The new generation of the world’s best-selling pickup is here and just like it was expected, the redesign hasn’t brought anything revolutionary. Instead, we saw an evolution of the previous generation, which was the one to come with significant changes. So, most enthusiasts are actually more interested in what’s about to happen in the second production year, which is the time when we are about to see the new 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor. The high-performance off-roader is about to come with all kinds of upgrades over the standard model but the thing that’s the most interesting by far is the expected V8 version.
All in all, you may count on familiar design characteristics. This version will come with significant upgrades, especially in terms of mechanics. You may count on significantly better off-road performance, but also on a new styling that includes all kinds of exclusive details. We expect to see it sometime in the second half of the year.
2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Redesign
When it comes to the overall design approach, we have no doubt that the new 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor will stick with the same approach that characterized the previous generation. So, the overall design would be heavily based on the standard model, based on the same platform that utilizes mostly lightweight materials like HSS and aluminum. On the other side, we would see all kinds of upgrades, particularly in terms of off-road hardware. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is standard four-wheel drive, while we also count on locking differentials, two-speed transfer case, skid plates and, most importantly, off-road race suspension. This means new performance dampers, with longer travel and higher ground clearance.
Besides numerous mechanical upgrades, we also expect to see a 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor with a plethora of unique styling details. Of course, the overall appearance will be based on the new generation. This means a completely new design language, with a completely different front face.
On the other side, exclusive styling details should be pretty similar to the previous version. We count on a completely different front face, with the familiar black grill that includes massive “Ford” lettering on it, instead of the traditional blue-oval badge. Other than that, we expect to see things like exclusive wheels, with massive off-road tires. Furthermore, we count on unique bumpers, unique tailgates, graphics etc.
The overall shape, though, will remain the same. We expect that this version will come exclusively in the crew cab style, with a short bed.
Of course, the new 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor will implement all the goodies that came with the recent redesign. This means a notably improved design compared to the previous generation. You may count on a nicer dashboard design, finer materials and better overall build quality. Also, there is a bunch of new tech features, including the new infotainment system with a massive touchscreen at the center stack. As we’ve just mentioned, this model should be offered in a crew cab layout only.
When it comes to exclusive details, we count on unique leather upholstery, as well as on several “Raptor” badges around the cabin. The list of standard equipment should be pretty long, with goodies like power-adjustable seats, heated and ventilated seats, heated steering wheel, premium audio system, adaptive cruise control and many more.
2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Engine
When it comes to certain things, we know for sure that the standard Raptor will continue with the same engine under the hood. That would be a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6, which puts out around 450 horsepower and comes in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission. With such an amount of power, you may count on nothing but excellent dynamics and overall performance. Even the fuel economy is pretty decent, given the amount of power. The previous model was good for about 17 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. So, we don’t expect that things could change too much in the new model.
Besides the standard models, we are also hearing reports about the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor R. This version would come to compete with the Ram Rebel TRX. So, the focus would be on putting more power, which means a bigger engine under the hood. Most experts believe that would be a 5.2-liter Supercharged V8 from Shelby GT500, which puts out around 760 horsepower. For this occasion, the engine would probably be tuned down for a bit.
2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor sometime in the second half of the year. When it comes to the price, we presume the new model will be available for about 55.000 dollars.