2024 Ford F-150 Lightning

2024 Ford F-150 Lightning Tremor Rendered with Off-Road Upgrades

In the not-so-distant past, Detroit’s Big Three used to offer street-oriented trucks like the F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet 454 SS, GMC Syclone, and Dodge Ram SRT-10. However, this category has shifted, and now only the aftermarket provides complete street trucks.

Why is that? As you might have guessed, the original Raptor reshaped the landscape of performance-focused trucks. Consumer demand for street trucks has waned in favor of off-road variants, and this appetite for rugged trucks has yet to be quenched.

While Rivian and General Motors have introduced the R1T and GMC Hummer EV, respectively, Ford has yet to make its move. However, that’s set to change by 2024 or 2025. Recent sightings show Ford testing an F-150 Lightning variant equipped with the all-terrain features of the F-150 Tremor. The prototype includes features like a skid plate upfront, additional underbody protection, and slightly heightened ground clearance.

Captured by Glenn Paulina for Car and Driver, the F-150 Lightning Tremor prototype doesn’t have side steps. Ford hasn’t commented on future products, but it’s evident that Ford can’t afford to let Rivian and General Motors lure potential customers away from its electric pickup offerings.

It’s only a matter of time before Ford begins teasing its zero-emission overlander. Meanwhile, pixel artist Halo oto has rendered the F-150 Lightning Tremor in an appealing shade of red. The design also incorporates black-painted side steps, although this design might not be suited for off-road adventures. In my opinion, nothing less than rock sliders would suffice.

Considering the substantial battery powering the Lightning’s electric motors, Ford must prioritize protecting the battery against punctures. Even minor damage could result in a fire, which is significantly harder to control than in a traditional gasoline-powered vehicle.

However, don’t expect an impressive range estimate. The increased ground clearance, General Grabber all-terrain tires, and added weight from the underbody protection will inevitably impact the truck’s range quite significantly. The best-case scenario would likely be similar to the Platinum model’s 300-mile (483-kilometer) range.

The proposed F-150 Lightning Tremor would fit between the $57,480 Lariat and $63,225 King Ranch gas-powered variants. For the gasoline Tremor, you can configure it at $61,330 with either the 5.0-liter Coyote V8 or 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. In the case of the Lightning, the Tremor would occupy the space between the $69,995 Lariat and $91,995 Platinum. Achieving a price point of around $75,000 or so for the F-150 Lightning Tremor would be an appealing balance.

While not inexpensive, this price would still remain competitive. To provide context, the Rivian R1T starts at $73,000 for the Adventure Dual-Motor AWD Standard Pack. Over at General Motors, the Hummer EV 2X is priced at $98,845.

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