Seeing as the production version of the all-new, 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor has already been shown in the buff, we’d thought that sightings of camouflage-wearing prototypes of the supertruck model were surely done for now.
Not so; website Motor1 has managed to acquire a handful of still photographs containing a black SuperCrew example running around mostly-nude, with spotted camo obscuring the tailgate and parts of the rear fenders. To say this raises a few questions is putting it mildly.
Motor1 picked up on a couple of subtle, minute tweaks to the rear end of this F-150 Raptor that are only apparent after studying the photos for some time. First, the slight crease along the bottom of the tailgate that is present on the production version appears to be absent from this prototype; and second, there is a new, small protrusion at the bottom of the tailgate handle. The website takes these two tweaks to mean that a subtly-revised rear is coming to the Ford F-150 Raptor in 2018.
However, as we see it, Ford’s apparent plans to revamp the rear end of the new Raptor supertruck mightn’t be motivated whatsoever by aesthetic concerns, but by new NHTSA guidelines governing rearview camera systems that come into effect in 2018. Perhaps the F-150 Raptor’s existing camera system requires some tweaking in order to meet the requirements, hence its new, jutting position further out from the handle.