The 2019 Ford Raptor is outfitted with industry-first live valve shocks. Brian tells Jim and Trav that Ford worked closely with Fox Racing to create and patent the new Fox live valve shocks that provide continuously variable, electronically controlled, compression damping. These new and intuitive shocks react in real time and adjust to the terrain accordingly with the speed and settings in the multimode Terrain Management System.
The Trail Control system controls the power and braking to each wheel which automatically adjusts to whatever terrain and obstacles you are conquering. Brian tells Jim and Trav that Trail Control is a lot like cruise control, but for the backroads. Drivers can set their Trail Control at any speed from 1 to 20 mph so they don't have to think about power, but rather focus on steering and navigating the road ahead. As outdoorsmen and women, the backroads are our home, the pavement merely connects us from one dirt road adventure to another. Because the roads we travel are often less than ideal, not well maintained and throw plenty of obstacles our way, we can use all the help we can get. The Terrain Management and Trail Control systems are great for these environments and give us capability, control and performance, to tackle them all.
The 2019 Ford Raptor is powered by a High-Output 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine that's paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission which all translates to 450 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. Plus, a tow rating of 8,000 pounds means you can haul your boat with ease or load your trailers to the max with gear for any adventure. The 2019 Raptor sits on 35-inch tires, sports all-new Recaro sport seats and can be modestly accessorized, or fully loaded inside with great tech features.
The 2019 Raptor is powerful and designed with the ability to take on punishing off-road environments, but Brian tells Jim and Trav it's not a one trick pony. He says the 2019 Ford Raptor is really a vehicle for anyone. It's spacious and with a SuperCrew you have room for your whole family to tag along. It's tough and can handle towing cargo, boats, trailers or heavy loads. It's comfortable and offers a great ride and better yet, it looks great - what's not to love about the beefy and aggressive stance that the Ford Raptor is known for.
The upgraded 2019 Ford Raptor will be made in America and available this fall. Tune in to find out more about it from Ford's F-150 Marketing Manager, Brian Bell, this thing is a beast!
(Just in case you missed it, we gave listeners a look at the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger last week, so be sure to check that out, too, right here.)