Ford is adding a new variant to its Lightning lineup with the introduction of the 2024 F-150 Lightning Flash. This new addition is set to bridge the gap between the Lariat and XLT models, with an expected release date in 2024 and a starting price of US$69,995.
Ford says the Lightning Flash hits the sweet spot in the lineup, and is targeting an EPA-estimated range of 320 miles (515km), positioning it between the Standard Range and Long Range models. The automaker has also addressed a common concern among EV owners: battery performance in cold weather. The F-150 Lightning Flash will have a heat pump as standard equipment, with Ford saying it will improve charging times, extend the range, and enhanced overall performance in winter.
The F-150 Lightning Flash comes equipped with version 1.2 of BlueCruise, offering Lane Change Assist for hands-free lane changes and In-Lane Repositioning to maintain lane position while adjusting slightly away from neighboring vehicles. Owners will have the flexibility to activate BlueCruise at any time during their vehicle ownership, whether at purchase, on an annual basis, or even monthly, and they can also enjoy a 90-day complimentary trial.
The F-150 Lightning Flash also comes with a Tow Technology Package, which includes Pro Trailer Backup Assist, Trailer Brake Controller, Smart Hitch, On-Board Scales, Smart Trailer Tow Connection, and Trailer Reverse Guidance.
There are also upgrades to the inside of the cabin. The Lightning Flash boasts a 15.5-inch touchscreen, a feature currently only available in the Lariat and Platinum trims.
With the addition of the Flash, there are now six variants of the F-150 Lightning – Pro, XLT, Flash, Lariat, Platinum, and Platinum Black.
Orders for the F-150 Lightning Flash will open in early 2024.