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2019 Ford F-150 Raptor and Ranger Will Share Trail Control System

Not long ago, we reported that the 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor would offer several new technologies, including Trail Control — a kind of slow-motion cruise control that also would be available on the 2019 Ford Ranger.

The 2019 F-150 Raptor will offer carryover exterior styling but will have bigger and stronger heavy-duty electronically controlled Fox shocks, some new interior upgrades and a new four-wheel-drive setting, Trail Control, that allows for slow-speed computer-controlled throttle and braking (between 1 and 20 mph), allowing the driver to simply focus on steering the truck through off-road terrain and obstacles.

The new Trail Control system is similar to Toyota’s Crawl Control system available on the Tacoma pickup truck and 4Runner SUV TRD Pro models as well as the Lexus GX and LX off-roading SUVs. The Ford Trail Control system allows the Raptor and the Ranger to work in both high and low range and in all of Ford’s Terrain Management settings. The Toyota system works only in four-wheel-drive low range.

It’s interesting that the F-150 Raptor will get the new traction tech while the non-Raptor Ranger will have it as well. It almost seems like there might be some technology Ford is holding back, just in case it ever decides (wink, wink) to  We’ll all just have to wait and see.

Expect the  to go on sale early in 2019, while the upgraded 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor will be in dealerships in late 2018.

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