The new 2019 F-150 is out. The new version brings a lot of fresh stuff. Probably, the most noteworthy is a diesel engine. However, the company is still waiting for the green light by EPA. Well, tests are taking more time after the VW scandal. But, Ford wouldn’t launch diesel if they are not sure about it. It is just a matter of time when the new engine will debut. Meanwhile, the US carmaker is preparing surprises for 2020 F-150 Raptor.
The arrival of a diesel engine already wormed up rumors about the Raptor model with this drivetrain. It has sense since the powertrain boosts off-road capabilities. But, the most recent stories are announcing possible u-turn. Ford could opt for a large petrol engine. We expect the 2020 F-150 Raptor to come with a 7.0-liter V8 DOHC engine. For a while, experts are saying the US company is developing such a unit. Soon, it could debut, and one of the stars to carry this mill is Raptor truck.
Raptor 7.0-liter V8 DOHC Engine Specs
A 7.0 V8 engine is not just a rumor anymore. Few chiefs gave hints about the upcoming arrival. We can hear that DOHC petrol drivetrain is going to deliver more power than the existing high-output 3.5-liter V6. Just for note, current Raptor is putting out 450 horses and 510 pound-feet of torque. The 2020 F-150 Raptor with a 7.0-l V8 DOHC unit could go up to 500 hp. Finally, the mill is going to be more efficient than the existing one. Well, a twin-turbo V6 is not so fuel-friendly with 16 mpg combined.
Everything else but a 10-speed automatic transmission would be a surprise for 2020 F-150 Raptor. So many gears sound too much. But, not so fast. The new gearbox will be very similar to the CVT transfer case. First of all, a 10-speed transmission is very efficient. It doesn’t keep fixed gear ratios. Floating allows the transmission to keep the ratio at the ideal rpm and speed. This is especially important for acceleration.
We expect to see the all-wheel drive for 2020 F-150 Raptor, as well as the “Torque-On-Demand” system. What’s more, the company will definitely add more drive modes and features to make off-road adventures easier. Torque-on-demand will distribute energy to axles as much as front or rear one needs.
2020 F-150 Raptor Diesel
Besides a petrol engine, we believe the possibility is high to see the 2020 F-150 Raptor diesel. Well, rumors about the 7.0-liter DOHC unit are definitely giving new options. It is not impossible to see both engines as part of the lineup. With pros and cons of both petrol and diesel powertrains, it will be hard to decide which one to pick.
But, to make you easier to see what are the options, specs of the Powerstroke 3.0-liter V6 unit are saying that buyers can count on 250 hp and 440 lb-ft of torque. EPA needs to confirm these numbers. Also, fuel economy will go over 30 miles per gallon. The transmission for this drivetrain will probably be with fewer gear ratios, so a 10-speed auto gearbox is not so likely to be combined with a diesel engine.
2020 Ford F-150 Raptor Hybrid Concept
The last possibility for the new 2020 F-150 Raptor is to get a hybrid engine. Well, this one is not so likely to happen. But, for a while, we can hear rumors about the full-size hybrid truck. Raptor version with this powertrain is another level of speculations. But, these are not settling down, so there might be something cooking in Ford’s engineering rooms.
The 2020 F-150 Raptor Hybrid would definitely kill some off-road features. On the other hand, the truck would deliver much better fuel economy. Furthermore, the US company needs to make a lot of other changes to pull this out.
2020 F-150 Raptor Features
The 2020 F-150 Raptor will further improve its off-road capabilities. First of all, the truck is going to be lighter, no matter which engine it gets. However, Raptor is not losing the strength thanks to modern military materials and parts. Furthermore, there are features such as Trail Control to make off-road adventures even more fun. Finally, the 2020 Ford F-150 Raptor is getting a Terrain Management System for easier overcome of various conditions.
2020 F-150 Raptor Release Date and Price
Both price and debut are depending on all abovementioned engines. When powertrain options are ready, we will see the new 2020 F-150 Raptor out. The most likely option is diesel, which is already tested by EPA. When it enters dealerships for the base truck, the Raptor version will tune it as well for its needs. A DOHC 7.0-liter needs an official confirmation. But, whenever Ford confirms it, be sure that F-150 Raptor is one of the first vehicles to use it. Hybrid is unlikely to happen so soon, especially since there are no details about development.
Also, this would be the most expensive version. Currently, Raptor costs $50k. With a diesel engine, the 2020 F-150 Raptor could cost even cheaper. On the other hand, a new petrol unit will definitely raise the cost of the truck.