Ford has excellent news for potential electrical F-150 Lightning patrons. On Tuesday, the Blue Oval stated that it is reopening the order banks for the electrical pickup, including vary and its Pro Trailer Hitch Assist Technology. However, it is also elevating the value of the truck.
The vary of the usual F-150 Lightning will now have an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated of 240 miles on a cost, up from 230 miles. The vary for the Extended battery doesn’t change.
Both battery layouts, Standard and Extended, include two electrical motors within the Lighting. In the Standard model they’re good for 452 horsepower and 775 pound-feet of torque. The dearer Extended-Range battery delivers 580 horsepower and the identical 775 pound-feet.
Pro Trailer Hitch Assist is new to the Lightning and robotically controls steering, throttle and brakes to make hitching trailers simpler. Pro Trailer Hitch Assist is normal on the Tow Technology Package, which is obtainable on Pro, XLT and Lariat trims. It’s normal on sure Lariat trims and the Platinum trim.
Two new colours can be found for the 2023 mannequin together with Avalanche Gray and Azure Gray metallic tri-coat. They exchange Atlas Blue, Ice Blue Silver and Smoked Quartz Metallic and be part of Rapid Red, a darkish blue and several other shades of grey and silver.
The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning will see its first worth improve since its launch in May 2021, although it notes that each one orders thus far could have their producer’s steered retail worth honored. Ford says that the rise is because of greater materials prices and different elements.
“Current order holders awaiting delivery are not impacted by these price adjustments,” Marin Gjaja, chief buyer officer, Model e, stated in a press release. “We’ve announced pricing ahead of re-opening order banks so our reservation holders can make an informed decision around ordering a Lightning.”
The base Pro mannequin, which you do not have to be an expert to purchase, will now value $46,975 earlier than vacation spot and dealing with. That’s a rise of about $7,000. The F-150 Lightning XLT was $52,974 and now begins at $59,474 for a $6,500 improve. The remainder of the trims have near the identical worth improve. The most costly Platinum Extended Range Lightning now begins at $96,874.
Ford says in a press launch that “Lightning reservation holders who previously received an invitation to order, but who elected to extend their reservation because their vehicle specification was unavailable, will receive a private offer for use in upcoming waves.”
It’s at present the third all-electric pickup in the marketplace after the Rivian R1T and GMC Hummer EV.
“Ford’s F-150 Lightning has really helped the blue oval carve away its own bigger slice of the EV market share, delivering an impressive and capable truck — as promised— to customers in every corner of this country,” Robby DeGraff, trade analyst at AutoPacific instructed Newsweek.
“But even stellar new products aren’t immune to these lingering supply chain and materials costs issues plaguing the industry, and as such Ford has had to raise pricing. I hope this price bump is just temporary given the circumstances and in time we’ll maybe see starting MSRPs creep back down, but with more range, color choices, and helpful features added, the F-150 Lightning still remains an excellent buy.”