Ford’s not just killing the car these days, it’s also making the Raptor better. The high-speed off-roader gets several tweaks for the 2019 model year, but so far Ford won’t say anything about a price increase, which probably means the truck’s MSRP is about to bloat.
The big upgrade for the 2019 Ford Raptor is new FOX 3.0 Internal Bypass shocks. They use Live Valve tech that adapts to the terrain instantly, which of course means better performance and comfort. This damping setup uses sensors in the truck’s chassis and suspension to detect what’s going on. It can even tell when the pickup is completely in the air, something you can see demonstrated in plenty of foolish YouTube videos. When you jump the new Raptor, it will dial up the damping stiffness all the way.
Another upgrade is the new Trail Control system. It works like cruise control, but maintains a speed of 1 to 20 mph and is for off-roading. Toyota has a similar tech, which frees up the driver to concentrate on maneuvering over and around obstacles.
Finally, the Raptor gains new Recaro seats for 2019. They’re optional, but feature bigger bolsters for the seatback and bottom cushions. Blue Alcantara inserts and accent stitching are similar to the Light Speed interior color in the new Ford GT.
Speaking of colors, Ford also is adding Velocity Blue, Ford Performance Blue, and Agate Black to the paint options for 2019.