When the all-new 2021 Ford F-150 debuted last night, there were quite a few surprises mixed in with some things that we expected all along. But one important thing missing from that grand production, hosted by actor Denis Leary, was any mention of a 2021 F-150 Raptor. Ford Authority reported earlier this year that we didn’t expect to see an all-new 2021 F-150 Raptor at all, and now it appears that we were correct.
Ford Authority reached out to Ford Trucks spokesperson Andrew Surma, who confirmed that we will eventually see an F-150 Raptor based on the 14th generation pickup. The only question is when. “A Raptor is coming for this generation F-150. We will share timing at a later date,” Surma said.
What we do know for sure is that all 13th generation F-150 models will be discontinued after the 2020 model year, including the Raptor. In other words, the possibility of the outgoing-generation F-150 Raptor continuing to be offered while development work is done on the all-new model is off the table.
All this shouldn’t come as a surprise, since past generations of the F-150 Raptor showed up later in the model’s lifecycle. For instance, the first-generation F-150 Raptor didn’t appear until 2009, one year after the 12th-gen F-150 was introduced. The second-gen Raptor debuted for the 2017 model year, two years after the 13th-gen F-150 arrived.
So it seems that we won’t see the F-150 Raptor again until 2022 or 2023, but we’re sure it’ll be worth the wait. When the new Raptor does eventually arrive, we expect it to continue the same winning formula Ford derived in the first two generations.
That means a tougher exterior appearance with a unique grille, wider fenders, fender flares, graphics, and knobby tires wrapped around unique wheels.
Under the skin, the next-gen F-150 Raptor will undoubtedly be fitted with a highly-capable long-travel suspension and Fox shocks. Unique drive modes and interior touches, along with available exterior graphics will likely round out the popular model.
The big unknown when it comes to the third-gen F-150 Raptor is what sort of engine(s) it’ll be available with. Ford could simply choose to carry on with the 3.5L EcoBoost V6, or perhaps it will also offer customers the option of a 5.0L Coyote V8.
More likely, we’d expect the all-new full-hybrid 3.5L PowerBoost drivetrain to be available on the new Raptor, as it will be with the rest of the F-150 lineup. Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission will likely remain the sole transmission choice.
Update: some outlets are reporting that there will be an F-150 Raptor available for the 2021 model year. We’ve reached out to Ford for comment and will update this story if/when we hear back.