It’s kinda like having a Raptor if the Raptor were wearing a suit and tie. That is how one might describe this latest news from truck country: the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited is getting the Raptor’s high-output EcoBoost V6. The “Limited” trim is exactly how it sounds – it’s the fanciest F-150 on the mountain, likely described as “loaded” by the dealer.
In this instance, it’s about combining the best of both words, something Ford says their customers wanted.
“They wanted more power, so we combined Raptor’s engine with Limited’s business-class features to deliver Baja fierceness, boardroom style, and the grit to tackle tough jobs,” said Todd Eckert, Ford Truck Group Marketing Manager.
Power & Performance
With the Raptor’s engine, the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited should provide plenty of grit. We recently dove the new PowerStroke diesel F-150 and thought the same thing – now we’re talking 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft. of torque, which means Ford has the most powerful truck in the segment at the moment. The high-output EcoBoost is attached to a 10-speed automatic.
An added bonus is the new dual exhaust system, which Ford says is “smoothly integrated into new rear bumper cutouts.”
Translation: we copied Ram.
Red Carpet Treatment
Premium amenities include a Miko suede headliner, leather-topped instrument panel, and Camel Back two-tone leather seats. The front seats have the “Active Motion” feature, meaning they provide extra lumbar support with a massage function for those longer trips.
“It was important for us to get this interior just right as we continue to raise the bar for premium pickup trucks,” said Aileen Barraza, Ford Color and Materials Manager. “The materials we chose to incorporate are authentic, distinctive, and durable.”
Ford’s designers didn’t leave anything to chance – they wanted the F-150 Limited to be tough, like a truck should be, but as elegant as a luxury car.
“The gradated ash swirl trim is like something you see in a fine instrument,” Barraza continued. “Each piece is hand-finished, and a halo around the edges with a heavily polished center really brings out the natural beauty of this wood.”
Even the holes in the micro-perforated leather are enlarged to improve the cooling performance of the ventilated captain’s chairs. There’s a heated steering wheel, twin-panel moonroof, and a special laser-etched plaque on the center console armrest which displays the truck’s serial number.
“F-150 Limited customers create their own success,” Eckert explained. “The truck is their reward.”
Technology & Availability
Years ago, a tape player was considered a luxury in trucks, but the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited comes to the party with a standard B&O PLAY audio system by HARMAN. Toss in the Wi-Fi access for up to 10 devices and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and it’s a rolling hot spot.
Those big towing jobs are helped along by an integrated trailer brake controller and a 360-degree camera with a split-view display, useful when hitching up. Optional is the Pro Trailer Backup Assist feature; drivers rotate a knob to control its direction, with the F-150 automatically steering to follow the course selected.
Expect the 2019 Ford-150 Limited in dealerships later this year.
Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan. He studies mechanical engineering at Wayne State University, serves on the Board of Directors for the Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation, and is a loyal Detroit Lions fan.