New Ford Raptor is claimed to be the toughest one yet

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The new Raptor is introduced in Detroit (Photo: Loz Blain/Gizmag)

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If you're one of those people who use pick-ups more for off-roading than for hauling, then you'll no doubt be interested in the upcoming newest version of Ford's F-150 Raptor. The automaker is billing it as "Ford's toughest, smartest, most capable truck for ultimate off-road performance."

Unveiled this week in Detroit at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, it features a new purpose-built high-strength steel frame, unique to the Raptor. It also has a new aluminum-alloy body, that shaves over 500 lb (227 kg) off the weight of the current model.

Powering the truck is a high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that's exclusive to the F-150 line. Paired with a new 10-speed transmission, it reportedly produces more power at greater efficiency than the current Raptor's 6.2-liter V8 – exact figures haven't been provided.

Larger, redesigned Fox racing shocks add more suspension travel, plus the Raptor's new Terrain Management System lets drivers optimize its driving dynamics for different surfaces (such as sand, snow and mud).

Other new features on this model include a dual exhaust system, 17-inch wheels with BFGoodrich All-Terrain KO2 tires, paddle shifters, LED lighting and an improved four-wheel-drive, torque-on-demand transfer case.

The new F-150 Raptor should be available starting in Fall 2016 (Northern Hemisphere), at a price that has yet to be announced.

Source: Ford

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