Ford upgrades 2019 F-150 Raptor's suspension, seating options

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

Home Ford 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor gets adaptive Fox suspension and Recaro seats By Marc Carter- May

Ford is making its iconic F-150 Raptor - the ultimate high-performance off-road pickup - even better with upgraded technology including class-exclusive, electronically controlled FOX shocks, new Trail Control and all-new Recaro sport seats. A major update of the Ford F-150 is expected for the 2021 model year, when a hybrid version is scheduled to join the lineup. Like Toyota's Crawl Control, and a similar system used by Jeep, Trail Control keeps the vehicle at a set speed between 1.6km/h and 32km/h, automatically applying throttle and brakes to make driving over hard terrain easier.

The upgrades are focused on key components that have made F-150 Raptor the benchmark in off-road trucks for an even tougher, smarter, more capable trail runner. The upgraded 2019 F-150 Raptor will be built at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant and is slated to go on sale in late 2018. Yes, there are other options for Ram, GM and Toyota fans who want to play off-road in a stock truck, but when you look at the total package - the Raptor is the king of the factory-built off-road pickups. The automaker revealed the Ranger Raptor at an event in Thailand, that will feature a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine with a 10-speed transmission. A collaboration between the Raptor team and FOX, it keeps the 13-inch front suspension travel and 13.9-inch rear travel, but adds a new adjustable damping system.

The new electronic shocks "improve off-road performance, and improve driving refinement" on pavement, says program manager Tony Greco. For example, in "jump mode", if the sensors detect that the tires are about to, or have, separated from the Earth, the servos in the shocks are reset for a stiffer rebound in order to mitigate bottoming out the truck.

2019 Ford F-150 Raptor

The new shocks are enabling Trail Control, a system that makes it easier for Raptor drivers to control the truck in tough situations.

The new tech automatically adjusts both the power and braking force sent to each wheel, working at speeds of up top 30 km/h to take a driver's mind off of throttle and brake inputs as they traverse a piece of rugged road, tackle a trail, or climb up - or down - a rocky hill. The system can be activated at speeds from 1-20mph. And to keep you in your seat when navigating the kind of terrain the Raptor is created to handle there are also some all-new Recaro seats. This available seat design features blue Alcantara inserts and accent stitching inspired by the Light Speed-colored interior of the Ford GT supercar.

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