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2017 Ford RAPTOR Preview Near Waukegan, IL

We at Gillespie Ford are pleased to bring you the 2017 Ford RAPTOR preview near Waukegan, IL. Years prior, the Raptor was known as one of the Ford pickup lineup’s stalwarts, and it is set to make its much anticipated return for the next model year. The familiar capability you would expect is there, and the new version offers up a host of compelling upgrades.

2017 Ford RAPTOR Updates

The Raptor is set to come with the automaker’s new 10-speed automatic transmission, which will lend well towards both on- and off-road capability. The 4-wheel drive system will have an updated transfer case to make it easier to navigate tough terrain, as its steering wheel-based controls allow you to adjust on the fly regardless of the situation. Of note is that the suspension is upgraded as well. Reading this 2017 Ford RAPTOR preview near Waukegan, IL, will also tell you that the centerpiece of the drivetrain is a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 that comes with twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection. Output is higher than the formerly standard V8, with figures expected to be in the 450 horsepower and 450 lb.-ft. of torque range. EPA fuel economy figures look to be 15/21 MPG city/hwy1.


Familiar 2017 Ford RAPTOR near Waukegan, IL

In addition to the revised off-road enhancements, the Raptor will have much of the same comfort, convenience and technology features that are familiar. Highlights look to include new generation all-terrain BFGoodrich tires, fixed aluminum running boards, front/rear tow hooks, high-performance suspension components, an auxiliary equipment switch panel, and special interior trim and upholstery. The staff at Gillespie Ford is also proud to mention the smoother ride in the 2017 Ford RAPTOR. While the Raptor has always offered a smooth ride, next year’s version will have an even more composed demeanor on pavement. Safety equipment will include four-wheel antilock disc brakes, stability control, trailer sway control, front-seat side and full-length side curtain airbags. Other standard protections include an engine immobilizer, a rear center 3-point belt (SuperCrew is new for the ’17 Raptor), a tire pressure monitoring system, a remote anti-theft alarm system, and dusk-sensing headlamps.

If you would like to learn more about the Raptor and its release date, feel free to call us at 847-281-5507, or stop by at any time during our convenient business hours. We at Gillespie Ford are located in Gurnee, IL, and are here from Monday through Saturday. We look forward to earning your Ford truck business.


1 Actual milage may vary.