Sneak Peek: The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning
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It only makes sense that a truck with a moniker like “Lightning” be all-electric. And the 2022 reinvention of this iconic street truck is.
The Ford F-150 SVT Lightning first made a name for itself in the 1990s. History repeats itself next year with the release of the new electric truck with dual-motor setup and all-wheel drive, in direct competition with the Tesla CyberTruck.
But the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning isn’t a street truck anymore. It looks a lot like any other F-series pickup, so it’s more of a complete overhaul for what is anticipated to be an immensely popular truck.
What’s Unique About the New Ford F-150 Lightning?
Surprisingly, this electric-powered truck should reach 60 miles per hour more quickly than any other F-Series truck, with a driving range of 300 miles on one of two lithium-ion battery packs.
It’s less flash and more substance than other electric trucks, like the new Hummer EV. The Lightning will be available as a SuperCrew with a 5.5 short bed — but it’s still an inch longer and 1.7 inches taller than the gas-powered F-150.
Expect two powertrain options, with the smaller one rated at 426 horsepower and the larger a total of 563. Every F-150 Lightning will come with a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive setup, and 775 pound-feet of torque.
The Lightning employs an independent rear suspension, unlike the standard F-150, and we expect it will handle quite well, thanks to a slightly lower center of gravity.
Perhaps best of all, the truck can power your entire home for three days if the power goes out, so add it to your natural disaster preparedness kit. The onboard power system provides either 2.4 or 2.5 kilowatts of power.
Because it’s all electric, you get a heck of a lot more covered storage room with the F-150 Lightning. The front trunk can hold 14 cubic feet of stuff weighing up to 400 pounds. You can store food and drinks in a basin in the floor of it, and charge equipment with four electrical outlets and two USB ports.
Will It Have that V8 Rumble? Maybe.
The F-150 Lightning has four drive modes, depending on the terrain you’re covering: Normal, Sport, Off-Road, and Towing. This is reminiscent of the new Bronco’s GOAT modes, but formatted for a working man’s electric truck.
And as for the rumble you’re accustomed to when driving a powerful truck? A fake propulsion sound pumps through the cabin, if you wish, much like the Mustang Mach-E’s Unbridled mode.
Is Ford Hands-Free Driving Available?
To compete with the likes of Tesla, Ford’s BlueCruise technology is an option for this truly cool truck. It works on 100,000 miles of highways in North America.
Updates are sent straight to the truck with “Power Ups,” which could even upgrade existing features or improve the mechanical performance.
What Does This New Ford F-150 Model Share with Other F-Series Pickups?
The Lightning’s towing capacity is slightly diminished; it can handle up to 10,000 pounds, about 4,000 less than the most powerful F-150. The truck’s onboard scales let you know when you reach the 2,000-pound payload capacity, too.
The interior is much the same, including big-screen heads-up displays and a 12-inch digital gauge cluster and touchscreen (although the higher trim levels have a 15.5-inch touchscreen).
What’s Up with the Ford Lightning Pro?
Ford recently announced that the F-150 Lightning Pro will be available as a commercial trim level to the new electric truck lineup. The Pro trim level will start at just below $40,000, making it an affordable addition to a work truck fleet, especially with gas costs eliminated.
The Pro Power Onboard in the Lightning Pro offers 2.4 kilowatts of power through four trunk-based outlets, two in the cabin, and two in the bed. Up the kilowatts to 9.6 to get two more 120-volt AC outlets and a 240-volt AC outlet.
The Pro comes in the standard single body size — the five-passenger SuperCrew with 5.5-foot bed and a Class IV hitch. Inside, the new Intelligent Range system calculates how many miles are left on the battery, taking into account terrain, weather, payload, and towing loads.
How Much Does the Ford F-150 Lightning Cost?
Ford Motor Company announced the 2022 Ford LIghtning will be on sale in the spring of next year. The base version will start around $42,000, increasing in price as you climb the trim levels.
We anticipate the Lariat version will run about $59,000. Fully loaded, you’re looking at $90,000. All will have a mandatory delivery charge for special orders.
Where Can I Find a 2020 F-150 Lighting Truck for Sale?
Learn how placing a reservation works by contacting Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas. You can place your truck reservation directly with Ford for just $100 down.
Then, when your truck is built, it will arrive at Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas, where you can complete your paperwork and pick it up.
Of course, if you’d rather, you can browse our huge inventory of new and used F-150 trucks for sale at our Ford dealership just outside of Kansas City. You’ll find traditional gasoline and hybrid trucks for sale, and our customer focused team can help you drive away the very same day in your new Ford truck.
Browse the F-150s we have in stock, or call us about placing a special order for the new Ford Lightning.