New F-150 Raptor arrives mid-2021 with added tech & even more off-road prowess

Next-generation model with big updates but don't expect a V8, yet.

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The wait is over for the new F-150 Raptor, set to arrive at dealerships this Summer 2021, with plans for a V8-powered Raptor R sometime in 2022. The redesigned high-performance off-road pickup will be assembled at Ford’s Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan.

Perhaps not the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX killer many were expecting, but hey, the Raptor maintains its unapologetic, badass persona and it’s been going strong for over 10 years now. Besides, you could always go for this Hennessey VelociRaptor 6X6, if that’s more your thing.

Below, we’ve outlined the major changes customers can expect. From performance updates including a revamped turbo V6 EcoBoost engine (no V8, sorry), a new five-link rear suspension, and new FOX shocks, to interior and styling features like a new 12-inch center screen, available 360-degree camera package, and wider front skid plate.

Here’s our full piece on the new 2021 F-150 Raptor and why it’s ‘missing’ that V8.

Performance changes

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
  • new five-link rear suspension
  • five-link rear suspension features extra-long trailing arms
  • Panhard rod and 24-inch coil springs – the longest in the class
  • updated engine management software
  • next-generation FOX Live Valve internal bypass shocks
  • larger 3.1-inch-diameter anodized aluminum shock bodies
  • New electronically controlled base valves (1,000 pounds of damping per corner at desert speeds)
  • available with either 35-inch or 37-inch tires
  • specially designed BFGoodrich all-terrain T/A KO2 tires
  • third-generation twin-turbo 3.5-litre EcoBoost high-output engine (projected range of more than 500 miles on one tank of gas)
  • a mobile generator (Ford-exclusive Pro Power Onboard)
  • new three-inch equal-length exhaust system
  • upgraded 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Payload of 1,400 pounds (increases by 200 pounds)
  • Towing capacity of 8,200 pounds (200 pound increase)

Interior and Tech updates

2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
2021 Ford F-150 Raptor
  • new “high-tech cockpit” design and layout
  • new standard and customizable 12-inch digital gauge cluster
  • customizable new 12-inch center screen is standard
  • FordPass – a mobile app that can lock or unlock vehicle
  • available 360-degree camera package
  • Standard Trail One-Pedal Drive (easier off-road and rock climbing abilities)
  • standard Trail Control
  • Standard SYNC 4 includes more natural voice control and real-time mapping and customizable information
  • available 18-speaker B&O Unleashed sound system
  • enhanced materials, distinct surface finishes and more storage
  • new steering wheel (features a laser-etched logo, top centering mark, aluminum paddle shifters)
  • Seats with large bolsters
  • Optional more aggressive Recaro bucket seats
  • Standard aluminum or available carbon fiber interior packages trim the doors
  • available lockable, fold-flat rear storage (with vault under the rear seats)

Exterior changes

  • Redesigned front look featuring a power dome hood with blacked-out grille and headlights that stretch fender to fender
  • hood has a new heat extractor and functional side vents at the top trailing edge of the fender
  • blacked-out taillights and tailgate appliqué
  • wider front skid plate
  • Available Rigid off-road lighting mounted in the front bumper
  • Three different 17-inch wheels are available, two with beadlock capability
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