We doubt Ford would accompany these small design changes with any major mechanical upgrades because the Raptor is still so new to the market. The performance-oriented pickup uses the high-output version of the company’s biturbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 450 horsepower (336 kilowatts) and 510 pound-feet (692 Newton-meters). The truck uses a 10-speed automatic gearbox and gets 15 miles per gallon city, 18 mpg highway, and 16 mpg combined, which are decent gains over the previous generation’s 6.2-liter V8. The Blue Oval also makes sure the Raptor can handle the punishment of being off-road by using improved Fox shocks with better heat dissipation and improved wheel travel over the last-gen version.