The forthcoming 2019 F-150 Raptor is hauling several new updates, including a new feature called Trail Control. Ford likens this feature to a cruise-control for off-roading because it can be engaged so it extracts itself from trouble on its own at low speeds.
The new feature can help overcome steep obstacles by automatically directing torque to each wheel then braking to smoothly… — Ford
“Trail Control can be activated at speeds from 1 mph up to 20 mph, and Raptor is the only pickup that allows the driver to operate Trail Control in all 4×4 modes,” says Ford. “The new feature can help overcome steep obstacles by automatically directing torque to each wheel then braking to smoothly bring the truck down on the other side. It also can help in digging the truck out if it happens to get stuck in extreme sand.”
To do so the truck will modulate the throttle and braking, which frees up the driver to steer over and around upcoming obstacles. It’s like having a co-driver around to help you escape those daunting sections of terrain. Better yet, even if you aren’t getting a new Raptor late this year, this technology will also be available on the forthcoming 2019 Ranger, which will arrive early next year.