When will the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning get here? This EV truck is more anticipated than Ford even thought possible, something that’s evident in the fact that the automaker is still playing catch-up on orders made during the previous model year. If you’re hoping to get your hands on the 2023 truck, our preview guide is here to let you know what to expect!
What’s new for the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning?
Ford is rolling out a new version of the F-150 Lightning EV truck, the Pro SSV, built especially for police departments. As far as civilians are concerned, though, the 2023 F-150 Lightning carries over from its debut model year unchanged!
How much can the 2023 Ford F-150 tow and haul? How long does the battery last?
As with any truck, the F-150 Lightning’s tow and haul ratings vary according to powertrain and equipment. With the standard-range battery pack, you can haul max payloads of 2,235 pounds. The larger, extended-range battery reduces payload ratings slightly, to 1,850 pounds.
With the Max Trailer Tow package, the larger battery pack helps the Pro, XLT, and Lariat models tow max loads of 10,000 pounds. The Platinum’s tow rating maxes out at 8,500 pounds.
The 2023 F-150 Lightning will likely return with the same battery options as last year:
- Standard-range 98-kWh battery: 452 horsepower, 775 lb-ft of torque, 230 miles
- Extended-range 131-kWh battery: 580 hp, 775 lb-ft, 320 miles
Should we find out that Ford has tweaked the 2023 battery options to provide more power or range, we’ll update this space accordingly!
What else do I need to know about the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning?
When it comes to trim models, the F-150 Lightning offers four choices: the entry-level Pro, modern XLT, upscale Lariat, and extremely posh Platinum.
The Pro not only has the lowest price tag, but it’s also handsomely equipped with dual-zone automatic climate control, a 12-inch central touchscreen, and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment connectivity. On the other hand, the Pro does feel a little basic, with vinyl seating and flooring.
Move up to the XLT for desirable features like cloth seating and carpeted floors. This F-150 Lightning also opens the door to desirable options, including the Pro Power Onboard station, an electrical generator that powers up your tools or camping gear.
The Lariat is big on style, with leather upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats. It also gets a bigger 15.5-inch touchscreen display and an eight-speaker B&O premium sound system. You can add the Blue Cruise semi-autonomous driving system to the Lariat, which gives you hands-free driving on pre-mapped divided highways.
The Platinum model adds to the aforementioned luxury features with upgraded leather upholstery and front seats with massage functions. This truck also comes standard with the Max Trailer Tow package and the Ford Charge Station Pro, the latter of which will be installed in your home.
When can I order a 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning?
The next F-150 Lightning is almost here, with production beginning in October. Ford is still playing catch-up with orders for the EV truck, so they’re not currently taking orders for the new truck. Instead, you can make a reservation for the F-150 Lightning, and Ford will invite you to place an order at a later date. Ford is inviting reservation holders to order their F-150 Lightning at staggered dates in order to catch up on the orders they are still processing!