Well, look at what we have here. Judging from these spy shots, Ford is indeed working on the next generation of its off-road-ready F-150 Raptor pickup truck. We've made no attempt to hide our appreciation for the Baja-style truck, which combines most of the usability of a fullsize truck with heavy-duty suspension components to make a kind of performance vehicle that is unique in the market.

What we haven't known, until now, is whether Ford would push forward with its Raptor program now that it has a completely new F-150 to serve as its base. And that's especially true since Ford made the bold move of switching the bodywork of its best-seller from tried-and-true steel to aluminum. As you can see above, the front and rear of this silver truck are clad in current-gen Raptor bodywork, while the center section that houses the occupants appears to come from the upcoming 2015 F-150.

Dissecting the views above, we note a few interesting tidbits. First, there looks to be a bulge in the truck's hood. Second, we see a new grille between the current Raptor's headlights, sporting a mesh finish and two horizontal bars. Lastly, our eyes can't help but lock in on those burly A-arm suspension pieces down below, not to mention all that ground clearance the specialty suspenders bring to the table.

These spy shots don't answer a few lingering questions: how much of the next-gen Ford Raptor will be made from aluminum, how far would a several-hundred-pound reduction in weight stretch the truck's already class-leading off-road performance, and will Ford continue using naturally aspirated V8 engines or would it consider switching to a six-cylinder EcoBoost? While we continue to mull over these thoughts, feel free to join us in hoping and wishing that this new Raptor hits the market sooner rather than later.


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      carguy1701
      • 7 Months Ago
      If you can afford to buy a Raptor to begin with (current one starts in the low 50s IIRC), you can probably afford to feed it. Can we please let the engine debate die? It will be fine regardless of which route is chosen.
        jtav2002
        • 7 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        If you just opt for the extended cab and add no additional options you can actually get one for a hair under $45k. Granted, ever since they began offering it in crew cab I rarely see extended models on dealer lots anymore.
      brian.talmage
      • 7 Months Ago
      For those of you wondering about curb weight, power, mileage, etc., our Ford rep told us that those numbers won't be released until final validation testing is complete. Expect to see a lot more info in June, possibly as late as July.
      Brian Weir
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm LMAO at the fools who don't know the difference between an all aluminum vehicle and an aluminum BODIED vehicle with a steel frame (the latter is a more accurate description of the 2015 F-150). It's certainly entirely possible to lose 700 pounds with an ALUMINUM body, while retaining the strength of a steel frame. May all you GM buyers RUST IN PEACE! GM is having trouble GIVING AWAY those 2014 TOADS!
        Tariff The Imports
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Brian Weir
        GM is going aluminum body in their next gen. And Sergio just mentioned Fiat may go that path too. What will their fanboys say then?
          Muttons
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Tariff The Imports
          They will probably spout some silly nonsense about Ford bravely forging a new path and changing the light truck industry forever, prompting all the other carmakers to follow suit and lower fuel consumption and emissions standards across the industry by dramatically lowering the gross vehicle weights of their best selling models. And they'd be right.
        Kevin
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Brian Weir
        I for one like all the brands fords trucks are the only main thing going for them anything else they make I wouldn't own lol SMH!!!!!
        Indubitably
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Brian Weir
        The "NEW" Silverado was outdated the day it was released. Pretty sad...
      Avinash Machado
      • 7 Months Ago
      Excellent.
      justgoawaymad
      • 7 Months Ago
      Does anyone know how much weight the new aluminum bodys will save on these trucks?
      rmt_1
      • 7 Months Ago
      I'm not not surprised that Ford has developed a second-generation Raptor, using their new aluminum body/steel frame platform, but my big question is, "What will power the Aluminum Raptor?" Since the 6.2L V8 engine is not supposed to be used with the 2015 F-150, the 3.5L EcoBoost engine will most likely be the one used. However, the one engine that I would really like see to be used is the 5.8L supercharged V8 from the GT500 or at least a forced-induction 5.0L V8, in order to get the most from the lighter platform.
        Dump
        • 7 Months Ago
        @rmt_1
        interesting thought...but getting such a powerful engine will kinda put the Raptor in a more street-oriented position. All that available power isn't needed for real off-road duty especially if the overall truck will be much lighter.
      Arjel Brian Agustin
      • 7 Months Ago
      Aluminum Mustang....
      Stinkyboy
      • 7 Months Ago
      Crapturd
        bethany.omalley
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Stinkyboy
        Are you mad that there is the possibility of a second generation Raptor and there isn't even remotely close to this bad ass truck from GM or RAM or are you mad because you are a Prius driver and your mission is to save the world?
          Dmitriy Markelov
          • 7 Months Ago
          @bethany.omalley
          Maybe he just doesn't like trucks but rather enjoys fume spewing v12 powered 2 door convertibles?
        Stinkyboy
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Stinkyboy
        these look real tough in downtown NYC
      Andrew
      • 7 Months Ago
      GREAT with more aluminum this things fraim should bend in more places than one! Thanks but no thanks I'll take the way more reliable Silverado and upgrade the suspension
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        [blocked]
        d.randy1
        • 2 Months Ago
        @Andrew

        Ha ha ha ha ha you need more then a suspension upgrade. You need a truck upgrade even if it's a 14 it's completely outdated in everyday. Please explain reliable as well? GM is in downward spiral and it won't get better any team soon. It scares me they say they can tow as much as a f150 when their motor is clearly struggling to be relevant  in the truck market.

        Timothy Tibbetts
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        Huh. The frame isn't aluminum. Nowadays body panels are just that, reinforced panels. They look good but if you thing it will be less rigid...
        Dean Hammond
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        research Andrew....research....what was the cause?...yep, outright abuse by dim-witted owners going beyond the HUGE capabilities of the truck in question....kinda similar to someone towing 30000 pounds behind a Silerado 1/2 ton....guess what would happen there?...would you then call the GM product with a busted differential and blown trans incapable?????
        Revis Goodworth
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        LOL - when the truck you sell was designed in 1999 and reskinned over and over, you should have perfection. The only thing a Silverado can get through is a mud puddle.
        Darryl L. Forbes
        • 7 Months Ago
        @Andrew
        Andrew, only the BODY is aluminum. The frame is actually being made from a higher strength steel and should be MORE reliable.
      srlalsd1
      • 7 Months Ago
      They need to put an ecobost engine.
        Peter_G
        • 7 Months Ago
        @srlalsd1
        And you need to GTFO. What it needs is a supercharger bolted to its engine to push it to over 500HP. Combine that with a smaller displacement and lighter chassis and I'll be first in line.
          Dean Hammond
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Peter_G
          please explain Peter, the ecoboost engine is a perfect partner, already developed and cost effective...if you are talking fords 5.4 supercharged engine in the Shelby...yes it would be a beast, but at what cost?...that engine is basically hand built....
          Dmitriy Markelov
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Peter_G
          Looks like somebody peed in your Cheerios this morning and based on your horrifically disproportionate response to a simple statement about ecoboost engines, it looks like they got a bit in your mouth too.
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Peter_G
          [blocked]
      Alex Rodriguez MacFa
      • 7 Months Ago
      Nice! The Mustang and Raptor are by far Ford's most exiting products!
      That Guy
      • 7 Months Ago
      Let's hope they beef up the floppy frame on the JC Whitney special....
        ebn.hahn
        • 7 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        OOH The "Realist" AKA "that Guy" have spoken!!! I meant Parphed a pile of Turd out of his mouth....
        Tariff The Imports
        • 7 Months Ago
        @That Guy
        Not the brightest troll, are you? Google the bent frame. You'll then be shown that idiots went beyond the already impressive capabilities of the Raptor and that bent the frame. You couldn't even come to a 1/10 of the Raptors capabilities with a GM or Ram to get the same bent frame results. Education is your friend That Guy. Try it before you spout off about sometime you know nothing about. Or maybe try this: Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt.
          Tariff The Imports
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Tariff The Imports
          @ Acid Tonic. I'm supposed to take your troll word for it? Prove your claim please.
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