Ford wants you to know that the 2017 Raptor isn’t a slouch. Some people have been concerned about the changes going into effect, like somehow the truck has gone soft. The new promo video below should put those sorts of fears to rest, at least a little.
Gone is the burly V-8, but the 3.5-liter EcoBoost is more powerful. But paired with a lighter and stronger construction, it’s a desert rocket.
To be fair, the new truck is more refined than the old beast. I guess you could call that “softening it up.” The fact is owners still drive the Raptor to Costco and the movies, so they don’t always want to be wrangling some unruly vehicle. At the same time, they want a weekend warrior that’s a blast to drive over sand dunes, or smacking deer and squirrels in the forest.