2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Arrival Confirmed

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With Ford taking the covers off of the all-new 2021 F-150 pickup truck, we were all left wondering about the brand’s high-performance, off-roading variant, the F-150 Raptor. Despite not mentioning the Raptor name at all during the new reveal of the F-150, reports now indicate that a new performance version of the pickup wearing the Raptor badge will be available for the 2021 model year.

Motor1, citing Down McKenzie, Ford’s manager of truck communications, confirmed the arrival of the 2021 F-150 Raptor. “There will be an all-new 2021 F-150 Raptor,” said McKenzie. “We’ll have more details to share about Raptor at a later date. Nothing more to share other than we’ll share more details at a later date.”

Since Ford didn’t provide any information on a new F-150 Raptor during the pickup truck’s reveal, we weren’t expecting it to arrive so soon. We thought it would possibly come out a year after the 2021 F-150 in a staggered plan. That’s what Ford did with both of the previous generations of the F-150 Raptor.

Ford F-150 Raptor

Not a lot of information is known about the upcoming F-150 Raptor. Just like the previous generations of the pickup, we expect Ford to offer a high-performance engine under the hood, a plethora of off-roading parts, and a more rugged exterior design. For reference, the current F-150 Raptor utilizes a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that makes 450 horsepower. A locking rear differential, Fox racing shocks, long-travel suspension, rugged all-terrain tires, and a six-model trail management system are all included with the F-150 Raptor. Ford’s Trail Control system, which acts as an off-roading cruise control system, is also standard.

While Ford claims the 2021 F-150 is all new, the exterior design hasn’t changed all that much. So, the F-150 Raptors exterior design shouldn’t look all that radical from the current model’s. What should change drastically is the cabin, which can now be fitted with a 12-inch infotainment screen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. With so much technology to play with and over-the-air updates, we expect Ford to bring out some cool off-roading displays, graphics, or features with the upcoming F-150 Raptor. We also expect to see some nifty things from the new F-150’s reconfigurable cabin make it to the high-performance version.

A big mystery for the F-150 Raptor is what Ford will use for power. Ford introduced a new hybrid powertrain with the 2021 model year that pairs the current truck’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine to be the only full hybrid pickup on the market. Ram’s current eTorque system on the 1500 is a mild-hybrid system. If Ford managed to stuff a high-performance version of the hybrid powertrain into the F-150 Raptor, the gobs of torque could be helpful when off-roading.

With the new F-150 set to go on sale later this fall, we expect the F-150 Raptor to follow shortly after. Whatever Ford decides to do with the F-150 Raptor, the automaker will actually have a competitor in the full-size, high-performance pickup segment, as Ram is rumored to introduce the TRX with around 707 horsepower before the end of the year.

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Pictured: 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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