Henry Ford’s predilection for blank-painted Model Ts didn’t have anything to do with the automotive titan’s personal taste, but rather his desire to simplify production and maximize profits. While we’re all glad FoMoCo moved away from that single-hue paint program nearly 100 years ago, the brand has never forgotten that chapter. Ford released the New Platinum Black Package on Thursday for the F-150 Lightning lineup, which brings a matte black hue to the truck for the first time.
The all-new 2024 Ford Lightning Platinum Black Package is the first special variant of the EV pickup that we’ve seen so far, with total production limited to just 2000 units. As the name suggests, the package is based on the range-topping Platinum trim and comes bolstered by Ford’s larger extended-range battery pack as standard equipment. This 131-kWh battery pack is slated to provide owners with a targeted 300 miles of range, which is in line with the 2023 offering. Output will come rated at 580 hp and 775 lb-ft of torque.
On the exterior, the matte hue is not a painted finish, with Ford opting to wrap the trucks with some help from 3M instead. The wrap is applied over the brand’s Agate black color, and is backed by a 3-year/36,000-mile warranty. Gloss black accents dot the exterior, while 22-inch matte black wheels complement the wrap job. Other adjustments include a black tonneau, agate black running boards, and a smoked light bar.
Inside the truck you’ll find a similar theme, with tons of gloss black accents throughout. That starts with the Nirvana leather seats, as well as the smattering of bespoke interior badges included in the package. There’s even a number build plate located in the door jamb to let owners know exactly which Lightning Platinum Black Package is theirs. Ford also installed Lightning graphics on the truck’s glass roof panel.
The 2024 Ford Lightning Platinum Black Package will arrive for 2024 and is slated to carry a base price of $99,990 with destination charges included. That’s a fair bit more than a similarly equipped Lightning Platinum, which starts around $93,290. Whether or not a graphics package for an EV truck will prove collectible in the future, Ford’s got some experience in the field. The truck itself is a great nod to the F-150 Nite and Bronco Nite models of the early 1990s, which carried a similar black color scheme. The old trucks had a better graphics package, however.
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