American carmaker, Ford has upgraded the iconic and popular 2019 F-150 Raptor in to an ultimate high-performance off-road pickup as it now comes with even better upgraded technology including class-exclusive, electronically controlled FOX shocks, new Trail Control and all-new Recaro sport seats. The new upgrades on the F-150 Raptor are focused to make it the benchmark in off-road trucks. The upgraded 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor will be built at the company’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Michigan ahead of its launch later this year.
(The new upgrades on the F-150 Raptor are focused to make it the benchmark in off-road trucks)
The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor gets a handful of updates for the new model year. The truck may look basically the same on the outside, but some new tech features should make it even better at conquering rough terrain.
“Raptor’s success is rooted in its incredible suspension, superb vehicle control and the confidence the truck instills in its owners,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “Upgrades to the 2019 F-150 Raptor have improved all three to new levels that the competition will have to benchmark – again.”
For 2019, the Raptor’s Fox Racing internal-bypass shock absorbers get a new system called Live Valve that allows them to adjust on the fly. Like the adaptive-damping systems used in many sports cars and luxury cars, Live Valve lets the Fox shocks change their level of firmness, depending on conditions.
The only other major change for 2019 is a pair of new Recaro sport seats, available in a blue design inspired by one of the interior color options from the Ford GT supercar. The Raptor also gets three new color options (Ford Performance Blue, Velocity Blue, and Agate Black), and a handful of minor cosmetic changes.
Ford did not make any changes to the powertrain, so the Raptor sticks with its 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 and 10-speed automatic transmission. The V6 makes a healthy 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, so it’s not like the Raptor was wanting for power. It’s even enough power for drifting, should the mood take you.
The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor goes on sale later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to the launch date, but expect a slight bump over the 2018 model’s $50,115 base price to account for the new features. Meanwhile, the smaller Ranger Raptor has generated a lot of buzz, but Ford hasn’t decided whether to bring it to the United States.