Spied! New Ford Raptor Prototype Is Towing a Large Trailer

Could this be a V8-powered Raptor?

2022 ford raptor v8 towing a large trailer
Images: @aleks_m5

Here we have another look at the upcoming 3rd-generation Ford Raptor. This prototype was spied in the wild with and without a large trailer behind it. Thank to @aleks_m5 on Instagram for sending these images to us. @aleks_m5 says that he heard what sounded like a V8 engine exhaust sound coming from this prototype.

Naturally, a Ford Raptor is a truck that is focused on off-road performance. However, it is still a pickup truck. As such, it needs to be able to tow. The current 2nd-gen 2020 Ford Raptor crew cab is rated to tow up to 8,000 lbs. The new 2021 Ram TRX is rated to tow up to 8,100 lbs. What towing capacity do you think Ford is targeting for the next Raptor? I am thinking 8,200 lbs…

Whatever the engine under its hood, this Raptor prototype has large (appear to be production-ready) dual exhaust outlets. The truck maintains a wide-body stance. The rear suspension is still camouflaged. We think the camo is hiding a coil spring / 5-link rear suspension system.

It is still unknown when the 3rd-generation Ford Raptor will make its official world debut or when it will go on sale. I am guessing, this next generation truck should will arrive in dealerships within 6-12 months. It needs to be as soon as possible, because the supercharged V8 Ram TRX is supposed to reach dealers next month (December 2020).