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Among the changes are some brighter paint colors and a more obnoxious — some might call it stylish — graphics package and a few interior accents. But the biggest changes come in the form of a front Torsen differential and grille-mounted camera (with a tiny spray nozzle to wash away mud or dust).
For the most part, the 2012 model still comes in just one flavor, sporting the growly 6.2-liter V-8 with single overhead cam, two valves per cylinder and aluminum heads. It's still rated at 411 horsepower and 434 pounds-feet of torque.
The Raptor's cab configurations continue to come in SuperCab (133-inch wheelbase) and SuperCrew (145-inch wheelbase). The two models we drove in Texas were SuperCrews — one Rowdy Red, the other Bolt Blue.
The front Torsen diff is by far the most significant change to the 2012 model, as it implies Ford is expanding the Raptor's performance parameters to include slow-go 4x4 prowess. On the ranch loop course, we did several slow-speed rock-hopping sections, some higher-speed open-field running, and we went on a loose rock portion as it skirted the banks of a large stream.
The most striking characteristic of the extra front traction is how invisible it is. You'll feel a slight tug when the cams ramp up on each other inside the diff, for the most part, giving the wheel with traction a bit more grip. The trail we were driving on wasn't an ideal proving ground, but the feel of Torsen on our trail was more like locker in tractive pull, but it never did feel the slightest bit heavy during cornering, like lockers do.
We didn't have the benefit of airing down any tires, but we still made short work of a loosely potholed 70-foot hill climb that had been damaged by tire-spinning SUVs and full-size heavy-duty pickup trucks. (It probably would surprise no one to discover that most auto writers are horrible off-pavement drivers.)
The extra traction was noticeable up the steep grade, but what surprised the crud out of us (with plenty of hill-climbing experience in a new fully lockered Ram Power Wagon) was when we had to make a sharp left at the top of the climb, just before a wall of rock that we couldn't see out the windshield but did see in the console navigation screen. The hard left was easy and progressive, without any harsh steering-wheel feedback, just like you'd expect on a flat, paved road.
The other interesting feature on the 2012 model is Ford's decision to include a grille-mounted front camera. That alone is cool, but the way Ford integrated the view into the steering-wheel toggles and information center display seems to make sure no one will accidently flip on the camera on the center console screen. In fact, the camera will go on only when in low range and you must be moving slower than 15 mph. If you go faster, the camera defaults to the previously chosen screen — nav, stereo, Sync, whatever you like — and then comes right back to the front view when you slow down for the next obstacle. The same depth and alignment lines that appear when you use the backup camera also appear on the front camera: Blue lines tell you how your vehicle will move forward, and yellow/orange lines tell you the distance and direction the vehicle is pointed.
The system may sound complicated, but it gives drivers the very real ability of knowing exactly what is under each corner of the massive hood, something that had always been a mystery for Raptor drivers without a spotter. In effect, the camera negates the need for a spotter because you can see the approaching obstacles and see exactly where to place a tire to keep your sheet metal out of harm's way. It's a simple piece of technology, but it will definitely help you do less body damage to your truck. (Of course, the obvious question is how many Raptor owners are really doing that type of trail exploration.)
A high-pressure washer nozzle cleans the camera lens, but neither of the larger headlamps has a wiper or washer nozzle. (Technology, some might argue, is more important for the safety of the driver.) How well the camera and sprayer survive harsh winters, rock chips and swarms of springtime insects remains to be seen, but for now, the view from the Raptor driver's seat — and the truck, all around — is just about the best it has ever been.
What does that mean to any challengers that might want to follow suit? Only time will tell. In the meantime, the Ram Runner, Power Wagon, Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (aren't they all from the same company?) and Toyota Tacoma TRD Baja Series haven't responded with their own surround-view camera setups, but we'll see. From where we sit, the Raptor looks to be the leader of this high- and low-speed 4x4 parade. I think I smell another comparison test. Any suggestions on where and what trails we should be thinking about? Let us know.
Information retrieved from: Pickuptrucks.com
2012 Cadillac Escalade ESV Platinum Tour
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The Cadillac Escalade ESV is a longer version of the Escalade. The ESV is a
large, luxurious SUV that delivers performance and style. Classy and
powerful, it looks great for a night on the town or can haul everything
needed for a weekend getaway.
The ESV features a long wheelbase and an increase in total length, greatly
enhancing third-row seat legroom and rear cargo space. Available as a 4x2
or 4x4 the Escalade ESV is powered by a 403-hp 6.2-liter V8 with Active
Fuel Management and E85 compatibility, mated to a six-speed automatic
transmission. Getting into the third row is easier with the ESV; its longer
rear door provides a larger opening. Standard equipment includes a power
liftgate, stability control, remote start, Bluetooth compatibility, a
rear-view camera and side curtain airbags. Some options are Magnetic Ride
Control and 22-inch chrome wheels. The Platinum Edition takes style and
innovation to a whole new level with standard equipment such as LED
headlights, power running boards, and a rear seat entertainment system with
2012 Chevy Avalanche LTZ Tour (Flex Fuel)
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This classic may be one of my all time favorite truck designs. Having had
one in the family for a while now, I can say that the ride is great and
they are very functional. Great truck even for the price tag!
2012 Ford F350 Super Duty Lariat King Ranch
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Engine: 6.2L V-8
Power: 316 @ 4,179 rpm
Transmission: 6-spd w/OD
The F-350 is Ford's Super Duty full-sized single rear-wheel (SRW) or dual
rear-wheel (DRW) truck. The F-350 manages to mix innovation, comfort, and
style into a competitive vehicle that has impressive torque ratings, towing
capacities, and payloads.
The 2012 F-350 is available as a 4x2 or a 4x4, has three different cab
configurations, and has three trims available. The rugged and reliable XL,
the well equipped XLT, and the luxurious Lariat. Two engine choices include
a standard 6.2-liter 385-hp Triton V8 with 405 lb.-ft. of torque or the
optional and innovative 6.7-liter turbo
400-hp V8 Powerstroke diesel with 800 lb.-ft. of torque. Both engines are
mated to a new TorqShift six-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift
and a Tow/Haul mode. The F-350 offers standard amenities such as traction
control and electronic stability control (SRW only), a hill launch assist
feature, side curtain airbags, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel and
trailer sway control. Available features include a supplemental cab heater,
a reverse camera system, upfitter switches, a navigation system, a remote
start system, satellite radio, SYNC, and a rear folding tailgate step.
Also, the unique Ford Work Solution options provide innovative solutions
for trucks used in the work place.
For 2012, the Ford F-350 adds MyKey on the XL trim. On the XLT and Lariat
trims, new standard features include 1-touch up and 1-touch down front
driver and passenger windows and 4-way adjustable front head restraints. On
the Lariat trim, new standard features include a deep tinted power sliding
rear window with defrost.
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2013 Range Rover Evoque
Range Rover's new small SUV.
From the front, it looks like a hyper-aggressive SUV, albeit with a classy
Range Rover grille. From the back, it's trés butch with pronounced fender
flares and flush-fit twin Exhausts.
But it's from the side that the Evoque truly stands out. Looking like a
Range Rover Sport — complete with trademark clamshell hood and floating
roof — mated with an ultra-sleek Golf hatchback, the Evoque puts the
sport in utility vehicle as no SUV has before it.
I suspect Land Rover may get some flak for using Ford's latest EcoBoost engine, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder that
also powers the upscale version of Ford's Explorer. Land Rover need not
fret — this is Ford technology at its best. From just two litres and four
pistons, the Evoque squeezes 240 horsepower and 251
pound-feet of torque.
The Evoque retains Land Rover's Terrain Response system, which sees systems
such as the anti-lock brakes, traction control and vehicle stability
control tailor the response of the engine, gearbox and centre coupling to
the specific conditions. Four settings are offered — General Driving
(on-road and easy offroad); Grass/Gravel/Snow (slippery conditions, on-and
off-road); Mud and Ruts; and Sand — that offer set-it-and-forget-it
all-wheel-drive optimization. Also new on the Evoque is a Gradient Release
Control that progressively releases the brakes on steep hills.
Inside the Evoquet here's a surprising amount of room. Both four-door and
two-door models have generous rear-seat legand headroom, the four-door more
generous in this last regard because its roof is 35 millimetres higher.
That said, neither offers exceptional access to the rear seat. The
four-door's rear apertures are relatively small (a traditional Land Rover
weakness) and, of course, the coupe's ingress/egress is limited by the
There's no doubt that Range Rover has a hit on its hands. The Evoque,
particularly in coupe guise, is the sexiest thing out of Britain since
Information retrieved from: Montreal Gazette
Ford Atlas concept truck walk around review with Eric Peterson (Bonus Driving Footage!)
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footage of this $1,000,000 concept vehicle! Have you seen the newest
concept truck from Ford called the "Atlas"? Built as a platform demo for
the next generation of F150 trucks, check out this official walk around
review with Ford Motor Company's Eric Peterson, Marketing Manager as he
shows us some of the unique technology and options we can expect to see on
future Ford trucks.
Active Grille Shutters
Power Deployable Running-Boards
Drop down front chin spoiler
Active Wheel Shutters
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Next Generation Infotainment Console
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FWTV: Top Truck Challenge XIV Part 1
Four Wheeler TV Season 3: Episode 3
Part 1 of a 4 part series. The 14th annual Top Truck Challenge. Four
Wheeler magazine presents a whole new sequence of obstacles as teams from
the country compete. 10 teams are voted into the competitions and must
endure challenges like the Frame Twister, Mud Pit, Obstacle Course, Tank
Trap and Mini Rubicon.
Raptor vs. Ram Runner: Head to Head
Get behind the wheel of each truck with pro off-road driver Chad Ragland,
who gives his impressions of the Ram and the Raptor while pounding the
desert sand and tackling monster bumps.
2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: King of the Sandbox - Ignition Episode 29
On this episode of Ignition, Carlos Lago ditches the normal testing routine
and takes the 2012 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor straight to the dirt instead. Is
Ford's factory prerunner rugged enough to power slide through sand washes
and conquer mountains AND refined enough to handle less demanding
conditions with poise and comfort? Carlos heads to Hungry Valley SVRA to
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Ford SVT Raptor: Built for Baja, Tested on Bullrun
The Smoking Tire visits Ford's Dearborn factory to pick up the hottest new
truck from the Blue Oval: The Ford SVT Raptor. Host Matt Farah drives the
SVT Raptor from Detroit to New York City for the 2009 Bullrun Rally.
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