It has been a busy year for Ford Trucks with the recent launch of the all-new aluminum-intensive F-150 but it's about to get chaotic. Today at the 2015 North American International Auto Show, the Blue Oval pulled the wraps off of the 2017 Ford Raptor with fans of the high-performance off-roader breathing a collective sigh of relief. When the all-new 2015 Ford F-150 was introduced without any signs of a new Raptor, enthusiasts were in a panic. However, we soon discovered that Ford was actually working on the next generation Raptor and it would go through a similar weight loss program like the 2015 F-150. 

The 2017 Ford Raptor is equipped with a second-generation of the automaker's popular 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine and while no numbers were attached to it, we expect this new engine to have an equal (or better) output. As for the 6.2-liter that was responsible for motivating the previous generation, Ford has put that option to pasture on the Raptor as the V6 will be the only engine available. Unlike the 2015 F-150, the 2017 Raptor will rely on an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission to row through the gears. The latest Raptor is six-inches wider than the regular F-150 and the extra girth provides additional stability when going off-road.  

Military-grade Aluminum

Then there's the weight loss, and the 2017 Ford Raptor has shed 700 pounds over its predecessor through the widespread usage of aluminum. Like the 2015 F-150, the 2017 Raptor features an aluminum construction that utilizes a high-strength steel frame and a high-strength aluminum alloy body. The new steel frame should hold up better when speeding through the desert than the one it's replacing but that still doesn't mean you should launch it off a high jump. 

A pricing announcement and on-sale date are expected to be made later this year. Production of the 2017 Ford Raptor will be at the automaker's Dearborn truck facility alongside the F-150.  

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