Off-Roading

Watch: 3 minutes of the 2021 Ford Raptor in action hooning around in the desert

The next-gen 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor has just been revealed.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Comapny

The 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor has just been revealed. The third-generation design improves upon the traditional F-150 to become a desert-ready workhorse.

There's a ton of features on the new truck to be excited about, not the least of which is its new, more grown up sounding exhaust note.

The exhaust note, wheels, and lights play heavy in this new video provided by Ford, which shows the new F-150 Raptor wearing an orange paint job and fresh decals hooning around in the desert. The truck tosses dirt, traverses trails, and spins with glee in the open dirt. Take a watch.

Looks good, right? Part of that is because of the truck's new suspension setup, which includes freshly tuned Fox Shox. You can read more about that here.

We know there's a twin-turbo V6 under the hood but Ford is still keeping its horsepower and torque figures private (for now). We also don't know the fuel economy, but given the 500-ish-mile range out of a 36-gallon tank that Ford has promised, look for it to come in around 14 mpg.

The truck's nether regions are protected by a wider skid plate that has greater side-to-side and forward coverage than the outgoing model.

Ford has equipped the Raptor with its Terrain Management System's seven drive modes: Slippery, Tow/Haul, Sport, Normal, Off-Road, Baja, and Rock Crawl. These are the same as in the Bronco. Drive modes adjust steering feel, transfer case behavior, stability control, active valve exhaust, active damping system, throttle mapping, and transmission shift points.

The 2021 F-150 Raptor will be assembled at Ford's Dearborn Truck Plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and available in showrooms this summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the truck's on-sale date.

If you like the looks of the Raptor but wish it was more powerful, just hold your horses. The F-150 Raptor R is coming out later this year and it's looking like that will be the true off-roading wizard. Stay tuned.

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Ford offering limited edition colors for 2022 Ranger Splash

The Ranger Splash will be offered in three limited-run colors.

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During its time off the market in the United States, the Ford Ranger remained a popular utility vehicle in global markets. In other markets, the truck is offered in unique special editions, such as the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Storm, but the options in the U.S. are limited. Last year, Ford announced the return of the Ranger Splash, a funky version of the truck that roamed the streets in the 1990s. Today, the automaker outlined another Splash edition, this time to be produced in limited quantities with special color options.

Ford will offer three colors for the new Ranger Splash Limited Edition: Snow Edition, Forest Edition, and Sand Edition. The colors will roll out one at a time "every few months," according to Ford, and the package will add $1,495 to the Ranger's price tag.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The Snow Edition is based on the Lariat trim, but the other two are based on the lower XLT model.Ford

The Lariat Ranger Splash Snow Edition features a gray paint color with black exterior trim and a unique grille design. Inside, the truck carries ebony leather upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon touches. Ford says it will produces just 750 Splash Snow Edition trucks, with availability starting in spring.

The XLT Ranger Splash Forest Edition (pictured above) comes with Forged Green exterior paint and red grille accents. The interior offers black cloth upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon accents. Just 500 Forest Edition vehicles will be produced, with availability starting in summer.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The colors will roll out every few months in 2022. Ford

The third and final truck in the series is the XLT Ranger Splash Sand Edition. It gets Desert Sand exterior paint, dark exterior accents and red grill "nostrils." It also gets black cloth upholstery with ash gray stitching and carbon accents. The Sand Edition will debut in fall with a run of only 500 trucks.

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