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GM Caught Benchmarking 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

The relatively new all-electric pickup segment is quickly expanding, with the 2022 Ford F-150 Lighting recently joining the Rivian R1T and GMC Hummer EV on the market. Those trucks will soon be joined by the Tesla Cybertruck and Chevy Silverado EV, to name a couple, though the latter figures to be the F-150 Lighting’s most direct competitor. Thus, it’s no surprise that Ford Authority spies have caught General Motors benchmarking the electrified Blue Oval pickup.

On the heels of benchmarking other FoMoCo products including the 2021 Ford F-150 Raptor back in May and the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E right around the same time, the automaker’s cross-town rival now has its hands on a 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning Pro, which was spotted here with a 2022 GMC Sierra Denali Ultimate as its chase vehicle.

The 2024 Chevy Silverado EV – which was revealed back in January – isn’t slated to launch until next spring, though only the work truck-like WT will be available at that time. The WT will be a direct rival to the Pro model seen here, and will feature a slightly lower MSRP of $39,900, while the fully-loaded RST First Edition will follow in the fall of 2023 with a price tag of $105,000, minus destination charges. Later on down the road, more trims including the RST and Trail Boss will be offered, with prices ranging from $50k-$80k. As Ford Authority reported last week, FoMoCo purposely priced the F-150 Lighting at less than $40k to force GM’s hand in that regard.

The F-150 Lightning and Silverado EV otherwise share quite a bit in common, though GM’s EV pickup promises superior range – 400 miles versus 320 max – as well as optional all-wheel steering. Regardless, the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning remains America’s most considered EV pickup, according to Kelley Blue Book’s most recent Brand Watch report.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for continuous Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Dee Hart

    All-wheel steering on a pickup truck that is meant to haul weight or tow trailers concerns me… Will the rear steering be able to handle the torque the EVs are able to produce without buckling over time? Also, would the payload cause the rear steering alignment to go out of alignment?
    Cute gimmick but I think GMC is asking for a bucket off of warranty issues down the road.

  2. Malcolm Campbell

    Were can I find a dealer with the largest selection of 2022 Ford Maverick pickup truck in Virginia or Maryland area.

  3. DWH

    It appears R&D is becoming a thing of the past. Now auto manufacturers simply obtain another brands vehicle. Reverse engineer it to create or improve their current or future vehicles. I understand its the least expensive way to obtain your competitors technology, but it raises my curiosity why Ford is benchmarking the C8 and a Charger Hellcat. Maybe a future mid engine Mustang or a performance sedan to pickup lost US sedan sales. Actually I’m guessing Ford is wondering why a sedan designed decades ago with a gas Gussler Hemi sells so well while likely being benchmarked along with the C8 against the GT500. From the beginning. The GT500 target was the Corvette. That said. A mid engine performance Mustang around the price point of a C8 would be acceptable.

    1. JDE

      It is definitely not new, apparently is has been a pretty well known thing in the indutsry, at least domestically, to provide Domestic competitors sample vehicle to use for this purpose. It is not usually done in the development phase, but after each MY release so they can get the same courtesy and try to improve as well.


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