2019 Ford F150 Sneak Peek

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2019 Ford F150 Sneak Peek

2019 Ford F150 Sneak Peek The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor receives a handful of updates for the new model year. The truck may seem basically the same on the outside, but some new technology features should make it even better to conquer the rugged terrain.

For 2019, the Raptor Fox Racing-Bypass internal shock absorbers get a new system called Live valve that allows them to fit on the fly. Like adaptive damping systems used in many sports cars and luxury cars, valve Live allows Fox shocks to change their level of firmness, depending on the conditions.

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In Raptor, the phase valve allows for 13.0 inches of suspension for the front and 13.9 in rear. That’s exactly what you want when negotiating uneven terrain. The system also works with the current Raptor terrain management system to adjust shocks according to multiple drives. So when Raptor is back on the sidewalk, the shocks automatically adjust accordingly to allow smooth driving.

Also new for 2019 is a system called Trail Control. It acts essentially as a low-speed, off-road cruise control, keeping the Raptor putting along at a set speed of between 1 mph and 20 mph while the pilot runs. Smooth gas application is crucial to keep off-road traction, so this system could really help novice drivers.

The only other major change for 2019 is a pair of new Recaro sport seats, available in a blue design inspired by one of the interior color options of the Ford GT supercar. Raptor also gets three new colors (Ford Performance Blue, Speed Blue and Agate Black), and a handful of less cosmetic changes.

2019 Ford F150 Sneak Peek

Ford has not made any changes to the powertrain, so the Raptor sticks with its 3.5-liter Twin-Turbo EcoBoost V6 and 10 automatic transmission speeds. The V6 makes a good health of 450 horses and 510 pounds-feet of torque, so it’s not like the Raptor was eager to power. It is even enough power for drift, if the mood take you.

The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor is on sale later this year. Prices will be announced closer to the launch date, but expect a slight bump on the $50 115 base price of the 2018 model to reflect the new features. Meanwhile, the smallest Raptor Ranger has generated a lot of Buzz, but Ford has not decided to bring it to the United States.