Customizable pickup truck

Official plans for 3D-printed Ford Maverick accessories released

The FITS system allows customers to create custom components for their truck.

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Ford has taken a refreshing DIY approach with the new Maverick pickup truck. Owners have taken to building their own ski racks, and the truck's Flexbed system allows owners to buy or build several other cargo management solutions. Taking things a step further, Ford just released 3D printer plans for the truck's interior accessory system to allow customers to create their own accessories.

2022 Ford MaverickIn addition to the 3d printer plans, Ford offers accessories for sale.Ford

The system is called FITS, or Ford Integrated Tether System. It allows owners to 3D print their own accessories or choose from a handful of Ford-made products, such as cup holders, a phone cord organizer, bag hooks, a trash bag, and under-seat dividers. The FITS receivers are located on the back of the center console and under the rear seat in the new Maverick.

Though Ford released its own files, the tiny slot offers huge possibilities, as shown by the number of customer-created accessories. We're talking everything from handheld video game console mounts to grocery bag hooks and more. Anyone with a 3D printer and some time can design a FITS component and release the idea to other Maverick owners. There's even an accessory that uses screws to attach so non-FITS vehicles can use the system.

2022 Ford MaverickThe Maverick has FITS receivers on the back of the center console and under the back seat.Ford

The neat, technology-driven feature is currently only available to Maverick owners, but that could change in the future. In the meantime, however, Ford's newest pickup truck is so popular that demand has far outstripped supply to the point that the automaker stopped taking new orders for the 2022 model year.

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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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