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Ford makes F-150 Raptor even more off-road capable

Ford makes F-150 Raptor even more off-road capable”

It also works with the Terrain Management System (TMS) to optimise the shocks for the selected terrain, and that includes Raptor's unique Baja Mode.

Ford USA has announced a slew of changes for the 2019 F-150 Raptor, headlined by a new set of electronically-adjustable shock absorbers.

The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor goes on sales later this year. Like Toyota's Crawl Control, and a similar system used by Jeep, Trail Control keeps the vehicle at a set speed between 1.6km/h and 32km/h, automatically applying throttle and brakes to make driving over hard terrain easier. Ford is giving the 2019 F-150 Raptor an upgraded electronically adaptive Fox Racing Shox Live Valve suspension that will make it perform better on and off the road. And the automaker intend to enhance that off-road credibility even more with the updated 2019 model. And the Raptor's suspension upgrades for the 2019 model year make it even more capable of clawing away at the terrain than it is already. The automaker revealed the Ranger Raptor at an event in Thailand, that will feature a 2.0-liter bi-turbo diesel engine with a 10-speed transmission. It makes the off-road ride softer and improves on-pavement behaviour.

The new Trail Control system is meant to help Raptor drivers navigate challenging conditions.

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"By automatically varying compression rates, Raptor can now make the most of its suspension travel of 13 inches at the front and 13.9 inches at the rear".

"Not many trucks need sensors to detect when you are midair", Hermann Salenbauch, global director of Ford Performance, said in a news release. Trail Control can be activated at speeds from 1 to 20 miles per hour depending on driveline position. Described as cruise control for off-roading, the system is capable of automatically braking and sending power to each individual wheel, helping the Raptor to crawl over nearly any obstacle. Said to be inspired by the interior of the Ford GT, the seat design features blue Alcantara suede-like inserts and accent stitching.

New Recaro seats round out the functional improvements, though aesthetically a few new paint colours are available, including Ford Performance Blue.

You'll be able to spot 2019 Raptors from behind because they wear a new rear appliqué on the tailgate. After its review of the 2018 Raptor F-150, auto and Driver concluded that the off-road truck was "pure, dumb fun on four wheels".



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