ford's recently announced updates to the 2019 f-150 raptor include several things that should make the raptor even more impressive once the pavement ends. the most significant update is the switch to new fox racing shox real-time adaptive shock absorbers.
using live valve technology, the shock absorbers use the raptor's terrain management system and real-time information to adjust compression rates and improve the raptor's ride. for example, if it detects that the raptor is in mid-air — not especially unlikely — it fully stiffens the shock absorber to reduce the risk of bottoming out on landing. it won't, however, suddenly play a waylon jennings voiceover wondering how you're gonna get out of this pickle.
the raptor also adds a low-speed off-road cruise control called trail control. similar to toyota's crawl control, the system modulates power and braking automatically so the driver can focus on steering.
there won't be any major exterior cosmetic changes, but a new wheel design and rear graphics join three new paint colors: ford performance blue, velocity blue and agate black. the interior adds raptor-specific recaro performance seats with inserts and stitching inspired by ford's gt supercar.
the new 2019 ford f-150 raptor goes on sale in late 2018; hopefully you can catch us blasting through the desert with it before then.
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