F-150 Lightning

2023 Ford F-150 Lightning: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - December 22, 2021

Model Preview

Deliveries of the Ford F-150 Lightning haven't started yet, but work on the 2023 model year is already underway. With the F-150 Lightning making its debut last year as an all-new model, we expect the 2023 model to arrive as a carryover. Ford has stopped taking reservations for the 2022 F-150 Lightning, as the brand is getting ready to ship the new pickup at the beginning of next year. For consumers that don’t have a reservation for a 2022 model, you may find yourself waiting for a 2023 model.

Unsurprisingly, the F-150 Lightning has the same overall design as the gas-powered F-150 with a few futuristic touches thrown in. The Lightning mimics a traditional pickup truck with a boxy, upright design. The front end has a grille-less design, while the headlights are connected by a horizontal bar on the hood. At the back, the F-150 Lightning has taillights that run across the tailgate. Beyond the Lightning signs and futuristic lighting, the F-150 Lightning looks like a regular pickup. As a carryover model, the 2023 F-150 Lightning should have the same design as the current model on sale.

The 2023 F-150 Lightning should retain the same interior design as the current model. The F-150 Lightning’s interior has a tech-forward design with the dashboard being designed around a massive touchscreen. Chunky styling and simple lines clash with the buttonless look of the center console. Just like the regular F-150, we expect the F-150 Lightning to offer a spacious cabin with roomy seats.

Ford hasn’t outlined all of the F-150 Lightning’s features yet. As a carryover model, we expect the 2023 F-150 Lightning to come with the same features as the model that will go on sale shortly. The F-150 Lighting is available with a 15.5-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, a digital instrument cluster, navigation, a wireless charging pad, and Bluetooth.

The current F-150 Lightning is available with two electric motors and all-wheel drive. The Standard Range battery pack offers up to 426 horsepower, while the Extended Range battery has up to 563 hp. Regardless of configuration, the F-150 Lightning offers up to 775 pound-feet of torque. When properly equipped, the F-150 Lightning can tow up to 10,000 pounds. Range for the electric pickup truck ranges from 230 miles up to 300 miles. These powertrains should remain the same for 2023.

On the safety front, the F-150 Lightning will come with the Ford Co-Pilot360 2.0 suite of advanced safety features as standard. Standard safety features include pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, reverse automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, and blind-spot monitoring. Available safety features include traffic sign recognition, lane centering assist, and adaptive cruise control. Ford will also offer its hands-free Blue Cruise driver-assist system on the F-150 Lightning.

Pricing & Release Date

With sales of the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning still yet to commence, the 2023 model year is a long way away. We expect the 2023 model to come out in fall 2022.

Pricing for the 2023 F-150 Lightning is unknown. Pricing should remain close to the current model that is reported to start around $39,974 and go up to $89,874. The F-150 Lightning is eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit.

The F-150 Lightning pickup truck will compete against the Rivian R1T, Tesla Cybertruck, GMC Hummer EV Pickup, and Chevrolet Silverado EV.

Pictured: 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

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