If you're looking for evidence that Ford will produce a second-generation Raptor based on its all-new 2015 F-150, this may be the smoking gun.
We caught this test mule, which combines the aluminum crew cab from the 2015 F-150 with the front and rear sections from the current Ford SVT Raptor. The new kick-up at the truck's C-pillar and the transition between the cab and the front and rear fenders makes it clear that Ford is mixing and matching parts as it begins adapting the Raptor's baja-busting bits to the all-new F-series' platform.
The mule also shows signs of an altered hood:The camouflaged hood is marked by a noteworthy bump in the center. A new grille is also grafted on and sits uncomfortably between the headlights of the current Raptor. The grille behind the camouflage has a mesh finish with a couple of horizontal bars. In this guise, it appears that the bold Ford badge emblazoned on the current Raptor's grille are missing in action, but it's still to early to make any styling determinations about this initial test mule. Ford also has removed the tailgate logos, and there doesn't appear to be any exhaust pipes.
We look forward to getting a closer look at this mule to see what it's really made of underneath. But for now we are pleased to reveal what appears to be clear-cut evidence that a Raptor 2.0 is now a real engineering project that looks destined for production.
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