Ford is making its iconic F-150 Raptor even better with upgraded technology including electronically controlled FOX Racing Shox, new Trail Control, and all-new Recaro sport seats.
The upgrades are focused on key components that have made F-150 Raptor the benchmark in off-road trucks for an even tougher, smarter, more capable trail runner.
While Raptor has plenty of torque and horsepower, its suspension upgrades make it even more capable of clawing away at the terrain. To enhance Raptor’s internal bypass shocks, Ford Performance worked directly with FOX to develop all-new electronically controlled Live Valve technology for the new platform that continuously adjusts damping in real-time. This setup uses sensors in the suspension and body to maximize comfort, handling, and bottom-out resistance.
Paired with Raptor’s Terrain Management System, Live Valve suspension technology can increase the truck’s high-speed off-road capability while also enabling smooth on-road driving performance, according to the company.
Low-speed performance off-road is also improved. New Trail Control helps F-150 Raptor drivers navigate challenging conditions. It’s like cruise control for low-speed, rugged terrain, automatically adjusting power and braking to each individual wheel to allow drivers to focus on steering over rugged terrain. Trail Control can be activated at speeds from 1 mph up to 20 mph depending on driveline position.
In addition, Raptor drivers now have enhanced seats to help keep them firmly in place for improved confidence at low and high speeds. All-new Recaro sport seats provide aggressive support with bolstering in the seat back and cushion.
Finally, Raptor’s exterior gets an upgrade for 2019 with new colors including Ford Performance Blue, Velocity Blue, and Agate Black. An enhanced rear appliqué and available newly designed beadlock-capable wheels round out the new look.
The upgraded 2019 F-150 Raptor will be built at Dearborn Truck Plant. It goes on sale in late 2018.