The Ford F-150 continues to be the undisputed game leader in the light-duty, full-size pickup class and also continues to outsell all passenger cars in the US. It is now faced with redesigned light-duty models from Ram and GM but no doubts it will remain at the top of the food chain.
Ford recently updated the F-150 for the 2018 model year and changes affected all aspects of the model. The refreshed truck brought revised styling and improved safety equipment. The new base engine is more powerful and efficient but turbocharged V-6 and V-8 gas mills have also been reworked. There is also the 10-speed automatic transmission and Ford finally brought the turbodiesel V-6 with promised 30 mpg highway.
However, the 2019 model version is a few months away and recent reports promise some changes. Of course, after the recent refresh changes won’t be significant but Ford is reported to bring some styling updates to the Limited version. Other changes will relate to the equipment organization and new options among colors and wheel designs. The engine range will remain familiar and the diesel version revealed its EPA scores recently. The 2019 Ford F-150 Diesel will also return in the familiar form.
2019 Ford F-150 Diesel: Design
The Ford F-Series is the money maker for the brand and buyers don’t hesitate to buy the pickup truck instead of the passenger car. Ford sold more than 820, 000 units of the Series in 2016 and has great interest to keep the models fresh. The F-150 received the mid-update for the 2018 model year and yes, the life cycle of the pickups is now much shorter than before.
The aluminum-bodied F-150 changed the style of its front and rear section for the 2018 version and big modifications won’t appear on the 2019 model. Ford was spotted however testing the Limited version with the new rear bumper and dual exhaust setup. Ford will likely change some details on other version but that we will know closer to the launch date.
On the other hand, the truck is expected again to appear in the same trim range. The styling will vary depending on the trim option and the twin-bar grille design will get the body-color, black or chrome finish. The C-shaped headlights will return for the new model year and the tailgate design will also get unique details depending on trim version.
The 2019 Ford F-150 Diesel is expected to appear in Lariat, King Ranch and Limited versions while the fleet buyers will get the Diesel Ford-150 in XL and XLT options.
The interior of the 2019 F-150 won’t change from the current form. The truck earns great scores for interior comfort and quality. It also has well-organized controls and number of options is numerous. Ford also offers multi-contour seats and rear row is also supportive and comfortable for the everyday drive. The F-150 also boasts great forward and side visibility.
Equipment and Options:
The F-150 can be equipped with the number of options and buyers can choose between three cab styles, three-bed lengths, multiple trim options, different materials, equipment packages, etc.
The diesel-powered F-150 is expected in the Lariat, King Rans and Limited trim options. All version will have an 8-inch infotainment system with the smartphone support. The Lariat will also offer a navigation system, blind spot monitoring, a panoramic sunroof, heated and 10-way power front seats, power pedals, memory setting, leather upholstery, etc.
The King Ranch will come in CrewCab style only and with the unique exterior theme. This version also uses 20-inch wheels and unique interior textures. The Limited will ride on 22-inch wheels combines with unique styling and interior with upgraded upholstery.
2019 Ford F-150 Diesel: Performance
A long-awaited diesel option for the F-150 arrived at the end of the 2018 model year. Ford promised the class best fuel economy but it remains to see how will the new Ram 1500 EcoDiesel rate.
Buyers demanded the Diesel-powered F-150 but Ford claims that just 5 percent of buyers will choose the oil burner under the hood.
The 2019 Ford F-150 Diesel will provide 250 hp and torque of 440 lb-ft. A 3.0-liter Power Stroke V-6 diesel will come in the combination with the 10-speed automatic transmission. The diesel-powered F-150 will allow the towing capacity of up to 11, 400 pounds. The payload maximum will go 20 pounds over 2000.
As for the fuel economy, the two-wheel drive versions will archive 30 mpg on the highway as Ford promised. EPA also rated this version to 22 mpg city and 25 mpg combined. The four-wheel drive rig will, however, reduce this score to 20/25/22 mpg city/ highway/combined.
2019 Ford F-150 Diesel: Arrival, Price
The 2019 Ford F-150 Diesel will enter the stage by the end of the year. Expect it to cost as much as $4000 more than gas-powered equivalent. So, the cheapest Power Stroke F-150 will stay around $45, 000.