In recent days, we’ve been treated to a slew of third-gen F-150 Raptor spy shots revealing all sorts of interesting details about the forthcoming off-road-focused pickup. These latest pictures are no exception, as they give us not only a good feel for the Raptor’s aggressive stance, but also some evidence that the third-gen F-150 Raptor will come packing some tech upgrades over the current, outgoing model.
When viewing this particular Ford Raptor prototype from the front, there’s clear evidence of four sensors or cameras mounted in the front bumper. An additional four sensor/camera units can also be seen in the undisguised rear bumper. It appears that the F-150 Raptor will utilize some tech upgrades to see and sense its terrain, likely matching some of the new tech employed on the new Ford Bronco and forthcoming GMC Hummer EV.
On the 2021 Ford Bronco, the SYNC system displays the available 360 degree camera system with off-road spotter views to provide additional visibility in technical pursuits such as rock crawling. Advanced topographic trail maps and more than 1,000 curated trail maps are powered by content from NeoTreks’ AccuTerra Maps, Trails Off-road trail guides, and FunTreks trail guides.
These new photos add to what we already know about the next-gen Raptor, including the fact that it will ride on a brand new coil spring suspension with its Fox shocks moved ahead of the rear axle, which Ford Authority first reported back in August. The truck’s wheel arch design is different as well, as are the lights located in its wheel arches, but it will retain its signature “Ford” script front grille, however.
The third-gen Raptor will be available with two different engines – either a more powerful version of Ford’s new 3.5L PowerBoost V6 hybrid or a revamped version of Ford’s 3.5L EcoBoost V6 High Output used in the last-gen F-150 Limited and Raptor models, and the supercharged 5.2L Predator V8 from the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, detuned a bit to somewhere between 725 and 750 horsepower.
It’s also possible that the next Raptor will drop the SuperCab configuration and be offered only as a SuperCrew pickup. As far as when we’ll see the next-gen F-150 Raptor, it’s expected to launch for the 2021 model year, though we have our doubts about that.