The official launch of the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning happened last night and there were some shocking numbers thrown about – starting with the starting price: $39,974, before any credits!!! Of course that’s not the one you or I will actually want – it’s a base, commercial-oriented trim level. Optioned out it’ll top off at around $90k – similar to a King Ranch if you tick all the boxes in a traditional F-150.
Note: although the quoted prices are in U.S. dollars, Ford tend to keep their Canadian products very similar in Canadian dollars.
The mid-level XLT models will start from $52,974 (before rebates) – again very similar to the traditional F-150 XLT price. The Canadian government will give you $5,000 off that in a rebate, if you’re fortunate to live in Quebec or B.C. you’ll get provincial rebates on top of that. Prospective customers can reserve theirs at Ford’s website now with a $100 deposit.
The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning will arrive next spring, 2022.
“We’re not just electrifying fringe vehicles. The Mustang & the F-150 are the heart of what Ford is, so this is a signal about how serious we are about electrification.
This really showcases where the industry can go & should go.”
~ Ford Chairman, William Ford Jr.
Looking at the other numbers…
- 4 Trim levels: Fleet, XLT, Lariat and Platinum
- 2 Battery Packs: Standard Range battery/ dual-motor and Extended Range/ dual-motor – meaning 4×4… all the time
- Ford wanted to ensure that the F-150 Lightning’s battery will be able to cope in tough driving conditions, including towing heavy trailers, payload and off-roading – the battery packs are designed for the entire life of the vehicle
- The power operated Frunk is a very useful 400 litres (14.1 cu-ft) and up to 400 lbs. of payload
- The Lightning will also be the first F-Series truck to feature an independent rear suspension
- Using a 150kW DC public fast charger, the F-150 Lightning requires 41 minutes to charge from 15 to 80%
- 0-60 mph sprint in the mid-4 seconds (Extended Range)
- Ford’s “Intelligent Range Software” displays the remaining driving range – taking into account things like payload and towing for a more accurate prediction and adjust its prediction accordingly
- On-board scales to ensure you don’t over-tax the vehicle – surely this is a first in any vehicle! PIC – int 16
- One-person “Smart Hitch” using you mobile phone
- output of 426 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque
- driving range: 230 miles (370 kms)
- Payload capability is rated at up to 2,000 lbs
- Towing capacity is rated at up to 7,700 lbs
- Two lithium-ion battery pack options will be available: an entry-level unit targeting 230 miles (370 kms) of driving range and the extended range battery is estimated at 300 miles (482 kms)
- An optional 48A house charger will charge the battery from 15 to 100% in around 10 hours
- output of 563 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque
- driving range: 300 miles (482 kms)
- Payload capability is rated at up to 1,800 lbs
- Towing capacity is rated at up to 10,000 lbs
- Combined with the dual charger and plugged into an 80A house charger, charging will take from 15 to 100% in about 8 hours
The Standard Range battery will get an 11.3 kW single charger
The Extended Range battery will get a dual charger – up to 19.2 kW – this is designed to offer the fastest possible charging times, to the limits of the SAE charging standards
“Our Customers Didn’t Want Their Truck To Look Like A Doorstop”
The front end will be available with three different “grille” designs, and in the higher-end Lariat and Platinum trim levels, the front and rear e will be dominated by new LED light bars that span the width of the truck in the pictures provided.
Jasen Turnbull, Ford F-150 Lightning Marketing Manager said: “Our customers told us they want something modern and advanced but didn’t want their truck to look like a doorstop or a spaceship, we made sure that the F-150 Lightning stayed true to the Ford truck DNA.”
The new F-150 Lightning is the first F-150 equipped with Ford’s latest SYNC4A infotainment system, just like the one in the Mustang Mach-E. This only is standard in the Lariat and Platinum editions. Using a 15.5-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen display, it features “natural voice control,” cloud-connected navigation, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as over-the-air software updates which are going to be the norm for all Ford vehicles in the future.
Also optional in the F-150 Lightning will be Ford’s BlueCruise hands-free L2 driver-assistance system, which can be enabled on more than 100,000 miles (160,000 kms) of pre-qualified divided highways in the U.S. and Canada. At present this is an $800 non-option on the regular F-150 and will go live later this year.
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