Ford unveils F-150 Raptor SuperCrew

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Ford Motor Co. on Monday unveiled a production version of its new F-150 Raptor SuperCrew cab configuration at the Detroit Auto Show.

Joe Hinrichs, Executive Vice President and President, The Americas, talks about the 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor.

The Dearborn automaker first showed a preview of the performance pickup’s smaller SuperCab configuration at last year’s show, but this year’s North American International Auto Show features the full production version of both the SuperCab and larger SuperCrew versions.

The SuperCrew, which has four full-size doors and a 12-inch longer wheelbase than SuperCab, makes up roughly 80 percent of Raptor sales, Ford said.

The off-road truck is powered by a Raptor-unique 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that Ford says will get more than the 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque achieved by the current 6.2-liter V-8 engine.

It comes in a 10-speed transmission.

Just like in the F-150 and SuperDuty, Ford made the new Raptor using aluminum, which saves up to 500 pounds compared to the previous all-steel model.

The 2017 Raptor does include a fully boxed steel frame, stronger than the previous model’s.

Raptor is 6 inches wider than the normal F-150, which makes it able to traverse off-road conditions.

The 2017 model has bigger shock canisters and an enhanced suspension.

Its new off-road technology, called the Terrain Management System, includes a number of modes that help drivers depending on their situation and include everything from “normal” mode to “mud and sand” and “rock.”

The Raptor, which is built at the Dearborn Truck Plant alongside the F-150, will go on sale in the U.S. and Canada this fall.