A host of next-gen Ford F-150 Raptor prototype pickups have been spotted testing in recent weeks, which have given us a variety of details about the forthcoming off-road-focused version of the 14th generation 2021 Ford F-150. And now, we have more photos and a key new detail to share – a revised headlight design visible on this F-150 Raptor prototype.
The 2021 F-150’s new headlight design consists of a bright white LED signature, but that does not appear to be the case with the Raptor. The latest Raptor prototype’s LED elements are clearly different, with an amber-colored tint to the LED signature. The unique look is evident in these new close-up photos, and are even clearer in shots of the pickup driving in the shadow of an underpass.
It appears that the new amber LED signature lights will provide a new element of differentiation between the Raptor and its lesser Ford F-150 brethren. The amber-tinted feature will better tie in with the federally-mandated amber marker lights that have always been a part of the Raptor’s design, thanks to its wider front and rear tracks.
In addition to this new LED lighting signature, the next-generation 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.
The Raptor will also 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 FoMoCo’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.