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FORD F-150 LIGHTNING COMING BACK, BUT NOT LIKE YOU THINK

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Electric Ford F-150 Lightning EV pickup truck
Photo via Top Electric SUV

Ford engineers and marketers openly told MC&T that there’s little incentive for the company to produce a pickup truck that solely focuses on street performance, as seen with the Ford F-150 Lightning of yore. Similar remarks have come from officials at Stellantis when asked about a street-performance truck based on the Ram 1500 TRX. Ultimately, high performance truck customers want the duality of ample power and performance for the street – which both the Ram TRX and Ford F-150 Raptor have – while being capable of taking that same power and performance to sandy dunes, rocky trails, and muddy clearings. Yet the Ford F-150 Lightning name appears primed for a comeback.

F-150 Lightning Name Confirmed In Leaked Document?

According to Car & Driver, the upcoming Ford F-150 EV will come with the Lightning name branded on it, foregoing other names such as E-150 and F-150 Electric. And, like the F-150 Lightning from the 1990s, this purely electric pickup truck is bound to leap off the starting line with the incredible vigor that electric vehicles have become known for. The all-electric F-150 is expected to launch as soon as next year, just behind the  Rivian R1T (summer 2021) and Hummer EV (late 2021).

Electric Ford F-150 Lightning Teaser Photo Video
Image Via Ford.

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Details

While Ford Motor Company hasn’t officially confirmed use of the Lightning name just yet, the electric Ford F-150 has been teased and detailed in multiple ways up to this point. Ford CEO Jim Farley even hinted at the price of the upcoming F-150 EV, saying it won’t go after the $100,000-plus truck market, as seen with the Hummer EV pickup truck, and noted that Ford’s upcoming electric vehicles will fall between $20,000 and $70,000. A Cox Automotive survey also pointed to strong anticipation for the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning, claiming buyers want it more than they want the Tesla Cybertruck. Adding to that is the fact that Ford officially announced that the company will increase its capacity to build the upcoming electric F-150, which will be assembled exclusively at the Rouge truck plant in Michigan.

Now, various leaks and spy photos shed even more details. For example, camouflaged prototypes of the electric Ford F-150 elude to its center console being a massive touchscreen a la Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV, while other photos have caught glimpses of its independent rear suspension. A patent drawing also hinted at a possible “toolbox” style range extender for the truck, while another teaser photo from Ford may have hinted as a possible off-road variant. The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning will also differentiate itself from the gasoline and hybrid F-150 pickup trucks with a unique LED lighting signature pattern, a solid grille insert, and other minor tweaks.

Ford F-150 Electric EV Tremor 4x4 Pickup truck
Image via Ford.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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