Spied: 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor?

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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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Comments

Please be the 6.2L...

The 2015 F-150 already looks dated and a refresh is desperately needed, bigly.

The difference is Ford produces production vehicles. Ram produces concepts.

Ford really excels when it comes to marketing their products.

Those aren’t the new tail lights. Those are the tail lights that are available on the King Ranch without blind spot detection.

GMSrbad, please keep your comments to yourself, we all realize GM is in bad shape and will never match Ford, no need to keep reminding us, we all know there is a reason why GM is never mentioned since they never have anything innovative or new to show.

Ford probably stole Honda's bed speaker idea to blast V8 engines sounds, so you don't have to hear the annoying bee buzzing sound of a 1990s Honda Civic engine they got under the hood of a 60 grand truck.

we all realize GM is in bad shape and will never match Ford
Posted by: Nitro | Oct 17, 2016 12:44:42 PM

Wrong like normal, GM down 0.6% Ford down 7.7%

http://gmauthority.com/blog/2016/10/general-motors-september-2016-sales-figures-numbers-results-united-states/

http://fordauthority.com/2016/10/ford-motor-company-sales-numbers-figures-results-september-2016/

No those tail lamps look different than the ones on the current higher spec F150s. It's quite odd that they are showing a refresh before the new Raptor is released.

Peep the URL below:
http://s3.amazonaws.com/carbayblog/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/19071425/2017-Ford-F-150-Raptor-Spy-Photos-108-876x535.jpg

This Raptor looks dated and it hasn't even hit the dealership lots yet. I personally think the 1st gen Raptor looks better than this thing.

For 35" tires, that rear diff hangs pretty low. And didn't Ford learn that rear exiting exhaust is worse off road than side swept? Any real off-roading that will utilize the departure angle will drag or smash those exhaust tips into the rear bumper. Those aluminum lower control arms won't last long out in the rocks.

Luckily most people will only see the speed bumps and curbs at the local mall and grocery store, so none of these will be issues for this truck.

I wonder if Ford learned how to make a real mid-travel rear leaf pack or are they still taking a leaf out and putting a rear block in to make up the height difference.

"
we all realize GM is in bad shape and will never match Ford
Posted by: Nitro | Oct 17, 2016 12:44:42 PM

Wrong like normal.

http://gmauthority.com/blog/2016/10/general-motors-september-2016-sales-figures-numbers-results-united-states/

http://fordauthority.com/2016/10/ford-motor-company-sales-numbers-figures-results-september-2016/

LOL even FCA is doing better.

http://fcauthority.com/2016/10/fca-fiat-chrysler-automobiles-september-2016-sales-numbers-results-figures-united-states/

Posted by: johnny doe | Oct 17, 2016 1:14:27 PM"

Toyota Motors is up 1.5%, while the big 3 are all negative.
http://corporatenews.pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota-lexus-september-2016-sales.htm

GT350 Engine?

Sure comers up images of a Chevy to me.

Twin turbo 5.0 V8?

This thing looks like something from the RC toy section of walmart.

http://www.autonews.com/article/20161017/OEM01/161019868/ford-to-suspend-f-150-compact-crossover-output-as-retail-demand-dips

Ford is in bad shape.

Posted by: johnny doe | Oct 17, 2016 6:42:59 PM

Oh my, how will Lionel and PDiddy process this information?

Look at those fender flares. It must be the new Titan in disguise!!

They sold twice more canyon compare to the raptor no big deal ,,,

No those tail lamps look different than the ones on the current higher spec F150s. It's quite odd that they are showing a refresh before the new Raptor is released.

Peep the URL below:
http://s3.amazonaws.com/carbayblog/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/19071425/2017-Ford-F-150-Raptor-Spy-Photos-108-876x535.jpg
Posted by: Liam | Oct 17, 2016 3:04:19 PM

Nope! Dave is correct. Those are the LED tail lights without Blind Spot protection. They are nothing new.

Feel free to build and price and educate yourself...

Without BLIS (Blind Spot Info System):
http://i.imgur.com/MvAbNTD.jpg

Its hiding carbon fiber tailgate and back half fenders. Saves 87lbs over the current aluminum construction just on the tailgate alone. Its the reason Ford chose to glue and rivet vs welding as you can bond advanced materials together for a superior bond and strength.

IMHO raptor should be the most capable f150 in all aspects. Heaviest hauler. best towing etc. it should be built to the hill for all of everything. should be able to plow snow. I think fords transmission is everything they need for the f250. put some turbo gas in a SD and I would be interested. I like the turbo power. I think in the HD truck with a 10 speed it will work good with just the small 3.5 all the gear reduction will enable it to not boost like crazy on acceleration.

"Its hiding carbon fiber tailgate and back half fenders. Saves 87lbs over the current aluminum construction just on the tailgate alone. Its the reason Ford chose to glue and rivet vs welding as you can bond advanced materials together for a superior bond and strength."
We have a winner. If this was just a little re-style on the rear of the truck, or a different tail light, they wouldn't build a whole truck with it. Something that saves a bunch of weight though, especially in the overhang portion of the truck is worth testing.
Hope they're shifting some under-hood weight back while they're at it- like the battery. Jamb a flat AGM under the back seat.

Oh my, how will Lionel and PDiddy process this information?


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Oct 17, 2016 7:38:14 PM

As a smart move for Ford. They have been predicting a slow down all year. So they are making sure they stay ahead of the down turn. If you look at the numbers Johnny doe posted GM is in the worst sales slump for the year. GM is 86,000 less cars and trucks for the year with the Silverado on a downward spiral. Forder has been able to sqeak out positive sales growth for the year but they know the market is heading down. So good for Ford for taking a forward approach to what may happen in the near future.

Ford making smart moves keeping tabs on inventory and adjusting as any good company should. All car/trucks sales slowing a bit. In a recent posted story, RAM is offering HUGE incentives to move their truck. Yet Ford shutting ONLY one of its two F150 plants for only a week, not the end of the world. As a recent story noted, by F150 "slowing production, this lets them avoid having to offer huge incentives. Smart move. Note in a story I read last week, although Ford had ~ 95 day F150 inventory, GM truck inventory was over ~ 120 days... What are they gonna do?

Ford has been able to sqeak out positive sales growth for the year Posted by: PDiddy | Oct 18, 2016 8:27:23 AM

With low profit rental and fleet sales, sale numbers are good, but Ford's profit is in the toilet. Ford is in bad shape.

https://corporate.ford.com/investors/reports-and-filings/quarterly-reports.html#/2016

https://www.gm.com/investors/earnings-releases.html#

Ford better get Obama on speed dial, bail out is coming soon for them.

http://www.autonews.com/article/20160731/OEM/308019949/ford-warning-jolts-the-industry

http://www.autonews.com/article/20160901/RETAIL01/309019992

Ford Motor Co. on Monday said it will shut down production of its best-selling F-150 pickup truck for a week at a Kansas City assembly plant, and temporarily idle three other plants over the next several weeks.

About 13,000 Ford hourly workers will be laid off during the temporary shutdowns. There are nearly 14,000 workers at the four plants, the company said. Some of them are salaried managers. Of the layoffs, about 4,000 will be in Mexico and about 9,000 in the United States. The cuts will hit Ford's three highest-volume models in the United States.

Ford is also suspending production of two crossovers, the Ford Escape and the Lincoln MKC, at its Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky for two of the next three weeks.

Ford said it also is temporarily shutting two plants in Mexico. One is a plant in Hermosillo that makes the Ford Fusion and the Lincoln MKZ sedans, and the other is in Cuautitlan that builds the Ford Fiesta small car.

Fiat Chrysler Will Bring 700 New Jobs to Detroit-Area Truck Plant.

http://fortune.com/2016/09/28/fiat-ram-truck-700-jobs/

Ford is gonna merge with GM. LOL.

With low profit rental and fleet sales, sale numbers are good, but Ford's profit is in the toilet. Ford is in bad shape.

https://corporate.ford.com/investors/reports-and-filings/quarterly-reports.html#/2016

https://www.gm.com/investors/earnings-releases.html#

Ford better get Obama on speed dial, bail out is coming soon for them.

http://www.autonews.com/article/20160731/OEM/308019949/ford-warning-jolts-the-industry

http://www.autonews.com/article/20160901/RETAIL01/309019992

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Posted by: johnny doe | Oct 18, 2016 10:41:59 AM
You obviously don't read your own links. For instantsome in your own link

Ford’s overall transaction prices grew by $1,100

My suggestion is to actually read what you link.

Note in a story I read last week, although Ford had ~ 95 day F150 inventory, GM truck inventory was over ~ 120 days...
Posted by: supercrew02 | Oct 18, 2016 10:29:20 AM

What story was it, got a link all I could find is this

"Silverado is running at 91 days’ supply, up 16%, while F-Series sits on a 93-day inventory, unchanged from the prior month."

http://wardsauto.com/industry/ram-s-september-surprise-could-ignite-truck-war?page=1


https://www.google.com/amp/www.fool.com/amp/investing/2016/10/09/fiat-chryslers-big-pickup-discounts-could-be-a-big.aspx?client=ms-android-att-us

More proof that Ford is likely on the right track. But is seems the fan girls don't know how to even read their own links.

PDiddy that's all you got? Did you not click on the quartly profits links. My suggestion is to actually read all the info I gave you.


Posted by: johnny doe | Oct 18, 2016 11:38:37 AM

Oh I did and I can see clearly how you get so confused. It is actually pretty easy to see.

Raptor is best truck ever.

This is a 2017 raptor heading out to a trail and getting stuck.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rncvsyo-B5Y

Anyone notice the tailpipe adaptors, there on, there off.

One pictures shows the pipes well past the bumper (stupid).
The next time there flush with the bumper, much better.

Its the reason Ford chose to glue and rivet vs welding as you can bond advanced materials together for a superior bond and strength.
Posted by: 3.5ecoboostgen2 | Oct 17, 2016 11:15:27 PM

Not impressive.

That's like bragging about how strongly you can bond paper mache to balsa wood. Sure the bond is strong but the material is too weak for the job. The "military grade" aluminum might joined together strong but until Ford either thickens the metal or uses a more durable alloy, it's way to easy to punch holes in it.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.fool.com/amp/investing/2016/10/09/fiat-chryslers-big-pickup-discounts-could-be-a-big.aspx?client=ms-android-att-us

More proof that Ford is likely on the right track. But is seems the fan girls don't know how to even read their own links.
Posted by: PDiddy | Oct 18, 2016 11:40:49 AM

There's a saying that goes something like "only fools believe the garbage on fool.com". It's nothing but spin designed to influence the hype for different stocks. They twist the information just enough to support a position.

The article tries to spell doom for GM without providing any information that they intend to jump off the cliff with FCA. Another point they conveniently side-stepped was that Ford had to put an average of $5,173 on the hood of their complete re-designed ultra-advanced military grade wonder truck. You can say that they were forced to because of the incentives GM and Ram were offering, but that shouldn't have mattered. Ford and their fans were expecting the truck to sell at a premium because it wouldn't rust, had the top towing and payload ratings, had a dozen exclusive tech features, and was supposedly supposed to have amazing fuel economy numbers. But that hasn't happened. Sales were stagnant and it wasn't 6 months before Ford started putting cash on the hood of their brand new truck. They're competing against GM's moderately updated version of their 07-13 pickup and FCA's ancient Ram 1500.

The last thing Ford wanted to do was cut production for a week at a plant they spent $1.1 BILLION dollars to re-tool for the new truck. Not only is the plant not generating an income all week, Ford is still forced to pay their workers a large percentage of their wages due to the union contract. It's smart to control inventory, but it certainly isn't helping Ford's financial health in the face of several huge recalls, federal investigations into unsafe vehicles, and a 8.1% sales decline in September (or the 8.4% decline in August, the 2.4% decline in July...). I just read that the Mustang dropped 32% in sales vs a year ago. OUCH

Rumor says ecoboost 5.0L v-8

Please let there be a proper V8.

Do not buy the Ecoboost! Let them learn their lesson. If you buy it, your buddies will snicker behind your back when you are showing it to them. Bad looking truck with the sound of a minivan=shame.



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