It’s been revealed for over a year now, but Ford is still trickling out details of the beastly 2017 F-150 Raptor. This week, the company has detailed the Raptor’s terrain management system, which includes six drive modes for just about any kind of driving condition.
The drive modes consist of normal, sport, weather, mud/sand, Baja and rock crawl. As one would expect, all six are fairly self explanatory. The various modes actually change a number of factors on the Raptor, including throttle response, steering feel, transmission mapping and AdvanceTrac settings. Each drive mode also automatically engages the four-wheel drive system, if applicable. Ford’s description of each mode is found below.
For everyday on-road driving duties, normal mode is a perfect balance of excitement, comfort and convenience.
Mountain passes are no longer just for Mustang, thanks to Raptor sport mode. For spirited on-road driving, sport mode increases throttle response and provides a sportier steering feel – along with quicker shifting. The transmission holds gears longer to keep you in the power band.
When road conditions are less than ideal, weather mode inspires confidence without compromising driving pleasure. Snow/wet mode automatically engages 4 Auto. AdvanceTrac, throttle response and the shift schedule are optimized for greater confidence in slippery conditions.
For tackling trails and other off-road treks, the mud/sand setting is your best friend. 4 High and the electronic locking differential automatically engage for driving over loose or soft ground, and optimized AdvanceTrac settings help Raptor keep its footing. Steering is set to comfort, which makes it easier to navigate along tight trails and over obstacles.
Baja mode is where Raptor eclipses the competition. Designed for high-speed desert running, Baja mode places the vehicle in 4 High, AdvanceTrac is programmed to the least intrusive settings, and the throttle map is adjusted for more linear power and improved engine response to give the hardcore off-road driver greater control. The transmission has quicker shifts and holds gears longer – keeping the vehicle in its power band.
This setting is for intense off-road driving and rock climbing at low speeds. Rock crawl prompts the driver to place the vehicle in 4 Low, the electronic locking differential is automatically engaged and AdvanceTrac is set to the least intrusive settings for optimum rock-climbing ability. Throttle modulation and transmission response are optimized for greater control. Additionally, the front camera allows the driver to see what’s right in front of the truck, and it can be kept on at speeds up to 15 mph.
Additionally, Ford is still allowing drivers to manually control both traction control and stability control on the Raptor. The traction control can be turned off while leaving stability control turn on, or if you’re feeling really gutsy, both systems can be disabled entirely.
The 2017 Raptor will be powered by Ford’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 with a power output hovering 450 horsepower. That power will funnel through a new 10-speed automatic transmission when the truck goes on sale later this year.