Cleveland Auto Show: Ford debuts upgrades to F-150 Raptor

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CLEVELAND  -If you're planning a trip through the wilderness and you're looking for a truck to get you there, Ford's F-150 Raptor is your ride. The truck was introduced last year but the 2017 version has been upgraded and is on display now at the Cleveland Auto Show at the IX-Center.

The all-new Raptor, is the strongest in the F-150 line-up.

"When you see it coming, you know it's a Raptor," said Roger Clayton of Lodi.

The truck is designed to be a high-performance vehicle that is tougher, smarter and more agile than any other truck on the road. It's built with the military grade aluminum that Ford has become known for.

"Not only does it make it far tougher, but it saves 500 pounds in weight over its predecessors," said Michael Herrick, Executive Vice President of Liberty Auto Group.

"It's a little different, distinctive, nice looking truck," added Pete Havris of Amherst.

The 2017 Raptor SuperCrew has four proper doors making it more roomier for passengers and gear.

"As a new father I judge everything by if I can get a car seat in it, this is the first Raptor where you can get a car seat in the backseat," Herrick said.

What's different about the Ford Raptor is the Eco-Boost engine, it is a second-generation 3.5L, it produces more power, gives you greater efficiency and most importantly, it's produced right across the street in Brookpark.

"This is going to give you far more horsepower and far more torque than the previous V8 while being more fuel-efficient at the same time," said Herrick.

Ford recently announced new technology that minimizes frustration when pulling a trailer. It's called Pro Trailer Backup Assist and it's available on the Raptor.

"Between the camera system and the back-up radar it really makes hooking up to anything a no-brainer," Herrick said. "You don't need the five-guys in the back directing you."

The new and improved 2017 F-150 Raptors will go on sale in the U.S. this fall.

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