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2019 Ford Raptor Makes Off-Roading Easy As Pie

Thanks to a new off-road cruise control system.

Shoppers interested in the 2019 Ford Raptor will be treated to a new feature when it arrives in showrooms later this year.

Ford has just announced the addition of Trail Control to the Raptor's already impressive repertoire of off-road features. It’s basically cruise control for off-roading, and it sounds awfully similar to Land Rover’s Off-Road Progress Control, which has been available for several years now.

According to the company, the system will manage throttle and braking when you’re well off the beaten path in order to allow you to focus on steering and precise vehicle placement. Trail Control can be activated at speeds from 1 mph all the way up to 20 mph, and you can use the special mode in all of the Raptor’s 4x4 settings.

The system’s brain will help move up over challenging terrain and steep obstacles by automatically directing torque to each wheel and then using gradual braking to smoothly bring the truck down on the other side. In the same vein, it can also help dig itself out of extreme sand by neutralizing the stuck wheel or wheels and directing torque to whichever can generate the most purchase from the surface.

Power comes from the now familiar hot-rod version of Ford’s 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost which kicks out a fierce 450 hp which is routed through a 10-speed automatic transmission with a high-low transfer case and four-wheel drive. The hardcore off-road Fox shocks are paired with adaptive dampers that constantly monitor what the truck is up to in order to tweak the suspension as necessary. For example, the truck even knows when you’ve launched it into the air and it will respond by stiffening the dampers so you don’t smash into the bump stops upon landing.

Ford also says Trail Control also will be available on the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger, arriving in dealer showrooms early next year. The upgraded 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor will be available in late 2018.

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