NAIAS 2016: Ford F-150 Raptor Supercrew breaks cover

NAIAS 2016: Ford F-150 Raptor Supercrew breaks cover image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Ford | posted January 11, 2016 16:52

Baja racetruck-inspired F-150 Raptor Supercrew makes its presence felt in Detroit

After unveiling the new-generation F-150 Raptor during last year's North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Ford arrived at the 2016 NAIAS with a new variant of the revered Raptor.

Called the F-150 Raptor Supercrew, the new pickup truck will deliver the same AWD performance and EcoBoost power, albeit in a more spacious and comfortable package.

“F-150 Raptor means superior off-road capability, from rock crawling to sand running. With the addition of SuperCrew, F-150 Raptor customers can leave the pavement behind – without sacrificing comfort and space,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance Global Director.

Sand trailing with the Ford F-150 Raptor Supercrew

Like the standard 2017 F-150 Raptor Supercab, the Supercrew also sits on a lightweight high-strength steel frame. To further save on weight, it has a military-grade aluminum body that cuts overall weight by up to 226 kg.

Exact dimensions weren't revealed, but Ford did mention that the Supercrew's wheelbase measures in at 3683mm, 305mm longer than the Supercab's. This allowed Ford to fit the Supercrew with full-sized rear doors along with rear seats that will provide better legroom and interior space.

Design-wise, both the Supercrew and Supercab Raptors share similar aesthetics like the large Ford mesh grill, front skid plate, matte black wheel arches, 17-inch alloys wrapped in BF Goodrich All-Terrain K02 tires, dual exhausts and F-150 / Raptor lettering on the tailgate.

Aboard the F-150 Raptor Supercrew

Overall interior design has been carried over from the Supercab as well. It gets the same equipment such as paddle shifters and the ceiling-mounted auxiliary controls that manages the pickup's lights and air compressor.

Under the hood, the vehicle is powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that Ford claimed cranks out more power than the outgoing 6.2-liter V8, which doled out 416 PS and 587 Nm of torque. The engine is then mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox and a new AWD system with a torque-on-demand transfer case.

Beside the AWD system, the 2017 F-150 Raptor also gets the new Terrain Management System which can set the pickup in six different modes: Normal, Street, Weather, Mud and Sand, Baja and Rock.

The F-150 Raptor Supercrew will be built at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant and is set to arrive in US and Canadian markets around Autumn.