The new generation of the world’s best-selling pickup truck is here and now, we are eagerly waiting to see how its most capable version will look like. The 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor has been caught on the road and it looks like it could hit the market by the end of the year. At this point, we can see a bit of camouflage, but also a plethora of disposed parts.
However, the thing that’s more important at the moment is what we’ve heard. The test mule came with some serious noise, which clearly indicates that rumors about the V8 version were true. This will make the truck much faster and should put the new Raptor on par with the TRX, in terms of power and capabilities. However, this engine will be reserved for more expensive variants, while the standard model will probably continue with a familiar twin-turbo V6.
2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor will follow the path of the standard model, which came all-new for this year. That redesign was nice but didn’t include any radical changes. It’s rather an evolution of the previous generation. Most of the mechanics, as well as the chassis design have remained the same, while the styling changes were not particularly big either.
Therefore, we don’t expect that things could be any different in the case of Raptor. Visually, we will see a truck based on F-150’s design language, but also a familiar package of Raptor’s exclusive styling details, such as unique grille design, higher ground clearance, exclusive wheels with off-road tires etc. Of course, upgrades under the skin will be far more important. We are talking about things like standard 4WD system, rear locking differential, skid plates etc. These things can be found in the current model, so the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor could easily come with a few more things.
One of the most important upgrades for the next year could be the rear suspension. So far, this truck has been using good-old leaf springs. However, the new Ram Rebel TRX has completely changed the game with a more refined setup. So, it looks like everyone expects to see the new Raptor with coil springs or something like that on the rear axle.
Once again, the standard model will serve as a basis. The recent redesign has brought a lot of changes on the inside and the new cabin looks better in every aspect. Therefore, we are pretty sure that the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor interior won’t be much different, though there is always room for a couple of exclusive details. Of course, we are thinking of things like unique upholstery and color schemes, “Raptor” badges and an exclusive list of standard features. Things like power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery, a heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a surround-view parking camera system etc. were available in the previous model, and some of them could easily become standard.
2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Engine
Without any doubt, the biggest novelty for the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor will be the introduction of the new V8 version. Even though we are still waiting to hear details from the officials, we are pretty sure it will be a 5.2-liter Supercharged V8, the same one that can be found in the Shelby GT 500. It the famous pony car, it puts out around 760 horsepower but we presume the max output would be slightly lower in this case. Still, we have no doubt it will go over 700 hp, as the goal is to beat TRX’s performances.
This engine will power the hi-performance version called Raptor R. On the other side, the standard Raptor will use a familiar 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, which puts out around 450 horsepower. Of course, both engines will come in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
How About Hybrid Powertrain?
Another rumor we can hear these days is about the hybrid version. Of course, the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor would use the same hybrid powertrain as the standard model, which is based on the same 3.5-liter V6. The total output goes around 430 horsepower and in a combination with a massive max torque of 570 pound-feet, it should provide respectable performances as well, with improvements in terms of fuel economy.
Standard F-150 models with this setup can sprint from zero to sixty in about 5.5 seconds, so we don’t expect that the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor could be much different.
2022 Ford F-150 Raptor Release Date and Price
We expect to see the 2022 Ford F-150 Raptor sometime late in the year. Standard models should go around 55.000 dollars. Details about the V8 version are still unavailable.