Ford might have left the Indian car market, but the American carmaker has promised to continue its operations with selective CBU offerings. It indicates that the Indians will finally experience its drool-worthy global icons, which Indians have been yearning for years. The Mustang coupe and Mustang Mach-E electric crossover have already been confirmed, though there are a few other globally-acclaimed offerings from Ford, that we would love to see here. One such offering is the Ford F-150 Raptor. While this behemoth might not arrive in India officially, someone has brought it to the Indian shores.
A YouTube video from the channel Spotter India shows a second-generation Ford F-150 Raptor rolling on the streets of Bengaluru. Finished in a shade of matte olive green, this F-150 Raptor bears Dubai number plates, which signify that this car has been brought to India from Dubai via Carnet. It means that this left-hand-drive pickup truck has been imported to India for a brief duration.
The video includes footage of the Ford F-150 Raptor being driven on the Bengaluru streets, and we must admit that this is a humongous-looking vehicle. In the video, we can see that the F-150 Raptor is dwarfing the common hatchbacks like WagonR and Ignis. However, what’s surprising to see is that even some of the fairly large-sized SUVs like Toyota Fortuner and Nissan X-Trail look significantly smaller than the F-150 Raptor, as visible in the video. It gives a fair idea of how immense is the road presence of the Ford F-150 Raptor. Without any doubt, the Ford F-150 Raptor is attracting eyeballs wherever it is going in the video.
The second-generation Ford F-150 Raptor seen in the video debuted in 2017 and remained on sale till 2021, when the third-generation version replaced it. Apart from its large dimensions, the design elements like huge ‘Ford’ lettering over the front grille, clearance lights on the grille and front fenders, large all-LED headlamps, towering front stance with a high-placed hood and wide Ford lettering on the deck lid make it attention-grabbing vehicle.
Compared to the standard F-150, this Raptor version gets a slew of off-road-specific elements and mechanical add-ons. The list of these elements includes Fox Racing internal bypass shocks with external reservoirs, a different transfer case, a torque-on-demand system and 35-inch all-terrain tyres over 17-inch wheels. It gets the same 3.5-litre Ecoboost V6 engine used in the Ford GT, though in a detuned state. Paired to a 10-speed automatic gearbox, this engine produces 450 bhp of power and 691 Nm of torque.