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2019 Ford F-150: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - April 02, 2018
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Model Preview

Following its 2015 redesign, the F-150 went through a few significant powertrain updates for 2017 and 2018. When the 2019 F-150 arrives, though, we don’t expect to see any noteworthy changes.

As a carryover model, no major updates are expected for the 2019 F-150’s looks. We could see a few new colors added and maybe some trim updates, but nothing is confirmed yet. Inside, we expect much of the same, as the F-150 should continue with its functional and comfortable cabin that can get downright luxurious in higher trims.

With no changes in the works, we also expect the 2019 F-150’s list of standard features to remain the same. If this proves true, we expect it to include 17-inch wheels, manual windows, vinyl floors, an AM/FM radio, manual locks, air conditioning, and a tilt and telescoping steering wheel.

While those features may sound overly simple, buyers must keep in mind that the lower-trimmed F-150s are aimed at work use, not pleasure. To get into the more passenger-focused F-150s, buyers may want to start from the XLT trim.

Under the 2019 F-150’s hood, we expect its plethora of ever-changing engines to remain the same. If this proves to be the case, the base engine will remain the new-for-2018 3.3-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque.

2018 Ford F-150

The next step up is a revised-for-2018 2.7-liter turbocharged V6 with 325 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. Moving up to the 5.0-liter V8 gets you 395 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque.

Finally, the 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 has two power levels: 375 hp and 470 lb-ft in standard models, and 450 hp and 510 lb-ft in the beastly Raptor. Every engine except the base V6 pairs with a 10-speed automatic transmission – the base 3.3-liter keeps things old-school with its six-speed automatic.

Pickup trucks are notoriously terrible in IIHS safety tests, but the current Ford F-150 is a rare exception, earning Top Safety Pick honors both in its extended-cab and crew-cab configurations. It nearly hit the Top Safety Pick+ mark, but its “Poor” headlight tests knocked it down a notch. One thing to keep in mind is that this IIHS Top Safety Pick rating is with optional automatic emergency braking. We expect these ratings to all remain the same for 2019.

Pricing & Release Date

We expect the 2019 F-150’s production to kick off in October, which would put it on pace for a late-fall or early-winter arrival in showrooms.

Because there are no changes in store for the 2019 F-150, we expect its pricing to remain close to the 2018 model, which ranges from $29,100 to $65,670 (destination fees included).

Notable competitors include the Chevy Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500 and RAM 1500.

Learn about the current F-150 on sale now »

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Pictured: 2018 F-150

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