The F-150 series is Ford’s best-selling pickup, and the automaker looks to bring out constant improvements. The Lightning series was a major hit and sold over 28,000 units in 2004. With a smaller engine and greater power, this pickup continued its sales for over 5 years then. In this view, Ford is all set to bring out its new 2017 Ford F-150 Lightning and is likely to take on the likes of Chevrolet Silverado and Nissan Titan. Read on to find out what all to expect from this new model.
2017 Ford F-150 Lightning: Engines
With speculations suggesting similarity with the Ford Raptor, the 2017 Ford F-150 Lightning can be expected to come with a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that features direct fuel injection technology. This powertrain will be capable of delivering a power output of 450 horsepower. However, if the carmaker decides to install this new pickup with the V8 engine, then it may develop a maximum power of over 500 HP.
You will be able to choose between a standard six-speed and optional 10-speed automatic gearbox. The standard engine will enable the pickup to reach a maximum speed of around 140 mph, and acceleration (from 0 to 60 mph) will take under 6 seconds. These figures will be even better with the new V8 mill.
Exterior and Interior
The 2017 Ford F-150 Lightning is set to come with an aluminium-intensive body structure. The hood is likely to be slightly tapered and it will feature a flat-bottom design. Front fascia will receive some enhancements, possibly a slotted bar design with a horizontal line design. The new headlights will be trapezoidal and fully LED of course. Front and rear bumpers will be body colored, while the tailgate will be remotely accessible. Also, the new side mirrors will be power adjustable, while rear deck comes with adjustable storage space.
The 2017 Ford F-150 Lightning is set on the traditional F-150 platform, which will enhance cabin space. This two-seated vehicle will come with leather wrapped steering wheels optional heating options. An eight-way and heating options will be available for the driver seat.
Infotainment will consist of LCD receiving feedback from audio system and sensors. Also, this vehicle will sport auto-dimming rear view mirrors along with full vinyl rubber floor covering. It will also sport pickup cargo box lights and a full cloth headliner. The audio system will also be enhanced consisting of radio features and comes with 4 set of speakers.
Safety Features and Estimated Price
Ford is expected to keep its reputation intact and is likely to install a host of high-tech safety features in the 2017 F-150 Lightning. There will be an electronic stability control system along with roll stability control mechanism. This will maintain stability in all sorts of terrain. Side impact beams will be installed along with advanced driveline traction control. There will be tire pressure monitoring system and airbag occupancy sensors, as well as a forward collision system with radar technology and sensors.
We can’t really say when the car manufacturer plans to introduce the high-performance truck, yet we are pretty much sure it will cost around $50K.