The styling updates to the new 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor are minimal. The C shaped headlamps are there and the grille gets huge Ford logo with a honeycomb mesh design. There are so many pickup trucks in the market but when it comes to durability and off-road prowess, few can match the Ford F-150 Raptor. Since its inception, the model has sold in good numbers.
2018 Ford F-150 Raptor – Design and Safety Features
The back side is a little different where the Ford and Raptor logo is embossed. Its visual oomph is enhanced by 17-inch glossy aluminum wheels and Quad Beam LED Headlamps. It is sold in a few exciting exterior hues.
The cabin is practically designed but it does not look cheap either. The Ford has wisely used Black carpet flooring along with rubber floor mats. It is sold in three body styles- regular cab, crew cab and super cab. There are enough places to store small items and tall passengers will not complain about leg room.
Safety and Entertainment
The Ford has updated the safety and entertainment features across the entire F-150 lineup for 2018. So, the 2018 Raptor also gets its share. Some features like 2-zone Automatic Temperature Control has been kept optional. You get SiriusXM Satellite Radio as standard and Sync 3 infotainment setup too.
However, the audiophiles have to shell out extra money to get a B&O PLAY Audio System.
Standard safety features include Rear-View Camera, Roll Stability Control, Anti-Lock Brakes, Tire Pressure Monitoring System, SOS Post-Crash Alert, Remote Keyless Entry and oodles of airbags. Optional safety features include Blind Spot Information System, Adaptive cruise control, Rain-sensing wipers, Pre-collision assist and 360-Degree Camera setup.
There are plenty of customizations and add-ons for the 2018 Raptor. For example, you can opt for Drop-In Bedliner, LED Box Lighting, Spray-In Bedliner, Remote Tailgate Release, Twin panel Moonroof, heated seats, Voice-activated Navigation etc. With the optional Ford MyPass phone app you can start the truck from a distance and control some of its features.
Engine Performance of the 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor
The 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor carries on with the same powertrain used in the 2017 model and this is actually good-given the prowess of the engine. So the 3.5L V6 EcoBoost engine makes a massive 450 HP. It is clubbed with a 10-speed automatic transmission gearbox.
The engine is also laden with Auto Start/Stop technology. This trim gets the Trailer Tow Package as standard. There are quite a few drive modes to pick from. The truck also offers good ride quality in city driving.
2018 Ford F-150 Raptor – Price and Availability
The base price of 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor is $50,000 approx. It is now available for sale.
Summing it up
The 2018 Ford F-150 Raptor is a powerful off-road ready truck that offers solid performance. The engine packs enough punch and included features are enough to keep most buyers happy.
The Ford also packs in enough customization options including some entertainment features. It copes with rivals like Toyota Tacoma with aplomb.