SCORE Journal Issue 9 - 2016

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on the 2017 model, is mounted to the headliner and provides six auxiliary switches. The switch panel also operates the opening and closing of the rear window, which has a flush, one-piece appearance when looking at it from the outside. The exterior of the 2017 Raptor keeps it's wide, and menacing looking stance and keeps its lineage with previous models intact. It still offers a large front skid plate and aggressively flared quarter panels with running lights attached. The new front grille is bold and LED lighting around the headlights gives the Raptor a modern appearance. The new grille also has a camera attached to it, which is part of the vehicle's 360 degree onboard camera feature. It's part of a six-camera system that allows the driver to see all key areas of the truck from inside the cab. Additional cameras are mounted on the tailgate, and side view mirrors. The short-bed on the Supercrew model has enough cargo space to be functional for those Raptor owners who still want to use their truck as a utility vehicle now and then. They'll be happy to see the bed is equipped with locking cargo cleats and LED lighting along the inside walls of the bed. With a variety of new features and more capable performance, the 2017 F-150 Raptor will no doubt, be welcomed by the off- road community who has been eager to see and purchase a new Raptor. "There's a coolness to this truck that I've never seen," said Greco. "We're the first truck with paddle shifters, true dual exhaust, and roof mounted ox switches in the cabin. It's also important to know that this vehicle will be the first global launch that will simultaneously launch in China. We're excited about getting the Raptor into the Gobi desert and Himalayan trails." No matter if it's in the Himalayas, Baja, or at the local home improvement store, there's no doubt that the 2017 Raptor will make its mark on the truck scene and again set a new, higher standard of off-road performance that will definitely get tested to the extreme. SJ 071 SCORE JOURNAL

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