Next-Gen 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning XLT, Colors, MPG – Ford has launched its most ambitious invention since the Model T, the all-electric F-150 Lightning, a swift and capable pickup vehicle that produces no emissions. The Lightning is based on the conventional F-150 in terms of exterior and interior design. Still, it replaces the gasoline-powered V-6 and V-8 engine choices with electric motors and a selection of two battery packs. According to the manufacturer, the Standard-Range battery can go up to 230 miles on a single charge, while the Extended-Range storm can travel up to 320 miles on a single charge. It’s not even the first electric pickup truck released this year; GMC’s Hummer EV SUT and Rivian’s R1T debuted. However, neither of those trucks has the reputation of the F-150, and the base price of the electric version of America’s favorite truck is far lower than that of its competitors.
No matter the engine or lack thereof, the 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning is a fantastic pickup truck. The Lightning is a more environmentally friendly version of the standard Ford F-150, including all of that truck’s best features. The Lightning’s powerful all-electric motor provides an instantaneous response, up to 320 miles per charge range, and a substantial 10,000-pound towing capability. It’s spacious enough for people and baggage, and the ride is smooth and enjoyable, even in heavy traffic or on the highway. In addition, it has several practical technological branches, such as the hands-free driving aid BlueCruise and a two-way charging system that can supply energy to a complete construction site (or even a house during an outage).
Next-Gen 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning Redesign
The Lightning is virtually equal in size to a regular crew cab while being built differently than the gas-powered F-150. Unlike the forthcoming Chevrolet Silverado 1500 EV, the Lightning’s cab and 5.5-foot bed are shared with the standard F-150. But some critical parts have been changed, such as the wheels, grille, headlights, and taillights.
These aesthetics vary by trim level, with the entry-level Pro appearing like a standard F-150. It has a plain plastic grille with no flashy LEDs on top. The Lariat model gets a horizontal light bar in the back, while the XLT adds a light bar to the front. There are eleven colors to choose from: Agate Black Metallic, Antimatter Blue Metallic, Atlas Blue Metallic, Carbonized Gray Metallic, Iced Blue Silver, Iconic Silver Metallic, Oxford White, Rapid Red Metallic Tinted, Smoked Quartz Metallic, Star White Metallic, and Stone Grey Metallic.
The F-150 Lightning Pro and the XLT come standard with macho 18-inch alloys, while the XLT may be outfitted with the same 20-inch Dark Carbonized Grey wheels that come standard on the Lariat. The only way to obtain the dazzling 22-inch wheels is to pay for the top-tier Platinum variant. Subtle blue “Lightning” badging appears on the bed of all trims, and a great American flag and lightning bolt emblem are shown on the tailgate. We applaud Ford’s decision to make the Lightning seem like previous Ford models rather than to create an entirely new style for it. We think Ford made a good decision by sticking to what truck buyers are used to.
The inside of the F-150 Lightning is identical to that of the gasoline-powered F-150, except for a larger touchscreen display and a larger front trunk. Only one body style is available for the F-150 Lightning: the crew cab with a short bed measuring only 5.5 feet long. Most consumers will likely prefer the large four-door cabin, although Ford may eventually offer regular (two-door) and SuperCab (rear half-door) options. The F-150 Lightning has a big front trunk that can hold up to 400 pounds of cargo. It does this using the space the truck’s engine usually takes up in the standard F-150.
The base model comes with Ford’s Sync 4 infotainment system, which has a 12-inch touchscreen; the Lariat and Platinum trim upgrade to 15-inch screens. Ford’s optional Bang & Olufsen premium audio systems will have 18 speakers in the Platinum trim and eight in the Lariat trim. The vehicle comes equipped with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, built-in navigation, and a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Two electric motors and all-wheel drive are standard on all F-150 Lightning variants. The combined output of the motors is 452 horsepower when using the standard-range battery and 580 horsepower when using the extended-range battery, with a peak torque of 775 pound-feet in both cases. Even though it’s a large truck, it moves rather quickly. We timed the Lightning Platinum at 4.0 to 60 mph and 12.7 seconds to traverse the quarter mile at 107 mph. We were impressed by the LIGHTNING’s lightning-fast acceleration and the fact that it retained the conventional F-150’s opulent road characteristics. By reducing body roll, Lightning’s lower center of gravity makes driving a little easier, especially around corners.
Ford designed the F-150 Lightning to double as a backup generator and claims that a fully charged truck can provide enough power for an ordinary home for three days without the grid. Ford estimates a 230-mile range for the base 98.0-kWh battery and a 320-mile range for the bigger 131.0-kWh pack. Our highway range test at 75 mph revealed that the Lightning Platinum has 230 miles of range. When plugged into a public DC fast-charging station, Ford claims the F-150 Lightning can charge from 15% to 80% in 44 minutes, and buyers will be able to set their trucks at home using either a 110-volt or a 220-volt outlet.
The EPA has given the F-150 Lightning Extended-Range a rating of up to 78 MPGe in the city and 63 MPGe on the highway; the standard-range vehicles are slightly less efficient, with ratings of 76 MPGe in the city and 61 MPGe on the road. Just 54 MPGe was achieved when we had the Lightning Platinum. Check the EPA’s website for details on the F-150 Lightning’s gas mileage.
Next-Gen 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning Release Date and Price
The starting price for the 2024 Ford F-150 Lightning is $39,974. Compared to electric pickups like the Rivian R1T and the GMC Hummer EV, that’s a steal, but it’s generally on the pricier side for full-size pickup trucks. The XLT and Lariat trim levels are the midpoints between the base and the highest trim levels, and they cost $52,974 and $67,474, respectively. The base price of an F-150 Lightning Platinum model is $90,874. It has been confirmed that the Ford F-150 Lightning will debut in the United States in the summer of 2024.