The 2021 Ford F-150 has been revealed with tons of new features, but here at TFLOffroad, we leafed through all the information right away looking for hints of the Raptor.
We came up disappointed, so we pointed the question at Ford executives, who gave us a vague, yet hopeful answer.
The Raptor will be coming back, but sadly, Ford wouldn’t offer when we might actually see the updated truck. That’s as much as Ford was willing to offer, but at least we can confirm that the high-speed halo off-road machine will still be roaming deserts near you soon enough.
Now, the upgrades it will have are unknown, but we’re making a wild guess that the Raptor could use the new Powerboost hybrid system that debuted with the 2021 F-150. Pairing the 3.5-liter Ecoboost twin-turbo V6 to an electric motor and battery pack promises to offer tons of power, with Ford promising “best-in-class” horsepower and torque. That puts it above the 450 hp currently offered by the Raptor, and we know that the electric torque would feel incredible. The downsides of course are weight and complexity. We will have to wait and see if a Raptor hybrid happens.
Other features on the new F-150 include Pro Power onboard, an inverter that allows you to power your tools, toys and anything else with a plug. On the hybrid, 2.4 kilowatts of power will be accessible standard through two plugs in the bed, while an optional 7.4 kilowatt system can be had, offering four plugs and a 240v plug.
The rest of the F-150’s powertrains remain the same save for two changes: the 3.3-liter V6 now gets a 10-speed automatic transmission and the 5.0-liter V8 receives cylinder deactivation.
A new clever tailgate houses tie-downs and c-clamp pockets, while a fold flat work station on the inside makes a great place for your laptop.
To see all of these features for yourself, make sure you watch the video above.