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The Ford F-150 Lightning has a better range than expected

The new feature makes its debut with the F-150 Lightning.
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Ford's recent vehicle releases have generated huge interest and excitement, which has turned into big demand for the new models. The Bronco and Mustang Mach-E have both seen extended wait times for new orders, and are generally well-reviewed. The F-150 Lightning is coming soon as Ford's first electric pickup truck, and while it's already generated an astonishing number of reservations, its range estimates were just finalized and they're better than initially expected, which will likely stoke demand even more.

Ford F-150 LightningFirst-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubledautomotivemap.com

The 320-mile range estimate is 20 miles longer than Ford's original estimates, and puts the F-150 Lightning in a strong position. That said, the higher range number is only available on the XLT, Lariat, and Pro models, which are available with an extended-range battery. The Platinum trim comes standard with the long-range battery and is rated at up to 300 miles per charge. The 230-mile range offered by standard battery in the Pro, XLT, and Lariat trims matches Ford's initial estimates.

The Lightning will offer impressive capability in a familiar package. Ford

The Lightning is due soon. Ford saw massive demand for the truck, and had to limit reservations to prevent extended delays for customers. Though its numbers are strong, the F-150 Lightning's range falls short of the GMC Hummer EV Edition 1, which features a 329-mile range. It's a bit better than the Rivian R1T, whose currently available batter pack limits range to 314 miles.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled
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Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightningautomotivemap.com

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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