Ford F-150 Raptor confirmed for China

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Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] has confirmed its new F-150 Raptor will be sold in China.

The pickup truck will go on sale there in 2017 and initially in four-door SuperCrew form only.

The new Raptor goes on sale in the United States later this year and we’ll get both two- and four-door bodystyles.

Raptors headed to China will be identical to versions sold in the U.S. and sourced from the same plant in Dearborn, Michigan.

The decision to sell the latest Raptor in China, the world’s biggest market for new vehicles, may explain the reason Ford chose to offer a V-6 engine instead of a traditional V-8. The government places punitive taxes on bigger displacements.

The good news is that no performance has been lost in downsizing to a V-6. Ford is yet to release final numbers but we confirm the turbocharged 3.5-liter in the latest Raptor will have an output higher than the 411 horsepower and 434 pound-feet of torque of the previous model’s 6.2-liter V-8, yet it will consume less fuel. Around 450 hp is expected.

All Raptors will also get a 10-speed automatic as well as four-wheel-drive with a torque-on-demand transfer case that manages power distribution between front and rear wheels. There will also be an off-road drive modes selector with settings for rock climbing and desert racing.

The F-150 Raptor will make its Chinese debut at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, which kicks off on Monday, April 25. To learn about some of the other vehicles set to appear, head to our dedicated hub.

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