The secret of the success of F-150 pickup truck is in its constant development. Engineers and designers in Ford are working night in the day to produce a better vehicle. So, every time we hear that new vehicle is coming, fans are expecting it eagerly. The 2019 Ford F-150 is about to bring some fantastic changes to the lineup.
Yes, with every new edition truck is introducing changes in design, technology, features… A 3.5-l V-6 engine, which was present for a while, is replaced with 3.3-l V-6. However, this powertrain has a backup in a 13th generation with 2.7-l EcoBoost I-4. But, for 2019, Ford is considering even more changes under the hood. And while everyone thinks about the new engine, the company is preparing new drive systems. The 2019 Ford F-150 diesel is waiting for the debut. The company will do it in near future, and the first appearance this kind of powertrain will have with 2018 model.
Whatsoever, Ford is making even long-term plans. These include a hybrid powertrain as a part of the preparation for a new generation. If diesel engine makes so much noise, we can’t even imagine what plug-in truck can cause when it becomes official. The 2019 F-150 will definitely get a hybrid drivetrain. A plug-in pickup will be a part of the big redesign in 2019, which will further lead to a new generation in 2020.
With the current, thirteenth generation of the truck, Ford F-150 received the biggest redesigns in the last couple of years. As a part of mid-cycle refreshment, 2018 year model suffers a facelift. So, no further big changes are necessary for 2019 Ford F-150. But, designers are about to make minor refreshment. They will update infotainment for sure. Besides that, small changes of the truck will be noticeable only for true fans.
Engineers in Ford are working on the next generation of the pickup. The most popular truck in the world will head into the fourteenth generation in 2020. So, next model could introduce some significant changes, as a part of the preparation for a new generation. Also, 2019 F-150 could be used as a testing mule for upcoming big changes.
2019 Ford F-150 Diesel
The biggest addition for 2018 model is a diesel powertrain. After the initial launch, the same units will take place in the 2019 Ford F-150. The carmaker refreshed its entire drivetrain lineup. By adding a 3.3-l, F-150 gained a better mileage. There are still the most fuel-friendly 2.7-l EcoBoost, and the most potent 5.0-l drivetrains.
After many speculations about diesel engine, it is now clear that Ford is bringing it to the popular truck. It is going to be a 3.0-l Power Stoke V-6. Experts were pretty sure that engineers will opt out for the turbo-diesel variant, but it is not happening anytime soon. A Power Stroke unit is mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The diesel model of Ford F-150 will be available in 2019 season. However, with the first truck is still waiting for its debut, we can’t know too much more about further editions.
Estimations about the power output of 2019 Ford F-150 Diesel go between 200 and 250 hp. With a turbocharger, the potential would be higher. Also, this version of the engine is going deliver a high amount of torque, probably over 300 lb-ft.
2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid
We already said in our previous reviews that hybrids and all-electric vehicles are future of the automotive industry. Every development goes in this direction. The Ford, as a leader in the industry, is also making a first plug-in model. Hybrids are already in full-size SUV segment, so the next and logical step is a truck model. So far, neither company has produced any plug-in hybrid, although there are rumors about Chevy and Ram electrified vehicles.
Ford is making a hybrid system that will use petrol engine and electric motors. The company will definitely include some of their hatchbacks and sedan into this segment. But, the most interesting vehicles that could get this kind of powertrain are legendary Mustang pony car and 2019 Ford F-150 truck. The competition in this class is tough, with Tesla already built a name as a leader in the all-electric segment. This US company presented their semi-truck. SUV is already there, and further plans are to make a truck, new roadster, and a heavy-duty pickup.
The cost of Hybrid truck
The development of the hybrid truck is expensive. These working machines need a lot of power, and currently, electric batteries cost a lot. That raises the price of the entire vehicle. We could see few bad tries from GM to offer truck hybrids. Due to heavy cost, vehicles had a distasteful time, and the carmaker had to withdraw Silverado and Sierra 1500.
Besides being expensive, hybrid trucks lacks power and towing capacity. Executives in Ford are ensuring all fans that their hybrid will be both capable and durable. The 2019 Ford F-150 Hybrid will start a revolution in the segment and the company.
2019 Ford F-150 Raptor
Although most of the attention is turned to diesel and hybrid models, the 2019 Ford F-150 will bring its other versions. As the most popular truck in last few decades, the F-150 had many different variations. One of the best-selling is Raptor. A performance-tuned pickup has special suspension, shocks, visual details, and interior equipment.
The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor will come with the same drivetrain as its predecessor. Although the company dropped 3.5-l V-6 unit from the base offer, it is still available for Ranger. With direct injection and twin-turbo DOHC system, it is capable to deliver 450 hp and 510 pound-feet of torque. The drivetrain is using the same transmission as a standard truck – a 10-speed auto.
2019 Raptor Price
A special version of the pickup is designed for off-road adventures. The cost of high output is a high fuel consumption. The 2019 Ford F-150 Raptor can make just around 18 mpg on the highway. Also, with unique features and systems, truck costs a lot more than the standard model. Entry-level is available from $50,000. Without extra packages, Super Crew cab configuration with a short box and 4WD will cost $55,000. Until the new generation in 2021 we don’t expect big changes on the Ford F-150 Raptor.
The F-150 is definitely the most popular truck in the world. With sales of almost 1,000,000 sold copies in the last year no one can argue. We can only add that these numbers are showing the quality and reliability, and we won’t make a mistake if say that F-150 is the best truck in the world.
However, this is not by chance, but thanks to constant innovations from the carmaker. If all of the mentioned details come true, the 2019 Ford F-150 will be the complete pickup. Already popular in its segment, it will offer alternative drivetrains in diesel and hybrid variant. Then, the only all-electric vehicle remains to be developed. We don’t want to spoil a surprise, but in Ford, this is a plan for next step right after the hybrid truck. But, the all-electric truck is not going to take its position in the lineup before 2020, in the best case. We will probably see it in 2021.
With new additions, Ford could make an F-150 edition for European fans. Improvements will make this truck not only the most popular vehicle in the segment, but also in the entire car industry.