Although this might surprise some, the only way to be a successful pickup truck manufacturer nowadays is to make sure you have a few cards up your sleeve. That’s what our spy shooters are suggesting with these new Ford F-150 Raptor photos. Interestingly, only the rear of the vehicle has been “hidden,” but we’re not sure why. It could be a fresh graphics package, new taillight technology or maybe some odd camera tech. Here’s what our spy photographers had to say about a refreshed Raptor they just caught.
“The 2017 Raptor’s release date has not yet been officially announced, but the media is scheduled to drive the new pickups at the beginning of December and you can build your own online, so it’s likely coming soon to Ford dealers. While its design is locked in for the 2017 iteration of the Raptor, it appears that design tweaks are in the pipeline, likely coinciding with Ford’s mid-cycle facelift destined for the rest of the F-150 lineup.
“We caught a couple of different Raptor test trucks sporting camouflaged rear ends — from the front tailgate to the middle of its flared rear fenders. It’s surprising to see tweaked design elements in play on a vehicle that’s on the verge of hitting dealerships. Whatever design changes are in store for the F-150 lineup, it must be important enough to Ford to carry through the revised styling as thoroughly as possibly — even to its still-fresh Raptor halo truck.
“One of the prototypes had all of its internal identification labels taped over. Those labels often indicate the model year of the test truck in question (some Raptor testers were labeled as “2017.5” models). This measure could disguise the model-year designation for the Raptor refresh.
“No changes were visible on either prototype’s front end. The Raptor’s face is so different from standard F-150 fare, we’re not surprised to see it unchanged at this point. If any prototypes show up with frontal camouflage, we’ll be sure to update the story immediately.”
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