The 2018 Ford Raptor is one of the baddest pickup trucks that you can buy on the market. It will come with same price, specs and horsepower, without any big changes. Therefore, there is no V8 option for this generation, but we should wait its release date to see
According to Brian Bell, from Ford trucks team, there will be no big changes on the new Raptor. That means that it is going to be just a carryover, without any changes on its design nor specs. Ford Raptor was introduced to public for the first time in 2010. It made a big hit at that time since a number of car and truck lovers were attracted to this model. When it comes to competition of the new Ford Raptor 2018 list is short and discutable. Anything that is close to Raptor is a Ram Rebel or Toyota Tundra TRD Pro.
2018 Ford Raptor redesign
Will there be any exterior refresh?
The exterior design of 2018 Ford Raptor will be shared with its predecessor. As a result it will use aluminum bodywork on the high-strength steel frame. Previous year model was redesigned and it receive some bodyweight improvements – 500 pounds lighter than before. Beside its improvement in weight change, it is 6 inches wider than before. This improvement allows the car to be more stable on tough terrains.
Compared to standard F-150 truck, you can see its raised bumpers that makes the departure angles outstanding. This pickup comes with a new massive grille style as well with a couple of headlamps using LED technology. This feature is perfect for a night ride. There are seven exterior colors available: Avalanche Grey, Ingot Silver, Lightning Blue, Magnetic, Ruby Red, Shadow Black and Oxford White.
|2018 FORD RAPTOR DIMENSIONS|
|Length||220.0 in. (5,590 mm)- SuperCab|
231.9 in. (5,890 mm) – SuperCrew
|Width||86.3 in. (2,192 mm)|
|Height||78.5 in. (1,918 mm)|
|Wheelbase||134.2 in. (3,409 mm) – SuperCab|
146.0 in. (3,708 mm) – SuperCrew
|Ground clearance||11.5 in. (292 mm)|
|Colors||Avalanche Grey, Ingot Silver, Lightning Blue, Magnetic, Ruby Red, Shadow Black and Oxford White|
It is going to be available in two cab styles: SuperCab and SuperCrew. Both of this variants offer space for six passengers but there are only two differences: door configuration and interior space for both, passengers and their luggage. SuperCrew has four independent doors while SuperCab’s rear doors are only partial doors. That means that you have to open front doors to be able to open rear doors. Beside larger doors, SuperCrew cab configuration also offers more room for passengers (plus 16 cu. ft.) and their things (plus 20 cu. ft.).
Compared to the standard F-150, the 2018 Ford Raptor will come with some upgrades too. The cabin of the new Raptor is quite spacious that it can load up to 5 passengers. The seats will make you comfortable since they use leather and suede inserts. The best part of it is its waterproof feature. To enhance the comfort, the seats are adjustable into 15 different directions. Besides the seats, the new steering wheel is also covered in the same material – leather. Moreover, it also features paddle shifters that seem a bit similar with the one in F1 car. The gauge cluster has a perfectly sized display which will provide you a great info.
This car will also feature functions of entertainment and safety. On the dashboard, there is a large 8-inch LED touchscreen that integrates navigation, entertainment and information about vehicle and communicate with SYNC3 infotainment connectivity system. This enables entertainment, voice commands and integration for Apple and Android smartphones by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For better maneuverability and exterior visibility there is a 360-view camera.
New Ford Raptor 2018 specs
Under the hood of the new Ford Raptor 2018 won’t be any replacement, which means that we should wait another update for V8 option. That means that it will be powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine with 450 horses and 510 lb-ft of torque. Current engine had only flaw with its direct injection. Therefore, new engines will come with dual injection to resolve this problem. When it comes to fuel efficiency, with previous year model it is rated at 15 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway which results in 16 mpg of combined fuel economy.
Besides the engine, this truck will have the same transmission system too. It would be 10 speed automatic gearbox with magnesium paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel. Hydraulics controls on gearbox improves shift speed and flexibility of the truck. This transmission is equipped with trailer / tow mode that reschedule shift points and also adds engine braking.
|2018 FORD RAPTOR SPECIFICATIONS|
|Engine type||3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 with twin turbocharger|
|Horsepower||450 HP @ 5,000 rpm|
|Torque||510 lb-ft @ 3,500 rpm|
|Transmission type||10-speed automatic with wheel mounted magnesium paddle shifters|
|0-60 mph||6.1 sec – SuperCab|
6.3 sec – SuperCrew
|Fuel economy||15/18/16 (city/hwy/comb)|
When it comes to transfer case, there will be combination of the AWD and 4WD capabilities. With “Torque-On-Demand” system it automatically distribute torque between the front and rear wheels just like classic all-wheel-drive system but it also features mechanical lock for 4×4. As a result of this, we got combination of the best from both drivetrain worlds.
This system will have some additional features that can improve its off-road performance. The features you may anticipate from the system are like all-terrain tires, racing shock absorbers, torque-on-demand transfer case, and many others. Although Ford does not confirm about this allegation yet, we believe that they will not let car enthusiasts down.
2018 Ford Raptor release date and price
What about 2018 Ford Raptor release date? It is available in Ford dealerships. Refreshed standard Ford F-150 has been introduced to public during the early of 2017 at Detroit Auto Show. The price for this pickup truck starts from around $51,000 for Raptor SuperCab while start price for SuperCrew should be just under $53,000. There are optional packages and extra equipment available that could raise overall price. Fully loaded 2018 Raptor with all accessories cost around $74,000.
Pictured 2017 Ford Raptor