If you’ve ever found yourself saying, “I love the massive amounts of available power that the Ford Raptor has, I just wish it were inside a truck that screams ‘BUSINESSMAN’,” then step right up, the Blue Oval has a truck just for you.
New for the 2019 model year, Ford has placed the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that powers the F-150 Raptor into its highest F-150 trim level, the Limited. The engine gives the Limited 450 horsepower and 510 lb. ft. of torque, which are pretty healthy increases from the 375 hp and 470 lb. ft. found on the 2018 Limited. Ford’s also thrown in a new dual exhaust system that integrates the exhaust tips into the bumper.
Ford’s announcement for the new Limited did not include pricing details, so it’s unclear how the new engine will affect the cost of the truck. The current 2018 model year Limited starts at just north of $61,000.
Calling the 2019 F-150 Limited a “reward” for customers of the truck who “create their own success,” Ford marketing manager Todd Eckert says the automaker heard from Limited customers that while they love the luxe trim, there just wasn’t enough raw power under the hood.
“They wanted more power, so we combined Raptor’s engine with Limited’s business-class featurs to deliver Baja fierceness, boardroom style and the grit to tackle tough jobs,” Eckert says.
Though Ram has gotten a lot of attention in the last few years for its luxury trims like the Laramie Longhorn, Ford has shown no signs of letting its competition lay claim to that costly crown. In October Ford introduced what it called the “redefinition” of the luxury pickup in the 2018 Ford F-450 Limited—its first $100,000 pickup. Now it’s dropped an engine capable of powering a supercar into the little brother F-150 Limited. But the truck’s engineers say that power can’t be the whole story when it comes to luxury trucks.
Comfort is pretty important, too.
For 2019, the F-150 Limited boasts a Miko suede headliner and an instrument panel and door panels topped with leather. The “multicontour” front seats are outfitted in Camel Back two-tone leather and provide back massages and lumbar support. The driver’s seat is venitlated, and in cold months the heated steering wheel will keep hands warm.
Apparently the wood trim is really nice, too.
“The gradated ash swirl trim is like something you see in a fine instrument,” says Ford color and materials manager Aileen Barraza. “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.”
Signature, standard Limited exterior features include:
- Raised Limited lettering on the hood
- Polished 22-inch aluminum wheels
- Satin-finish grille and tailgate applique
- Satin-finish window trim and door handles
- Power-deployable running boards
- Remote start
- Tailgate release
- Twin-panel moonroof
There’s quite a bit of tech to be found inside the truck as well. The Limited includes the following:
- Integrated trailer brake controller
- 360-degree camera with split-view display
- Dynamic hitch assist
- [Optional] Pro Trailer Backup Assist
- Adaptive cruise control
- Pre-collision assist with emergency braking
- Active park assist for parallel parking
- Lane Keeping system
- SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- 4G LTE modem for Wi-Fi
- B&O Play audio system