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At the Detroit auto show, Ford took the wraps off the all-new 2017 F-150 Raptor SuperCrew truck, which is capable of clocking 100 mph off-road.
The 2017 F-150 Raptor SuperCrew is basically a crew cab version of the 2017 F-150 Raptor, which debuted at the North American International Auto Show in 2015. Ford unveiled the vehicle on Monday, Jan. 11, at the auto show.
“F-150 Raptor means superior off-road capability, from rock crawling to sand running,” says Dave Pericak, global director of Ford Performance. “With the addition of SuperCrew, F-150 Raptor customers can leave the pavement behind – without sacrificing comfort and space.”
The F-150 Raptor SuperCrew has a 10-speed transmission and, like the F-150 and the SuperDuty, it has been manufactured by deploying aluminum rather than steel used in the previous model. The use of aluminum makes the truck 500 pounds lighter than the older Raptor.
“If you could drive the new one and the old one, blindfolded, back-to-back, you’d be convinced it’s a completely new truck,” notes Ford’s Jamal Hameedi, the company’s global performance chief engineer. “Straight-line performance blows the old truck away. The new truck, with its longer wheel travel, is much more plush off-road, and better-handling on-road.”
The F-150 Raptor SuperCrew has four full-size doors, which offers more legroom for passengers on the rear seats. The vehicle’s wheelbase is 145 inches, making it 12 inches longer than the Raptor SuperCab’s 133-inch one.
The new off-road truck also houses a second-gen 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine – unique to the SuperCrew – which the automaker claims is capable of generating over 411 horsepower, as well as 434 pound-feet torque, more than what the current 6.2-liter V-8 engine is capable of.
The tough as nails truck’s engine also boasts a 10-speed automatic transmission which is all new, as well as a four-wheel drive system that touts a Terrain Management System. The system offers six different driving modes that are adaptive to different terrains.
These modes are: the Normal mode for regular driving, Weather mode for ice, snow or when it rains, the Baja mode to aid high-speed desert running, Mud and Sand mode for sandy or muddy terrains and trails, Street mode for higher-performance when driving on road and lastly, the Rock mode for rock crawling on low speed.
The F-150 Raptor SuperCrew has been styled ruggedly and has a robust front bumper, extended fender flares and a mesh grille. It is also kitted with 17-inch alloy wheels that have BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires. The vehicle also has a dual exhaust system.
Compared to the regular F-150, the Raptor SuperCrew is six inches bigger which endows it with the ability to navigate in off-road conditions as well.
The 2017 F-150 Raptor SuperCrew’s suspension has FOX Racing Shox. Ford has not elaborated on the name, simply saying the new truck’s suspension travel is higher than that of the older F-150 Raptor.
The pricing of the much-awaited 2017 F-150 Raptor SuperCrew is not known. The truck will go on sale in Canada and the United States in fall 2016.