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Ford reveals some of the redesigned 2022 F-150 Raptor in promo photo and video

Ford has redesigned the F-150 Raptor for the 2022 model year.

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As promised, a new Ford F-150 Raptor is on the way. While there's very little that's publicly known about the new model, we have a date to look forward to: February 3, 2021. That's when Ford will formally unveil the newest member of its redesigned F-150 lineup.

Since the last-generation Raptor debuted, there has been an influx of new truck models, each being pushed as capable off- and on-road. Despite the competition, the Raptor has always been considered the most capable. That is until the Ram 150 TRX came along.

Ram's Raptor-fighter is an off-roading specialist. The 2021 Ram TRX delivers Hellcat-derived power and desert-honed off-roading skills. It's the quickest, fastest, most powerful mass-produced pickup truck ever made.

On Thursday, a member of Ford's communications team tweeted an image of the new Raptor's grille along with date and time information regarding the reveal of the vehicle.

Then, on Friday afternoon Ford CEO Jim Farley tweeted a video of the vehicle giving us the best public look at the model yet. Backed by Metallica's "Enter Sandman", the video shows the Raptor come alive with headlights projecting the off-road terrain, a squared-off signature daytime running lights, and an illuminated grille upper. The truck's cab and bed configuration appear to remain the same for 2022 as they did for 2020.

What engine does it have? Will it be able to beat out the Ram TRX in the desert? We may not get all the answers on February 3 but the picture will be clearer.

The Raptor will be a 2022 model when it arrives at dealerships. Pricing is expected to be similar to the 2020 model.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

Front crash

Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.


TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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