Ford F-150 Raptor

Take the worlds best-selling pickup , boot it up with F-22 Raptor dynamics, add a transformer look, mix up some old school rallying pedigree and get ready to witness the most awesome pickup truck money can buy

Rich History : Switch to the late 1940’s ; The world was recovering from the great war ; Asia working on independence ; and Henry Ford fulfilling his last wish to build a machine which could carry more than just humans, and so the F-series truck was born

Since then, there hasn’t been any other variant of vehicle which has dominated its territory as the F-series of trucks

Back to the future : 21st century breakdown (economic recession), and Ford wanted to regain the faith it had lost (especially in North America), so it comes up with the most kitted up truck ever

The Truck : It’s a tweaked regular F-150 , modded with one purpose : High Speed Off Road use.

Developed by a dedicated R&D team, it is a high performance machine designed to go strong and fast

A first for Ford with hill-descent control and a differential locker for stability at high speeds with load (it’s still a pickup)

Design : Take a F150 and make it look muscular. Stands tall and commands respect. The front grille is unique (gets rid of the blue oval logo) ; the color combination adds character. Rims have been selected wisely to make it look sportier

Engine and Transmission: Two colossal engines. A 5.4 Litre V8 developing 320 bhp / 390 lb-ft of torque and the show stopper 6.2 Litre V8 squeezing out a cool 400 horses / 400 lb-ft of torque

Transmission is a 6-speed auto, which is a spoil sport as rallying machines are supposed to have the stick to play around with

Suspension : Usually suspension is like the script writing (the not so anticipated) part of the movie but when the movie is a 400 hp truck, one feels the need to analyse it.

Revolutionary suspension for the Raptor : New designed leaf springs and shocks, new front upper- and lower-A-arms, and a new wider rear axle

In real words : 13.4 inches of usable travel  in the rear suspension and 11.2 in the front which is TWICE a regular SUV (enough to cross Mount Kilimanjaro)

Appeal : You love Dakar, want to explore the world, have more luggage than companions…..Need more?

Bottomline : Lets face it – It’s not a practical choice , but nor is a Ferrari or a Bugatti. One of a kind and once in a generation truck…. GET IT

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Tata Xenon


To start with, this is the best looking pickup ever to roll out of India, but to be precise, remember the Oldie Tata Mobile….well it all started bak then..

The new Xenon is generations ahead of the Mobile..but its still a pickup, so space means more than looks

Looks : – Not the best in the world, but certainly will turn heads in India (given no serious competition in the segment).

Stands tall, ; the front end is shared with the Sumo Grande but gives a very distinctive look in a pick up configuration

Engine and Transmission : It shares its heart from the Safari, so the same 2.2 DICOR with all the 140 horses and 320 Nm of torque. The gearbox is the same as well : 5 speed manual. But as we know, this 2.2 is not so responsive at low revs, and considering the pickup has to carry more than just people, it is a concern

But reliability is top knotch with the Tata Dicor family of engines
Fuel consuption is decent…around 11-13kmpl and a 65 litre tank helps.

Space : The in cabin space is okey kinda, and the loading bay is sufficient but we desire more with the dimensions of this pickup. The Mahindra Scorpio Getaway, which is the only threat in this segment (read- lifestyle pickup) is more practical when it comes to space.

Overall Package : As a package, not bad, but considering the new technologies that Tata has today (Land Rover and stuff) as compared to the Tata Mobile days, the next updates should be much better and sooner to make the Xenon a lifestyle..literally.

The major hurdle for this newbie might be the price though, becoz we in India wud always prefer Pickups over Lifestyle Pickups (more so when the word lifestyle adds a lakh or two to the price tag)

Appeal :- Very distinct, commands presence and respect (more so in the wild). Not really supposed to carry cows, instead carry some camping equipment and move north towards the Himalayas

Bottomline : You have money to spare. You are old school when it comes to 4×4 machines. And every third off-road enthusiast in town has a Pajero…… Then you go for the Xenon

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