We’ve seen a number of next-gen Ford F-150 Raptor prototypes out testing in recent weeks, each one draped in varying levels of camouflage. These photos have also revealed a number of interesting details about the new pickup, which is also the case with these new pictures that once again show the Raptor’s grille behind a thin covering.
It’s quite clear that the next-gen Ford F-150 Raptor grille won’t try to reinvent the wheel when compared to the current model. There’s still a giant “Ford” script spanning the entire width of the grille in the center. But it’s also interesting that the camo Ford used on this particular prototype gives that lettering a pretty psychedelic look.
We can also see in these photos that the Raptor’s signature amber lighting will still be present and accounted for, at the top of the grille, as is the case with the current model. Otherwise, the automaker did a good job of hiding the rest of the details here, which hasn’t always been the case with prior prototypes.
Most recently, a next-gen Ford F-150 Raptor prototype was spotted with its new amber LED signature headlights exposed. 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 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.
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.