The Anticipated 2021 F-150 Raptor Release | Not What We Expected

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor | Photo Credit: Ford

Did you watch the debut on YouTube? Were you underwhelmed? We’ve anticipated Ford to produce an off-road truck more capable of competing with the Ram 1500 TRX, but according to their video on YouTube, it looks like we’re going to have to wait until 2022 for more.

The boards are lighting up with the disappointment that Ford is sticking to its guns and rolling with the high-output 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. For now, it delivers better low-end torque, capable of delivering greater maximum towing and increased maximum payload capability, and offers a projected EPA-estimated range of over 500 miles. It will also offer an active valve dual exhaust to make the V6 throatier.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor | Photo Credit: Ford

The fully redesigned F-150 Raptor increased its off-road capability by adding an all-new five-link rear suspension. It features electronically controlled next-generation FOX shocks with Live Valve technology, improved wheel travel, and first-in-class available 37-inch tires capable of tackling tough terrain for high-speed desert runs.

Each F-150 Raptor will come standard with over-the-air updates and a new connected experience that delivers potential features like shareable digital trail maps and other off-road technologies. It also has SYNC 4 with cloud-connected navigation and voice search. The FordPass mobile app allows you to check on your truck remotely and control the lights from your hands.

The twin-turbo 3.5L V6 offers state-of-the-art turbos and a 10:5:1 compression ratio, as well as high-power fans built directly into the cooling system to ensure off-roading sessions never end too early. It comes standard with a 36-gallon gas tank.

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor | Photo Credit: Ford

The new three-inch exhaust system features a unique X-pipe and takes advantage of a true pass-through muffler design to improve sound quality. Customers have the option for four sound modes, including Quiet, Normal, Sport, and Baja.

Although Ford has designed an incredible truck, it’s not what we’ve been expecting. Rumors had been swirling that the Raptor could boast the same V8 we find in the Shelby GT500, but that was put to rest today with this announcement. Despite the underwhelming news, there’s still a lot to look forward to with this new release.

With the 2022 cliffhanger, Ford enthusiasts who were hoping this would be the year of the V8 will have to wait another year to see what’s on the horizon at Ford. Until then, we’ll keep you updated about how this Raptor competes with the TRX on the trails.

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