2022 F-150 Lightning Pro

The News for May 28th, 2021

Welcome to the Hooniverse News! As always, this is a weekly recap of the biggest stories in the automotive industry without the fluff or bull. This week: Ford shows off the more affordable Lightning Pro, Hyundai reveals Ioniq 5 to do battle with the Mach-E and ID.4, Ford is building two new EV platforms to expand their EV range with, McLaren puts a windshield on a car designed to not have one, and some rich guy got a coachbuilt Rolls-Royce for his favorite champagne and pen.

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro

2022 F-150 Lightning Pro

One of the biggest surprises during last week’s F-150 Lightning announcement was its ~$40,000 starting price. But we knew from the beginning that this would be the bare bones “worker-spec” truck. Just how the cheapest F-150 on the lot nowadays is a utilitarian model with black plastic bumpers and steel wheels, the cheapest Lightning on the lot will be meant for those who don’t care about leather seats and power sunroofs and truly just need a truck.

That’s the role the Lightning Pro aims to fill. Ford says it’s built for commercial and government customers but did not indicate that it wouldn’t be available to the public as well. This work-ready Lightning Pro has all of the same underpinnings as the more premium XLT, Limited, and Platinum Lightnings we saw last week. It even has some of the same styling. But while it isn’t completely barren, it’s definitely not going to be built for luxury for the whole family. Buyers will have to make due with a 12″ LCD touch screen, a sound system with at least two speakers probably, and easy-to-clean vinyl seats.

2022 F-150 Lightning Pro

What isn’t bare bones though is everything else you care about. From the totally “military grade” aluminum body and high-strength steel frame to the gigantic battery and dual electric motors, it’s all the same goodness you get on the higher grades. The same two battery options are available as well with the standard range battery being the ~$40k option and the extended range upgrade commanding a $10,000 fee. Power ratings are 426 horsepower with the standard battery, 563 horsepower with the extended battery, and 775 lb.-ft. of torque between both. Towing capacity ranges from 5,000 lbs. to 10,000 lbs. – this depends on the battery and other towing packages. Payload for both trucks remains 2,000 pounds. The EPA estimated driving range, which I just learned from Marques Brownlee is calculated with a 1,00o-lb. payload onboard, is 230 miles for the standard and 300 miles for the extended range battery. While those ranges may not sound terribly impressive on paper, considering that’s with half the truck’s payload capacity taken up is quite impressive. Your range while empty could be significantly greater.

2022 F-150 Lightning Pro

Other huge benefits like the frunk, Pro Power Onboard, Onboard Scales in the bed, and loads of power outlets should make this highly attractive for fleet customers. Ford’s onboard power generator alone is a huge deal for anyone who may need to power tools on a jobsite that’s off the grid. And in case someone gets carried away with their work, Pro Power Onboard will know to shut off access before there’s not enough range left to reach a nearby charger. All of these benefits on top of the reduced operating cost of an EV should make the Lightning Pro a compelling option.

One thing that might be a turn off for many fleets though is that it’s only available, at least for now, as a four-door SuperCrew cab with a 5.5-foot cargo bed. This configuration makes sense for the general public but perhaps less so for contractors who need the bigger bed. It’s unclear when or even if the Lightning will expand to other cab and bed configurations.

The Lightning Pro will enter production sometime next year. Other Lightnings will be built in the Spring so the Pro version is probably due around the same time.

[Source: Ford]

Hyundai IONIQ 5

IONIQ 5

Hyundai Motor Group plans to introduce 23 new battery-electric vehicles and sell one million of those worldwide by 2025. Here’s one piece of that puzzle. What was the Hyundai ’45’ EV concept is now the Ioniq 5, an all-electric crossover utility vehicle that goes on sale this fall to compete with the Ford Mach-E and VW ID.4. From the photos it looks more like a 5-door hatchback than a CUV so I’m just gonna pretend that’s what it is so that I like it more.

With funky and futuristic styling, the Ioniq 5 is a departure from past norms which explores new design freedom offered by a dedicated EV platform. It features Parametic Pixel LED lighting elements, a V-shaped front bumper, flush door handles that I’m sure will never malfunction or get frozen over, and a heavily sculpted body with a striking side crease. The interior on this thing is just as futuristic. Flat floors allow for more space and all the steer-by-wire and shift-by-wire systems mean they can package it exactly how they wanted to. The center console “island” can be slid back and forth 5.5 inches as needed. If needed, you could use this to enter the driver’s seat from the other side of the car if a BMW parks next to you.

IONIQ 5

Like any good EV there’s a plethora of screen space for instruments and infotainment. Like all EVs should, they’ve used sustainably sourced materials wherever they could. The seats, headliner, door trim, floor, and armrest are made from materials including recycled PET bottles, plant-based yarns and natural wool yarns, “eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts”, and bio paint with plant extracts.

It seems there’s one battery size to fit all but there are a few different motor configurations to choose from. Power comes from a 77.4 kWh battery pack and propulsion is done by a single rear motor or dual motors front and rear. RWD models gave a decent 225 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque available while AWD models get 320 horsepower and 446 lb.-ft. of torque. 0-60 mph is handled in less than five seconds with AWD. Top speed of all models is 115 mph and towing of up to 1,500 pounds can be done on both as well.

IONIQ 5

Driving range depends greatly the motor setup and the trim package, but you’re looking at 255 miles on the top-of-the-line Limited AWD model and up to 300 miles on the RWD models. 400-v and 800-v fast charging is supported. From a 350-hW charger, you can get from 10 percent to 80 percent in just 18 minutes. Even a quick five-minute piss break on the road can net you about 68 miles of range from one of these chargers. Assuming you can get these reliable fast chargers along your route, EV road trips are starting to seem less annoying.

Hyundai has not discussed pricing yet. But any Ioniq 5 purchase gets you unlimited 30-minute charging sessions for two years on Electrify America’s growing charger network.

[Source: Hyundai]

BLIPS

Mustang Mach-E GT Performance Edition

Ford is building two new dedicated EV platforms separate from what is already on the Lightning. The platforms were hinted as being the future underpinnings for an electric Explorer, Expedition, and their Lincoln counterparts. It’s also possible that an electric Mustang that isn’t a crossover is included in that, though that might not get its own unique platform being a relatively low-volume vehicle. Prior reports of the next Mustang sharing a platform with the Explorer could fit into that as well. If Ford is building this thing from the ground up, they can maybe make it so that it doesn’t compromise the Mustang as much. In any event, the benefits of a dedicated EV platform are clear: common architectures, motors, and battery packs simplify and accelerate the development process and reduce costs. As Ford goes all in on EVs, these two platforms will be central to all of that.

[Source: Ford via Jalopnik]

stupid mclaren elva with a stupid windshield

It turns out that rich people are pansies. McLaren had to put a windshield on the Elva, a car that was designed to not have one. Originally the Elva was a throwback of sorts to the open-cockpit race cars from decades ago, some of which put McLaren on the map. It was an extremely powerful, rather gorgeous, and truly special car from a company that seems hellbent on saturating its lineup. The Elva was the kind of car that you had to really want to drive because of the raw driving experience it provided. Well there was apparently enough of a demand to remove one of its key elements because an Elva with a windshield is entering production. In doing so, McLaren has invented a 720S Spider again and found a way to charge even more money for it.

[Source: McLaren]

big stupid rolls royce

Proving that rich people are a strange breed, Rolls-Royce’s coachbuilt division has come out with a new Boat-Tail. The best way I can describe this car is that some rich person loved a very specific kind of champagne so much that they paid Rolls untold millions to create a whole fucking car around it. Like any good Rolls it has a refrigerator, but this one is designed with exacting dimensions to perfectly stow bottles Armand de Brignac champagne. It was also made for picnics I guess. Tucked in the boat tail section of the car is a pop out umbrella and custom made folding chairs that are hand-crafted to match the elegant contours of the owner’s ass (I made that part up)(but it’s probably true). What isn’t made up though is that they included a special place in the glovebox to store the owner’s favorite pen. I recommend reading through this excellent dunk piece on Jalopnik because Torchinsky put way more energy into making fun of rich people than I can muster.

[Source: Rolls-Royce, Jalopnik]

What’s your automotive news?

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That’s all I’ve got for you this week, so now it’s your turn. If you saw anything, fixed something, broke everything, or otherwise did anything even remotely car related that you want to share with your fellow hoon, sound off in the comments.

Have a good weekend.

I'm the guy that spoiled the site with all the new car stuff. Hooniverse News Editor since 2011, amateur motorsport photographer, sim racer, and mountain road enthusiast.

20 Comments

  1. Is this a bad idea: New Batshitmobile Edition

    Tell me about the Toyota Sequoia. Why are they so cheap? Giant V-8 4WD for under $5K all day long on Craigslist. Is there any reason, other than style, I shouldn’t ditch the Econoline and pick one of these up? Do they have one of those whatchamacallits… timing chain? (Belt?) that people are always having to replace for $1500 when they buy a used car?

    Background: Today is my last day at my job, after 10 years, and it’s 50% likely that I’ll be moving up to the Northern Coast of CA. It’s 50% likely that they’ll hire me back for a 2 year stint in another role, but after that, Mendocino here I come.
    Up there I’ll be a caretaker on a couple properties. I know the Econoline is the classic handyman-van but I’m hoping to get some more reliability and less rust threat. The Ford survives well in San Francisco, but up on the coast it will disintegrate in three years.

    I’m thinking a Sequoia and a flatbed trailer will serve me better. Are people afraid of the gas mileage? Shit, I get 14 mpg; 20 mpg would be 150% of what I get now. (Things are a lot further away from each other up there, so better gas mileage is a consideration.) Plus, the Toy has ALL the vowels in its name.

    What’s too good to be true about the Sequoia?

    1. Don’t know much about the Sequoia but I seriously doubt you be seeing 20 mpg with one of them. I looked up the EPA numbers on them and the combined was 15mpg on those that I looked up with 13 city and 16 hwy for the 2005 and 18 hwy on the 2010. Connecting a trailer and loading it up will probably have a bigger hit on MPG than the same load in the Econoline.

      Beyond that I bet there is a forum dedicated to them that will detail the common faults and fixes.

    2. I get ~15 with my 2001 Tundra, which is mechanically identical. You’re going to loose a lot of interior space going to the Sequoia compared to the Econoline. Also, like the Tundra, I think the early 2000s had frame rust issues. Toyota replaced the frames on a lot of them in rust belt areas (mine was replaced at ~160K in 2010), so I’m not sure you’ll have a better experience there.

      The V8 does have a timing belt, should be replaced every 90K. It’s a big job, but can be DIY. I did mine when I bought the truck because best I could tell it had only been replaced at 90K. With 290K on the truck, that meant the belt may have had 200K on it and it’s an interference engine. With the water pump, serpentine belt, idler pulleys, tensioners, etc. it was about $500 in parts and a weekend’s worth of work.

    3. That’s interesting, the Sequoia looks like an un-ancient 4runner. Coming from Toyota, it should be worth a first born and three beach properties used – given reports about US used car prices are not misleading.

      Northern California sounds great. With the pandemic-induced inability to travel, I spend a lot of my time working in the garden/with a plethora of broken stuff dreaming about far away pretty places. Northern California is among those destinations. Renting some boaty American classic and going slow and far up the coast…purrfect.

      1. I never made it north of San Francisco, but the drive from Morro Bay to Carmel in Central California has to be one of the best in the world. Amazing road, amazing scenery. I lived out that way for a bit, and still miss that part of the state.

    4. I know nothing personally about the Tundras but according to the internet the 2007’s had big engine problems and the 2012’s did as well.

      “ Although the 2007 Toyota Tundra has the most overall complaints, we rate the 2012 model year as worse because of other possible factors such as higher repair cost or more problems at lower mileage.”

      https://www.carcomplaints.com/Toyota/Tundra/

      Add this to the infamous frame-rot disaster of early ones and I suspect that the reputation on the street is….well…

      https://parts.olathetoyota.com/blog/toyota-tundra-problems-complaints

      Apparently Tundra ≠ Hilux

  2. Bought my tickets for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. I’m pretty stoked about it.

    Pulled the Dana 30 out of the front of my Jeep to start tearing it down for the regear and ARB install. The Dana 44 for the rear is 99% done, waiting for a shop to press on the axle bearings and then I’ll be installing it.

    1. Bang on – it’s mildly inspired by the original Pony, which was a Giugiaro design (although quite a few people have noted the similarity to the Lancia Delta Integrale, which he also designed).

  3. Rolls Royce, in their publicity release for the Boat-tail made a point of stating that the lights, front and rear, weren’t shared with the Phantom Drop-head that it is based on. But the rear lights, in particular, seem to come from the existing BMW parts bin. Are they the same ones off the BMW Z8? They sure do look like it.
    https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2001-BMW-Z8-for-sale-second-daily-classics-auction-16-1024×768.jpg

    1. I remember that the Z8 were super difficult to manufacture, by hand, with like 60% rejects, and they are not LEDs but rather some kind of fluorescent effect, resulting in close to four digits price tags already under OEM conditions.
      In other words, you may be right.

  4. My kid returned from his road trip in the Panther wagon. Three of the group were about 6’3″, one was right at 6′, and the fifth was maybe 5’5″. He said four tall adults would fit very comfortably, but five people made things awkward, because whoever sat in the middle wound up with their feet in the footboxes of the outboard passengers, in order to straddle the driveshaft tunnel. He said having the middle passenger in the front seat had more legroom than middle passenger in the second row, but the driver’s side seat is power adjustable and the passenger side is manual forward-rear adjustment only, and with the 50/50 seating, the middle passenger ended up with one butt cheek uneven with the other, which wasn’t all that great. Nobody could sit in the third row, which was full of gear and groceries.

    As anticipated, the car drew quite a few comments. At one point, they were at a store within a cluster of a couple dozen places that sell clothing, candy, or coffee to tourists and some random person was talking to their friend about the car, not realizing (or particularly caring) who it belonged to. Some other random person overheard the conversation, and began talking with the first two, claiming to be the car’s owner, perhaps assuming that the [son of the] car’s actual owner was shopping in some other store.

    The car had been struggling to maintain highway speeds, particularly uphill, until a large POP noise came out from under the hood and the car ran even worse. I guess one of the spark plugs hadn’t been snugged down all the way, and it unthreaded itself. After a new plug was purchased and installed, everything seemed to be fine again, and though the car’s absolute top speed is still untested, the car was able to exceed 90 mph while hauling a half-ton of people and stuff with the a/c blasting.

  5. I have refurbished the rear brakes of the 944, worth it.
    The Vivaro got a roof top tent. Just sitting up there in the driveway is a great experience!
    The biggest roof top tent dealer in the country is a guy importing these as a side job, his sons helped lifting it up on the van – all in all a very Norwegian experience.

  6. I was to go to work about 90 minutes ago, but the Leaf thought otherwise: It had no power to get up our steep driveway. That puts us in the lovely position of owning three cars, yet being 100% immobile. Gaaaah! Noticed a motor power loss on the way home from something saturday, with only about 20-25 kW available at full throttle. The car should have 80 kW, but now required mucho gas pedalo just to move. My OBD dongle is unreliable, and I have, so far, not been able to check Leafspy. There are no display error messages, smells or wicked noises.

    In the meantime, baby Hyundai has been waiting for its appointment at a shop for 4 weeks, with 1 week to go (thus is the state of disrepair in this area). The Centennial…well, it’s been away two months on a job I have been waiting for 11 months. I may need to get a 4th car. 😛

    1. You’re saying that to a group of people, many of whom consider four cars in the driveway to not be a big deal, and a ratio of 1 functional:3 inoperable to be fairly respectable.

    2. Keep the faith, Brother, keep the faith. The God of Automobiles is merely testing you…

      Having said that I think you should consider a motorcycle rather than a fourth car, for a couple of reasons:

      1. It is summer and you can get by just fine with just a motorcycle for a few months. They are also cheaper and the money saved can be pumped into getting (at least) one of the current fleet rolling again.

      2. The parts on a motorcycle are much smaller, and I personally have found them therefore much easier to fling across the garage when in a fit of anger or despair.

      1. Haha, I greatly appreciate specific advice. There have been occasions when I called the Centennial my mid-life-crisis car. Not sure I can stomach the reaction to show up anywhere on a bike now…

        My mechanic helped me out with the baby Hyundai that got fixed with the parts I had already bought today, six days before the shop appointment. The Leaf got a hard reboot by removing the minus pole from its 12V battery, and has, for now, forgotten its odd symptoms. 2 down, 1 to go, yay!

        I’m a bit worried because the list of “Nissan Leaf shenanigans that can be fixed by rebooting” is quite long, yet, it doesn’t contain these symptoms. Alas, faith. I’ll sacrifice a golden wrench later.

  7. This weekend was the first road trip of the year. We took the CX-5 which ate up 500 miles with usual lack of incident apart from a bad vibration at 60 mph which appears to be an improperly balanced wheel after the shop changed from winter tires to summer. Either that or we need to replace the tires after 4 years and one puncture.
    The road itself was a shock, this was the first time we had driven Oregon Highway 22 through the Santiam Canyon since the big fires in 2020 and parts were unrecognizable. Many areas that had been heavily forested were now wide open, most of Detroit’s business district was gone and there were burnt vehicles and building debris everywhere.

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