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  • Spied! Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Testing Daytime LED Running Lights

    Posted by Mike Levine | January 24, 2011

    Photos by Chris Doane for Brenda Priddy & Co.

    It looks like Ford is contemplating adding LED daytime running lights to the F-150 SVT Raptor, as seen in our latest spy photos.
    The Raptor is Fordís only half-ton pickup that uses exterior LED lighting because its extra track width (for off-road stability) has to adhere to federal regulations mandating illuminated marker lamps at night. Three bright-orange LEDs are mounted in the Raptorís grille, three in the center high-mounted stoplight and two each at the corners of the front and rear bumpers.

    The white lights on this manufacturer-plated test truck supplement the existing LEDs, with unique placement between the front bumper and fenders.

    The move to front LED daytime running lamps mirrors the design cues of Fordís latest cars. The Taurus sedan and Fiesta compact both feature the durable, bright lights that consume up to 70 percent less power than conventional incandescent bulbs.

    The new LEDs could appear on 2011.5 ďJob 2Ē Raptors, but they are most likely slated for the 2012 model year.

    Other future improvements rumored for Raptor may include an electronic locking front differential (in addition to the current rear locker) for increased capability in low-speed off-road maneuvers. A front e-locker is available for the limited edition Ford Racing Raptor XT pre-runner. Thereís also chatter that the 2011 Ford F-Series Super Dutyís heated and cooled seats will find their way inside the Raptorís cabin, too. The 411-horsepower, 6.2-liter V-8 is expected to remain the sole engine choice.

    But what is certain is that exterior LED lights in pickup trucks are about to have their day. The GMC Sierra All-Terrain HD Concept featured edge-lit LED lighting in its cargo box that we expect to be offered in next-generation Ford and GM pickups. The Raptor happens to be first out the door.

    Find the original news report here.

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