The Ford F-150 SVT Lightning has proved to be an excellent street performance pickup truck. Now, it seems the company is planning on a successor to this model which is speculated to be 2017 Ford F-150 Lightning.
Several reports of this model have come up which holds that Ford F-150 Raptor will carry this legacy of SVT Lightning. To follow up with what Ford has been doing lately, the possibility of this Ford F-150 Lightning seems logical as the company has presented several special edition models in the current generation pickup truck line-up.
Let’s Check the 2017 Ford F-150 Lightning: Inside and Out
This new Ford F-150 Lightning 2017 could borrow the interior cabin of existing Ford F-150 Raptor. However, expect the revision to its steering wheel with the addition of new controls. Technological features like 360˚ camera with a split view and 110 volt/400 watt power inverter will be incorporated.
As to comfort and convenience, expect heavily bolstered seats to be featured. Premium upholstery materials including leather and Alcantara will be used. Other cabin features would include auxiliary audio input jack, ambient lighting, dome light and outside temperature display.
Right from the 1st generation, Ford SVT Lightning has been dedicated to being a lethal street performer and this spirit is reflected in its body style. Similarly, the new 2017 Ford Lightning could wear sophisticated and sporty design elements in its exterior body.
The underlying architecture of this Ford Lightning will be the same as of every Ford F-150. Its front fascia will receive a massive overhaul. Expect a new mesh grille that will project a fresh look. The signature headlight design of Ford F-150 will be retained.
Like the existing Ford F-150 Raptor, this 2017 Ford F-150 Lightning is expected to come with an array of standard safety features. Some of these are:
- Curve Control
- 4 Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System
- SOS Post-Crash Alert System
- SecuriCode™ keyless entry keypad
- AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control®
2017 Ford F-150 Lightning – Engine Specs
The 2017 Ford F-150 Lightning is likely to use the engine of standard Ford F-150 Raptor. This mill is a 3.5-litre EcoBoost® V6 which produces 375 hp at 5,000 RPM and 470 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 RPM. A maximum towing capacity of 12,200 lbs can be achieved with this engine. A 10-speed automatic transmission system is to be used along.
Other details of this engine are:
- Compression ratio – 10.5: 1
- Main bearings – 4
- Bore – 3.64 inches
- Stroke – 3.45 inches
- Displacement – 213 cubic inches
- Fuel delivery – low-pressure port fuel injection and high-pressure direct injection
With a two wheel drive, this engine can deliver 18 mpg in the city, 25 mpg on highways and 21 mpg on a combined basis. Likewise, these figures drop down in all wheel drive to 17/23/20 mpg for city/highway/combined respectively.
2017 Ford F-150 Lightning – Price and Release Date
As 2017 Ford F-150 Lightning will not be a regular model, expect its price to start from $30,000 onwards. Experts have predicted that this pickup truck could be released during the 1st quarters of 2018.