2019 Silverado Rival: Ford F-150 Limited Gains Raptor’s 450-Hp Engine12
Ahead of the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500‘s launch this fall, Ford has updated its range-topping F-150 Limited. The posh pickup will now ship with the same 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that powers the rugged F-150 Raptor.
With 450 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque, the F-150 is now the most powerful light-duty pickup on sale. The 2019 Silverado’s highest output engine will be the 6.2-liter L87 V8 engine, which makes 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque.
The F-150 Limited also calls into question how well the 2019 Silverado will manage in the luxo-truck spectrum (though the 2019 GMC Sierra Denali will likely take care of that segment). Chevy will offer the LTZ and High Country variants to appeal to buyers looking for more luxurious pickups, but Ford has upped the ante with more premium trimmings.
The 2019 F-150 Limited will feature a suede headliner, leather-topped dashboard, heated and ventilated front-row captain’s chairs, and seats with a lumbar and massage function.
In the grander scheme of things, we do hope Chevrolet has a proper Raptor rival under development. The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is a fun thing, but it’s no match for the high-power Raptor.
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Put the Z06/ZL1 blown V8 in the Silverado, it’s what your core customers want…
I’d be happier with a LT-2 and 470-490hp at a more affordable price.
The Denali for sure needed to go further upmarket. I think they fell short, as per usual. Even the Ram Limited has REAL leather on the dash. I don’t believe that a Denali should be using a rubberized material. It should be all authentic, and to that matter, I think it’s disappointing that the Denali only has an 8″ screen. They should have put the 10″ one from the CT6 in there to add a little extra punch.
If GM pulled out the stops, and dropped an LT4-like blown 6.2 (less boost for durability in towing applications – maybe 550-575 hp) in a Denali, it would be a decade before Ford could compete with that offering. You fight wars with the army you have, not the one you wish you had. The Gen V small blocks are so superior to what Ford has today that it’s inexcusable that GM doesn’t lead with them in truck wars. I’m not a Denali “guy,” but you can bet I’d pony up the cash if it was the only way I could get an LT4 in my truck.
I hope the Silverado ZR2 has the LT4.
Why is it that Ford was the only company to upgrade the performance of their powertrains or offer something stronger?
Is GM watching? I know performance isn’t everything but it does feel better when you buy a brand new truck that it is better then the one your replacing..
EXACTLY! Why would I replace my ’16 SLT 6.2 with a ’19 anything? For the push button start? For the 2 extra gears? No! I’ll keep until there’s something better, or I rack up too many miles.
Make a higher HP engine an option then people can choose. No supercharger in a truck.
The future could be more based on engine we will see in the coming Corvette. Turbo and multi valve?
They are going to have to move to these for emissions. Not my opinion but what one of the GM engineers said about the future a while back.
The difference is that after 100k + miles the 6.2L in the GM trucks will still be trucking long after that little V6 in the Fords become unglued. I just never trusted small displacement engines in applications like a truck.
4.2tt Sierra Denali……….
If the EPA numbers are true there isn’t much better efficiency than the previous model, maybe real world fuel economy but not much better on paper. So it’s lighter, more gears, and better high tech fuel deactivation but still not much of an improvement in fuel economy and no improvement under the hood.. I would be more acceptable to it if they had small gain in fuel economy but have a good solid 20-35 horsepower gain and a good solid 30+ lbs/ft. I know that sounds redicilous but the 5.3 needs a power bump and it just seems like GM have been ignoring that fact.. I could do easy tunes on the aftermarket but that would void the warranty.
I get it, GM still wants to push fuel economy even after slacking regulations. But I want a good combo of capability and power.. I’m no Ford fan but they have been keeping up with there customer.. this is kind of silly..
For years Ford may have been the sales leader in trucks, but not neccessarily the maker of the best trucks. But these days , with the new F-150 refresh – even I – a Ford hater; have to admit that Ford is the current benchmark in full size trucks. With Ram trucks a close second. GM is a solid third.
GM seems like they are phoning it in these days. Solid trucks, but definately not leaders in style, performance, or capability. Hopefully these newer GM trucks are as relIable as thier conservative design philosophy projects them to be.