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Ford Raptor: The 2019 Edition Is Smarter Than Ever

We have been able to see the evolution of the Ford Raptor before our eyes. From the first time the Raptor was introduced to the announcement of the second-generation, it has been one vehicle that has captured the hearts of the off-road community. Ford just announced the 2019 Raptor and it once again takes a step in the right direction with even more options and upgrades to make this one of the smartest vehicles on the road and dirt.

“Raptor’s success is rooted in its incredible suspension, superb vehicle control and the confidence the truck instills in its owners,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “Upgrades to the 2019 F-150 Raptor have improved all three to new levels that the competition will have to benchmark – again.”

The 2019 Raptor features electronically controlled Fox shocks, new Trail Control, and all-new Recaro sport seats. Ford Performance worked directly with Fox to develop all-new electronically controlled Live Valve technology for the new platform that continuously adjusts damping in real-time.

“By automatically varying compression rates, Raptor can now make the most of its suspension travel of 13 inches at the front and 13.9 inches at the rear,” said Salenbauch. “The 2019 Raptor is not just more capable off-road. It’s smarter.”

The Live Valve technology found in the Raptor can also be found in the Polaris RZRs with the Dynamix system. “Not many trucks need sensors to detect when you are mid-air,” Salenbauch continued. “Raptor sets the dampers to full stiffness to help smooth shock performance as the truck lands.”

The Trail Control system is like cruise control for low-speed, rugged terrain. It automatically adjusts to send power and braking to each individual wheel to allow drivers to focus on steering along the trail. Trail Control can be activated at speeds from 1 mph up to 20 mph depending on driveline position.

Raptor drivers now have enhanced seats to help keep them firmly in place for improved confidence at low and high speeds. All-new Recaro sport seats provide support with bolstering in the seat back and cushion. This available seat design features blue Alcantara inserts and accent stitching inspired by the Light Speed-colored interior of the Ford GT supercar.

Raptor’s aggressive exterior gets even more intense for 2019 with new colors including Ford Performance Blue, Velocity Blue, and Agate Black. An enhanced rear appliqué and available newly designed beadlock-capable wheels round out the new look.

Are you impressed with the upgrades to the 2019 Ford Raptor or are you still wishing it came with a V8? Tell us in the comments below!

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