Some of the estimated 15,000 Raptors and F-150 models with the new 10 speed automatic transmission have been held back to ensure quality, representatives from Ford said this week.
“Launches are complex, and every one of them presents different challenges and opportunities,” Ford said in a statement. “Our process is to work through any issues and ensure that our customers receive a quality vehicle.”
Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s president of the Americas, told Reuters on Monday that Ford was “holding [trucks] longer so we could do more testing and make sure everything is right before we release them.”
We have seen conflicting information regarding the status of the 2017 Raptor. Though we’ve seen claims that the truck has been released, we’ve yet to see any in the hands of actual customers. The trucks are arriving at dealers now. We expect to post pictures of the first customer deliveries soon.