Ford F-150 Lightning Gets More Horsepower, Higher Max Payload

All-New Ford F-150 Lightning

The Ford F-150 Lightning, the brand’s first fully-electric pickup truck, has started shipping out to early buyers. And according to Ford, its electric battery range, payload, and horsepower are all higher than the initial projections.

When it was announced in May of last year, the brand new F-150 Lightning was estimated to put out 563 horsepower with the extended-range battery pack, and 426 horsepower with the standard-range battery. The payload was 2,000 pounds, and the battery range maxed out at 300 miles on a full charge.

Those numbers are nothing to sneeze at. But the final version raises that number quite a bit, to 580 horsepower with the extended range pack and 452 horsepower with the standard-range battery. The F-150 Lightning delivers the horsepower needed for big towing and hauling jobs.

The payload is the biggest difference. The F-150 Lightning has a payload of 2,235 pounds, up from the original estimate of 2,000 lbs. And the XLT and Lariat trims see an increase in their estimated battery range, from 300 to 320 with the extended-range battery.[1]

Regardless of whether you opt for the standard- or extended-range battery, you’ll get 775 lb-ft of torque, the highest torque on a Ford F-150 ever. The F-150 Lightning is just as reliable for towing and hauling as the gas version, with the benefit of at-home charging and a super long range that makes stopping for gas a thing of the past.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is all but sold out, so if you want to get your hands on the next batch of this amazing truck, contact the team at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

[1] Excludes Platinum models. Based on full charge. USA EPA-targeted range reflecting current status based on analytical projection consistent with US EPA combined drive cycle. Actual range varies with conditions such as external environment, vehicle use, vehicle maintenance, lithium-ion battery age and state of health.

Get to Know the 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler

The 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler | Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida
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Ford recently revealed the brand-new 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler. Designed with adventurous — and value-conscious — drivers in mind, the Rattler accessory package adds custom styling and off-road-oriented features to the entry-level Ford F-150 XL.

Every 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler offers confident handling courtesy of standard with all-wheel, an electronic rear-locking differential, and Hill Descent Control. The Rattler accessory package also armors your truck’s underbody with skid plates and provides a confident ride with all-terrain tires and tailor-made shock absorbers.

In addition to its adventure-ready accessories, the F-150 Rattler boasts rugged styling features. On the outside, you’ll find exclusive badges, custom rattlesnake-inspired graphics, a dual exhaust system, and bold 18-inch aluminum wheels. The cabin is just as bespoke, with burnished bronze accents, sleek Onyx seating, and a custom color palette.

According to Ford truck group marketing manager Todd Eckert, the 2023 F-150 Rattler strikes a balance between off-road capability and budget-friendly pricing. “This truck builds off the F-150 off-road legacy while allowing us to introduce new customers to the right blend of styling and value in the F-150 lineup,” Eckert explained.

Want to be one of the first drivers in Orlando, Kissimmee, or Hunter’s Creek to drive home in one of these adventure-ready pickups? Contact us at Tropical Ford for the latest updates on the 2023 Ford F-150 Rattler. Or check out our great selection of F-150 trucks and stop in for a test drive.

Ford F-150 Lightning Makes Tailgating Easy with Mega Power Frunk

The list of cool features for the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning seems as wide as it is long, but one of the features that stands out most lies under the hood. No, we’re not talking about an engine — the F-150 Lightning is all-electric, so there’s none there to be found. Instead, the space under the hood is what Ford calls a Mega Power Frunk — the largest front trunk space in the auto industry today.  

When designing the F-150 Lightning, the teams at Ford listened to drivers to make sure that the Mega Power Frunk more than lived up to its superlative name. To achieve this, the frunk offers 14 cubic feet of storage that’s lockable, drainable, and easily cleaned. That makes the already awesome F-150 Lightning ideal for tailgating in Orlando, Florida.

Even better? It features four 120-volt electric outlets that work with the truck’s Pro Power Onboard built-in generator. You can use these power sources for everything from TVs and consoles to refrigerators so that your pre-gaming ritual is limited only by your imagination.

“The F-150 Lightning pickup’s Mega Power Frunk is one of those features that reshape what vehicles can provide for customers,” said Ford F-150 Lightning Chief Program Engineer Linda Zhang. “Its sheer size, ample power supply, drainable floor, and open and close system that opens with the touch of a button make it frunking awesome!”

Frunking awesome, indeed. Everything about the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning fits that description, and that’s why Ford has already sold out of its first run of reservations. Don’t miss out the next time around — contact your friends at Tropical Ford in Orlando and we’ll make sure you get your reservation in the next time this electrifying truck is up for grabs.

2022 Ford Lightning | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL

Ford F-150 Lightning Pro: The Electric Work Truck for Your Business

If you need a powerful yet efficient truck for your business in Orlando, Florida, check out the all-new 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning® Pro.

What makes the Lightning® Pro different from all other F-150 models produced by Ford thus far is that it’s an electric work pickup truck designed for commercial use. The Ford Lightning® Pro is the latest addition to the automaker’s lineup of capable, efficient all-electric work-ready models, alongside vehicles like the E-Transit.

If you own a business in Orlando, Florida, you should consider buying this pickup truck for your fleet. While using an eco-friendly electric vehicle as a work truck may seem unorthodox, the F-150 Lightning® Pro proves that it can do what gas-powered trucks can do — sometimes even better.

This 2022 truck coming to Tropical Ford boasts a power output of 426 horsepower — or 563 horsepower on the extended-range version. The EPA-estimated travel range on a single charge is 230 miles on the standard 4×4 F-150 Lightning® Pro or 300 miles on the extended-range version.

The F-150 Lightning® Pro runs only on electricity, leaving room under the hood for extra storage space. This truck features the first-ever Ford Mega Power Frunk, which boasts 14.1 cubic feet of lockable storage space.

There’s plenty more that the 2022 F-150 Lightning® Pro offers for your business in Orlando, but you’ll have to come to Tropical Ford to learn about them in person. Come to our dealership to discuss how Ford can provide zero-emission fleet solutions for your company.

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2021 Ford F-150 Raptor Coming Soon to Tropical Ford

2021 Ford Raptor Overview

Interested in driving the most adventurous vehicle in the Ford lineup? Check out the F-150 Raptor.

Equipped to traverse muddy bogs, sand dunes, and rocky terrain, this pickup truck is an off-roading beast. For the latest model year, the Raptor has been fully redesigned and sports a slew of exciting upgrades. Here’s a quick spotlight on the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor that you’ll soon be able to buy here at Tropical Ford.

The highlight of this new Raptor is its all-new five-link rear suspension that boosts its off-road performance to new levels. Bolstered by next-generation FOX™ shocks with Live Valve™ technology and first-in-class 37-inch tires (optional upgrade), the 2021 F-150 Raptor is ready to explore the most scenic areas of Florida.

Under the hood is a powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost® engine that specializes in peak low-end torque. What does that mean for drivers in Orlando? The 2021 Raptor is also a great truck for towing your boat or RV, as well as loading up with lumber to rebuild your front porch. Plus, it delivers a positively monstrous sound through its class-exclusive active valve dual exhaust.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor — and its cutting-edge SYNC® 4 system — contact Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

Get Comfortable in the F-150’s New Max Recline Seats

Max Recline Seats - Ford F-150 | Tropical Ford | Orlando, FL

Ford recently launched its new Max Recline Seats for the Ford F-150, part of America’s best-selling pickup truck line for 43 years. These ergonomic seats make it easy for passengers to get comfortable, making the F-150 perfect for long shifts on a jobsite and family road trips.

These new available Max Recline Seats fold down to nearly 180 degrees for an almost flat lounging experience. According to Ben Kulhawik, a seat designer at Ford, the new Max Recline Seats were “inspired by those adjustable beds you see on TV.”

“We know the folks who work on construction or mining sites use their truck cab for naps during downtime, and we learned everyday owners do, too,” explained Jackie DiMarco, Ford truck product line director. “When I would take my daughters to hockey tournaments, between games, one would be sleeping in the back seat while the other would be on the floor of my truck, and it reinforced the idea that, ‘We need to fix this!’”

These seats are truly ingenious—and quite comfy. According to Ford, the design of the seats allows the seat bottom to rise to provide greater back support. You can also rotate the upper seatback forward to improve neck comfort.

You’ll be able to opt for the Max Recline Seats on the 2021 Ford F-150, specifically on King Ranch, Platinum, and Limited models.

Find the 2021 Ford F-150 at Tropical Ford in Orlando, FL.

Ford F-150 PowerBoost® Hybrid Powertrain

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Ford is constantly pushing the limits of what its powerful F-Series pickup trucks can do on the jobsite and on the trails, but its most recent innovation is one for the history books. The new 2021 Ford F-150 has something no other pickup in its class has: a full hybrid powertrain.

The 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost® Hybrid is the first-ever hybrid pickup commercially available in America, but don’t think the truck lacks power because of its more efficient engine. The 3.5-liter PowerBoost® Hybrid powertrain delivers the highest torque ever seen on the F-150, clocking in at a whopping 570 lb-ft of torque.

The F-150’s hybrid variant, which delivers 430 horsepower and can tow up to 12,700 pounds, was subjected to extreme durability and “torture testing” to ensure it was reliable for Ford customers. This extreme battery of assessments included a 3,500-foot climb over just 11.4 miles with a maxed-out 12,700-pound trailer capacity in the punishing heat of the Mojave Desert at a 6-percent grade.

Per the Chief Engineer for the Ford F-150, “Just because it’s a hybrid doesn’t mean we treated PowerBoost with kid gloves. We have one standard for quality and durability.”

The 2021 F-150 with PowerBoost® Hybrid Powertrain will be on sale soon at Tropical Ford in Orlando, so follow us to be the first to test drive the first-ever hybrid pickup.

F-150 Raptor Set to Topple the RAM TRX

2020 Ford F-150 | F-150 Raptor Set to Topple the RAM TRX | Tropical Ford Blog | Orlando, FL
Pictured: 2020 Ford F-150 Lariat

The Ford F-150 Raptor is known by many for its legendary power and off-road prowess. Many have tried to beat this adventure-ready pickup in its versatile capability, but none have succeeded. One of the latest competitors seeking to challenge the F-150 Raptor is the 2021 Ram 1500 TRX. It’s set to feature a new 702-horsepower HEMI engine. However, with a new supercharged V8 on the horizon for the Ford F-150 Raptor, this little update from Ram is of no concern to the most popular pickup in America.

According to Ford Authority, the next generation Raptor is going to house the Shelby GT500’s supercharged 5.2-liter V8 under its hood. This engine is expected to provide between 725-750 horsepower, which makes it the fastest street-legal Ford engine to date. That’s plenty more horses than the TRX.

There’s still no word as to when, exactly, this monster of a pickup will be available, although Ford Authority suggested it might come as soon as the end of the 2021 model year, or in the 2022 model year.

The current Ford F-150 Raptor isn’t shy about its power, either. It has a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 under its hood, boasting a significant 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque. That’s the best in its class for now, and with the next-generation Raptor, Ford plans to beat the competition yet again.

Check out the latest F-150 models at Tropical Ford in Orlando, Florida.

Meet the Redesigned 2021 Ford F-150

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Pictured: 2020 Ford F-150

For over 40 years, Ford has been the leader in the pickup segment. Its most popular truck is the Ford F-150. Ford is continually working to make this truck stronger, smarter, and better in every way. This is evident in the all-new, completely redesigned 2021 Ford F-150 which delivers even more capability and performance. Here are a few updates from this upcoming model.

The 2021 Ford F-150 will debut with a new engine option – a 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid V6. Ford says this engine is expected to deliver more horsepower and torque than any other truck engine on the market today. It will also be the only full hybrid option available in the segment. Ford says it will offer an estimated driving range of 700 miles and will be able to tow at least 12,000 pounds.

Ford wants to make sure drivers like you have the power they need. The redesigned F-150 will be available with a Pro Power Onboard generator, which will have up to 7.2 kilowatts of energy. This should be more than enough for your power tools and any other equipment you might need.

Another way the updated F-150 can help you get your work done is with the available Tailgate Work Surface. It comes with cupholders, an integrated ruler, and a pencil holder. This is great for jotting down notes and creating your next worksite plan.

Although the 2021 Ford F-150 isn’t available yet, you can still shop for the 2020 Ford F-150 at Tropical Ford in Orlando, FL.

Ford F-150 Limited One of the Fastest Trucks Ever Produced

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When you think about the fastest trucks on the road, you might imagine the truly impressive Raptor. However, even that truck is not as fast as the 2019 Ford F-150 Limited. It is powered by a twin-turbocharged V6 with 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque.

Car and Driver recently put this luxurious truck to the test and got some astounding results. With its 450-horsepower engine, it achieves a 0-60 mph time of just 5.1 seconds, which makes it one of the fastest trucks ever produced. It also takes on the quarter mile run in just 13.7 seconds.

Along with its incredible speed, the F-150 Limited has impressive stopping power, too. With its 22-inch Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico all-season tires, it can come to a full stop in just 168 feet.

Inside, the F-150 Limited is just as impressive. It comes standard with upgraded leather upholstery, wood and aluminum trim details, a navigation system, heated and ventilated front seats, 8-inch touch screen with Ford SYNC® 3, FordPass Wi-Fi® capabilities, Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™, a sunroof, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Besides speed and technology, the Ford F-150 Limited also comes well-equipped with advanced safety features to boost your confidence on the road. Just some of these available tools inclue BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear View Camera with Dynamic Hitch Assist, and AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™ (RSC®).

Stop by Tropical Ford to experience the 2019 F-150 Limited for yourself.