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What could be better than a Ford Raptor for high-speed off-road kicks straight from the factory? Well... nothing as far as we're concerned. But there are roomier things than a Raptor, and Ford looks like it will shortly be addressing that end of the equation. The Blue Oval has received requests for a crew cab version of its new desert-eating monster, and spy shots appear to confirm that the Dearborn automaker has designs on making a proper four-door version.
That added interior space figures to balloon the wheelbase to 145 inches, but for those who need the capacity more than they need to blitzkrieg the outdoors, the move makes sense. PickupTrucks.com expects that we'll see the bigger Raptor at next year's Chicago Auto Show as a 2011 model, and doesn't expect the 5.4 liter to be an option.

[Source: PickupTrucks.com]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      It's an open country runner, not a rock crawler. 3 more feet of turning circle isn't giving much of anything up.

      I'm not really a fan of the new crew cab size though. The old crew cab was already big enough for adults. A limo sized back seat with 6" of knee room is just cutting into bed length.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Matt should change his username to Mad.
      • 5 Years Ago
      *know* that, not "no that"...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would rather have the SuperCab than the SuperCrew on this one. This just doesn't make as much sense to me, but it is most likely due to demand and possible better interior appearance.
      • 5 Years Ago
      AB, you guys need to learn the proper usage of "bagged" when regarding a pickup. I opened this (on i.autoblog so I didn't see any pics yet) thinking/hoping to see a Raptor on airbags laying rocker. Thoughts of a widebody Lightning returning were swirling through my head, and while I love the Raptor and its purpose, somehow I can't help but think a lowered 2WD Lightning to compliment the Raptor would be BaddddAsssss!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I know what you mean. I bet someone will do it though. Either take the Raptor and cut off the 4WD stuff and slam it with F150 suspension, or put the Raptor front clip and bed on a regular F150 frame.
        Kinda like when Chevy didn't make a 4 door C1500 so people were swapping the heavy duty 2500/3500 stuff for 1500 suspension and C-channel and 4-link and bagging them, or lengthening the frame on a 1500 to accept the 2500/3500 4-door's cab.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "but for those who need the capacity more than they need to blitzkrieg the outdoors, the move makes sense."

      Somehow I don't think a lot of people will really have the need to take the whole little family to an extreme offroad adventure.
      However the majority of people that DO end up buying the extended cab version will totally look like rebels and maveriks pulling up the the local Walmart with the wife and kids.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Especially when they can hop over the curbs, carts, small streams, children, minivans, etc. that dominate most WalMart parking lots if need be, and not spill their Starbucks or make the kid's headrest DVD players skip.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Matt, you either have no idea what level of development went into this truck, you can't appreciate it, or you simply choose to be blind to it. Since info regarding the first choice is all over the web, that rules out the first. Since you insist on referring to it using the name of GM's own attempt at an off-road package, it would rather imply the second. But your blatant blind hate of anything blue oval would infer the third. Either, it doesn't matter to me. I do, however, find highly amusing that you insist on making yourself the butt of jokes & insults in Ford-related threads. To each is own, I suppose.

      It probably is pointless to point out that what goes into this truck is far more sophisticated then what some random person could buy from JC Whitney and slap on their trucks. But those who appreciate the work that went into this no that, and those that don't, well, aren't going to swayed by me...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Have I mentioned that I want one of these? BAD? Even worse now if they make it 4-door? Problem is, I live in the city, and it'd be useless for me. I gave up looking for LEGAL trails and fields to play in with my Subaru so I lowered it instead of making it an off-road monster.

      With this thing..... I don't know..... I'd find some ILLEGAL places to play in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      (Stupid AB comment system):

      ... but for those who need the capacity more than they need to blitzkrieg the outdoors, the move makes sense. ...

      Actually, for those who need the capacity more than they need to blitzkrieg the outdoors, there's already a truck for that... The whole point of the Raptor is to blitz the outdoors at the expense of other things. Besides, the back of a modern extended crap is pretty much as large as my '93 crew...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I remember reading here that border control was interested in ordering some Raptors. I would guess that border control would want 4 doors to make a sort of offroad police cruiser. If that was a large enough order and there is some public demand for more seating space it would be worth the effort to make the 4 door.
      • 5 Years Ago
      >> but for those who need the capacity more than they need to blitzkrieg the outdoors, the move makes sense.
      • 5 Years Ago
      In high speed desert running, the longer wheelbase might actually benefit the Raptor.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think this is a good move. Even though this truck is a bit of overkill for average Joe, these will sell very well just due to the "nostalgy effect" of knowing you have a killer truck that can go anywhere you want. From what I've read on these trucks, you just point and shoot.
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