The idea of driving in China often conjures up images of insane amounts traffic in smog-choked cities. However, buyers there now have a new choice of high-performance vehicle for enjoying the ample countryside because the first examples of the Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew are finally arriving. It marks the first time the Blue Oval is officially exporting a model of its bestselling F-Series pickup to China.
“Export to China enables us to bring a new group of enthusiasts into the Ford family,” Joe Hinrichs, Ford president of the Americas, said about the decision to sell the Raptor there.
Ford is only exporting the four-door SuperCrew model of the Raptor to China. The examples going there are the same as the ones in the U.S., and production takes place on the same assembly line. Power comes from a 3.5-liter biturbo V6 that produces 450 horsepower (336 kilowatts) and 510 pound-feet (692 Newton-meters) of torque. A 10-speed automatic gearbox routes the muscle to the ground. The Terrain Management System lets drivers select from six modes for tailoring the four-wheel drive to the conditions. Three-inch diameter Fox Shocks handle the harsh bumps of off-road driving, and there’s even more suspension articulation than the last-gen model for when attempting low-speed rock crawling.
“Raptor’s unique looks and capability have generated amazing buzz at every auto show we’ve brought it to around China,” David Schoch, president of Ford Asia Pacific, said about the model.
Ford isn’t discussing the Raptor’s cost in China, but it’s definitely pricey. A Raptor SuperCrew starts at $53,140 after $1,295 destination in the United States. However, China adds a 25 percent consumption tax and a 17 percent value-added tax. Plus, the Blue Oval is likely charging a premium for shipping them from Detroit and then across the Pacific.
Gallery: Ford F-150 Raptor China Delivery
All-New Ford F-150 Raptor Now On Its Way to Customers in China
· First all-new Ford F-150 Raptor SuperCrew shipped to China, bringing unmatched levels of off-road excitement and performance to the world’s largest auto market
· F-150 Raptor – the toughest, smartest, most capable F-150 Raptor ever – marks first-ever official export program for Ford F-Series and F-150 to China
· All-new F-150 Raptor joins Ford GT, all-new Focus RS, Focus ST and Fiesta ST to expand Ford Performance portfolio in China and offer more powerful, fun-to-drive products for customers there
DEARBORN, Feb. 3, 2017 – Ford has started shipping its all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor – the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup truck – to eager customers in China, marking the first time any U.S.-built F-Series truck has been officially exported to China.
F-150 Raptor is a class of one among off-road performance vehicles, with purpose-built engine, chassis and suspension – all of which enable it to travel fast over challenging desert landscapes or crawl along rocky terrain, from Baja to the Gobi Desert.
“Ford is one of America’s top exporters, and F-150 Raptor’s appeal and unmatched off-road performance has earned the truck a loyal following around the globe,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “Export to China enables us to bring a new group of enthusiasts into the Ford family.”
Exported as a four-door SuperCrew model, the second-generation F-150 Raptor leverages the latest advanced technologies, including a military-grade, high-strength, aluminum-alloy cab, while its muscular body is uniquely composite. The all-new Raptor features an exclusive high-output version of the 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine, plus a Ford-built 10-speed automatic transmission and advanced six-mode Terrain Management System™.
Other one-of-a-kind F-150 Raptor features include a Ford Performance-engineered high-strength steel frame with custom Fox Racing shocks with higher ground clearance, BFGoodrich off-road tires and full dual-performance exhaust system.
“Raptor’s unique looks and capability have generated amazing buzz at every auto show we’ve brought it to around China,” said David Schoch, Ford group vice president and president, Ford Asia Pacific. “F-150 Raptor is another example of our commitment to offer a wide range of vehicles for customers in China – everything from SUVs to high-performance cars and trucks.”
F-150 Raptor is one of more than 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020. It joins Ford GT, Focus RS, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R in a growing Ford Performance lineup.”
The all-new Ford F-150 Raptor is built at Dearborn Truck Plant in North America.
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