Could it be finally there? And what would 2019 Ford F-250 Super Chief Concept look like now? Well, the first concept is still interesting with its idea of three fuels. According to the initial plan, the Super Chief would be a truck that can create power from ethanol, hydrogen, and gasoline. Ever since 2006, no official moves were made. Now, rumors about the production model are not fading out. With the idea of the new Ford F-150 as a hybrid model, we can ask if Super Chief has something to do with it.
We will try to answer to question if the 2019 Ford F-250 Super Chief finally enters production. We’ve been gathering official info and unofficial gossips for some while, and the truck still seems to have chances to appear next year. Well, the pickup will not feature its three-fuel system, since neither ethanol or hydrogen are so popular nowadays. But, in future, we could see Ford F-250 Super Chief as a part of the electrification process, in which the Blue Oval company invests over $5 billion.
2019 Ford F-250 Super Chief Concept vs Reality
The first concept from 2006 had some stunning features. We already mentioned three-fuel drivetrain. The 2019 Ford F-250 Super Chief, if it comes into production in form from more than ten years ago, will be stunning. However, we believe it won’t happen. Why? Hydrogen fuel cells are still young and not so implemented into much smaller vehicles. Also, it is hard to imagine such a big truck, as it is F-250, with something else that is not petrol or diesel. Furthermore, the best-selling versions of the truck are high-output diesel models that can tow over 10,000 pounds.
On the other hand, Ford always has some ace up their sleeve. We can’t say no to something that exists. The Blue Oval company surprised us many times, we just can’t be sure the 2019 Ford F-250 Super Chief is not coming.
2019 Ford F-250 Super Chief vs F-150 Hybrid
If the Ford F-150 Hybrid existed, then our opinions about the 2019 Ford F-250 Super Chief would be different. Without any other hybrid truck on the market, it is hard to speak of the heavy-duty model with hydrogen or ethanol powertrain. But recently, Ford announced a plan of electrification. Over 20 models will get hybrid engines soon. Earlier we could hear first rumors about the legendary pickup getting an electric battery next to its petrol engine. But, Ford turned to utility, rather to the environment. Instead of hybrid F-150, we will have a diesel drivetrain. The idea of 2019 Ford F-250 Super Chief could be used when building its siblings. Experts are sure the smaller pickup will arrive first.
2019 Ford F-250 Super Chief Production Changes
Before the 2019 Ford F-250 Super Chief enters production, it will have to go through a redesign process once more. The concept we saw in 2006 would be futuristic in 2019. But, if bosses want to succeed with Super Chief, they will have to revisit it. But well, that is a destiny of most concept vehicles. No matter how attractive or perfect they seem to be, versions we see on the streets are always much different.
Interior of the 2019 Ford F-250 Super Chief will be very similar to the regular Super Duty truck. We will see which trim levels will be used. According to old stories, King Ranch will take this engine prototype, and the truck will use a Super Crew cab configuration. The highlight of the 2006 concept were suicide doors. Not too many vehicles are using them, and the Super Chief would be the unique truck if these hit the production.
Ok, the most interesting part of the 2019 Ford F-250 Super Chief is its three-fuel drive system. How does it work? Simple. Drivers can switch between each fuel very easy. Hydrogen cell is the highlight here. By using it, F-250 Super Chief truck can develop 400 lb-ft of torque. Also, it will be able to go over 500 miles between refuels. A rear-wheel drive is standard, while the AWD is optional.
Hydrogen is improving fuel economy and cuts emissions by 99 percent. It is environmental- and fuel-friendly solution, whose development is not so cheap. So, when the 2019 Ford F-250 Super Chief enters the production, it will appear in dealerships with a hefty price.
Can Ford F-250 Super Chief appear in 2019?
We believe this is possible. The company is going to revisit a concept. After 13 years it will need some modifications. However, the base is there and employers won’t have as much work as before 2006 platform was introduced. Fans still can read reports about the production, but we would rather talk about the revisited concept. With hydrogen fuel technology being still very expensive, the truck is not going to appear so soon. After 2020 we can discuss it, but in 2019 all we can get is another platform. Besides that, Ford is preparing a new generation of its heavy-duty trucks. This segment creates the most profit, so the focus will be on the F-250/350 lineup.