There will actually be a Ford F-150 Raptor 2021, according to Dawn McKenzie, responsible for truck communications at Ford. This goes against a recent report by Muscle Cars & Trucks saying that Ford has claimed that its performance pickup would not be part of the 2021 model year lineup.
“There will be a brand new Raptor 2021 F-150. We will have more details to share on Raptor at a later date,” McKenzie told Motor1.com. We also tried to get more information. “Nothing more to share than we will be sharing more details at a later date,” said McKenzie.
Confirmation of a Raptor 2021 F-150 corresponds to information from a disclosed VIN decoder that shows the performance model in the lineup for the new model year. He lists the nastiest version of the truck as being only available with a four-door SuperCrew body. The SuperCab with its hinged doors seems to be moving away.
We do not yet have spy photos of the development of the new Raptor, but the rendering above shows our best estimate of its appearance. The pickup almost certainly shares the general style with the 2021 F-150, like the revised front with LED traffic lights on two edges of the headlights.
For the Raptor, look for Ford designers to give the truck rugged parts like visible skid plates and fender flares. A revised hood and different wheels also seem likely.
The Raptor would benefit from the high-tech interior of the new F-150. The truck is available with a 12.0-inch infotainment screen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Support for live updates means that the business can add even more functionality during the life of the pickup.
A big mystery about the new Raptor is its powertrain because the VIN decoder makes no mention of the current 3.5-liter V6 twin turbocharger model with 450 horsepower (336 kilowatts). Some sort of EcoBoost powertrain seems to be a safe assumption, as Ford would like to show off its leading powertrain technology.