"In June, we heard that Ford was receiving requests for a crew-cab version of the 2010 F-150 SVT Raptor high-performance, off-road pickup," says auto spy photographer Brenda Priddy. "Ford marketing manager Mark Grueber said the company hasn't made any decisions, but that there is demand for it."
Judging from these exclusive spy photos of a Raptor test truck with four full-size doors, however, Priddy says it looks as if a decision has been made.
"Despite the camo and fake rear roof, you can't miss the Raptor's 35-inch wheels and tires, the unique mesh grille with 'FORD' emblazoned across it, and even the red hash mark at 12 o'clock on the steering wheel indicating that the front wheels are straight."
Hardcore off-road enthusiasts may have reservations about the 145-inch-long wheelbase, which is likely to compromise desert-running and rock-crawling performance in favor of extra interior space. Those with large families or the need to transfer crews of four or five adults into the wilderness, however, are likely to appreciate it.
Priddy expects the four-door Raptor to arrive in the 2011 model year with the new 6.2L V8 and perhaps make a debut at the Chicago Auto Show in February.
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