Ever wanted to go off-roading with the F-150 Raptor but want a bit of cruise control to make driving off the beaten path that much easier? Engineers over at Ford appeared to have made something that will do just that. Say hello to 'Trail Control'.
In a nutshell, this new technology is like cruise control, but specifically-made for off-road driving. The system automatically manages throttle and braking inputs, depending on the settings put by the driver. With it, Ford claims that the driver can focus on steering the pickup while on the trail.
With the push of a button, the driver can activate Trail Control and set the speed from 1 mph to 20 mph (1.6 km/h – 32 km/h). What's more is that Trail Control works with the onboard 4WD system. That means the pickup can accelerate and brake by itself while in two-wheel drive (2H), four-wheel drive automatic (4A), four-wheel drive high (4H) and four-wheel drive low (4L).
Another great thing about Trail Control is that it can automatically detect if the vehicle is stuck. When it does, the system will tell the driver what settings and speed to set Trail Control in order for the pickup to get unstuck whether it be in sand, mud, or rocky terrain. Each wheel will also help dig out the pickup so that the driver will not have to get out and dig / shovel the wheels out.
The all-new Trail Control will be standard equipment on the 2019 F-150 which will be released in late 2018. In addition, the US-spec 2019 Ranger will also come with the innovative Trail Control function.