Ford updates the Raptor for 2012
If we want to own a truck, it is undoubtedly the Ford Raptor. It exudes a cool atmosphere in appearance, and also has impressive features. Although Toyota is trying to rekindle interest in the sales of the new Tacoma Baja Edition, the competition still hasn't really competed with it. When it debuted, it was offered as a standard cab, but Ford has since expanded the availability of the Raptor to Super Crew four-door models. Ford said that the four-door model has a pricing rate of 80%, which will help substantially increase sales. In 2012, we announced some changes and further adjusted the suite.
The biggest addition is a new Torsen front differential with a helical gear set. The changes are aimed at improving the Raptor’s performance while rock climbing. The system increases front grip, forcing torque from the wheel that is losing traction to the one with traction. It has a torque bias ratio of 2:5:1.
Exterior changes include a new color called Race Red, the addition of body-side Raptor graphics and a new “Euroflange” wheel design. In the interior a matte anodized-blue interior color accent package will feature, except when the exterior color is Race Red. When you opt for that color, you get aluminum trim and accent leather on the front seats, rear seats, center stack and door panels. We’d imagine that means it will cost more than standard colors. The luxury package also gains cooled seats for 2012..
The feature that will delight gadget freaks and off-road enthusiasts alike is the addition of a new off-road front camera system. It is placed in the front grille and relays video feedback to the Raptor’s 8-inch navigation screen when at speeds under 15 mph. It will prove useful when off-roading by being able to see what is directly in front of you.
“It’s a surprise and delight feature that works during low-speed crawling, and it’s particularly useful for seeing in front of the vehicle when tackling large inclines,” said Jamal Hameedi, Ford SVT chief engineer. “We found the system particularly useful for avoiding large rocks or placing a tire on a rock. It can even take the place of the spotter at times, which is a great feature when the truck is in one foot of mud.”
It includes dynamic and static overlays on the screen to help the driver determine where the wheel will go. It even includes a cleaning system that is activated from the inside to ensure that it provides a clear view. Ford said that this is an exclusive patent and patent pending function.
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