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2017 Raptor get’s Advanced 4WD/AWD System

Monday, February 16th 2015. | 2017 Ford F-150, Ford F-150 Raptor

The 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor, won’t just benefit from the weight savings in the aluminum body, the power of the next generation of EcoBoost or its 10 speed automatic transmission. It will also have a first-of-its-kind advanced 4WD/AWD system, it combines the benefits of both systems into one. An AWD system uses a system of clutches to direct power to the appropriate wheels for better traction, while a mechanical/4WD system uses a transfer case to transfer power to the front wheels, it’s more of an all-or-nothing approach.

2017 F-150 Ford Raptor in Mountains

2017 F-150 Ford Raptor in Mountains

The system on the Raptor is different, for on-road duties the truck will use more of an AWD-type system transferring power to all 4 wheels when necessary. But when the truck leaves the road it goes into a mechanical mode, giving you permanent power to all 4 wheels. According to Ford this is the first system of its kind. Either way, I think it will be an awesome new addition to their off-road truck!

2017 F150 Raptor at Detroit Auto Show

2017 F150 Raptor at Detroit Auto Show

A system like this will make the truck much more civilized on-road, while retaining the capabilities of a 4WD system off-road. The benefit of AWD on-road is the fact that power isn’t “forced” to any wheel, it goes to the wheels that need it, on pavement this is desirable, the truck will be more maneuverable when you aren’t fighting a mechanically-locked-in system. But, when one is off-road the 4WD system is desirable, since on those surfaces you always want power going to all 4 wheels, you want that mechanically locked in. You won’t be fighting that aspect since you’ll be on a looser surface, where your tires will have some give.

2017 F-150 Ford Raptor Playing in the Dirt

2017 F-150 Ford Raptor Playing in the Dirt

The system will only weigh marginally more and the 2017 Raptor can handle a bit of extra weight, Ford tells us that overall weight has been reduced by 500 pounds compared to the 1st gen Raptor. Ford says that the AWD system for on-road duties is actually a necessity as the Raptor, due to its lower weight and higher power, has a tendency to spin its tires a bit too easily.

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