The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor is getting off-road cruise control to make navigating those tight spots just a bit easier.
Ford’s range-topping Raptor pickup just keeps getting better. From already producing the most horsepower from its 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 to its fancy adaptive suspension, there’s no other pickup truck we’d rather take with us on those long, lonely journeys into the uncharted wilderness.
And now it’s getting off-road cruise control to help us find the way without needing to worry about pressing that pesky gas pedal.
Ford calls it Trail Control, but it goes by multiple names with other companies. Land Rover calls it All-Terrain Progress Control, while Suzuki just calls it cruise control. They all work essentially the same by setting the car’s speed to something low and slow that allows the driver to focus on steering around bumps, rocks, and fallen logs.
With Trail Control, speed can be set to between 1 and 20 mph and can be operated on all 4x4 drive modes (which Ford thinks is impressive enough to mention). The system will automatically direct power to all four wheels, and will also apply braking to each wheel individually if it detects it getting out of hand.
This kind of torque control also gives the Raptor the ability to unstick itself if it gets stuck in sand. The system can be set to “Getting Unstuck”, and then a computer will take over the duty of detecting which wheels have traction and rock itself out of whatever moor the Raptor becomes mired in.
The video Ford provided isn’t particularly convincing, but we’ll reserve judgment until we see the whole system in action.
As with last year’s model, the Ford F-150 Raptor is powered by a lovely 3.5-L twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that puts out 450 hp and a supercar-worthy 510 lb-ft of torque. It arrives in dealer showrooms sometime later this year.
Trail Control will also be coming to the new Ford Ranger when it finally arrives, so if something the size of an F-150 isn’t really up to your speed, then the Ranger is a fine alternative.