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This Week In Trucks: Volume 15

Ford F-150 Lightning Bonus

The blue oval brand’s first all electric truck hasn’t even reached customers yet and there’s already good news for buyers in the performance department.

Ford F-150 Lightning

When it debuted in May last year, the pickup was stated to produce approximately 426 and 563 horsepower with the standard-range and extended range battery packs, respectively — these numbers have been upped to 480 and 480. Other improved specs include maximum payload capacity, which is now 2,235 pounds up from 2,000, and total range getting a 32-kilometre bump providing a revised figure of 515 kilometres for XLT and Lariat trims utilizing the extended-range battery.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning starts under $70,000 CAD.

Polestar 2 Tackles Climate Change

New updates are being implemented on all Polestar 2 vehicles moving forward as the company attempts to address sustainability and carbon footprint.

Polestar 2

In a partnership with Circulor, that specializes in complex industrial supply chain traceability, the EV crossover’s batteries now feature blockchain accountability. This means so-called risk minerals used in construction can be traced from material source to finished product to ensure ethical mining and manufacturing processes are employed. The aluminum tray for the battery casing will also see a 750-kg reduction in carbon emissions per car thanks to a decision to only solicit renewable energy-friendly suppliers.

One more change in strategy is increasing the implementation of recyclable and recycled interior components, and to always offer a vegan upholstery option.

2023 Yukon Denali Goes Ultra-Premium

Just when you thought a Yukon Denali was already pretty darned luxurious for its segment, GMC is introducing a first-ever Ultimate variant.

2023 GMC Yukon Denali Ultra-Premium

The grade-topping model has a cool blacked-out exterior theme boasting lots of Vader chrome appointments on the grille, skid plate and various parts of the body. Inside front passengers get to experience 16-way adjustable massaging front seats with headrest speakers and an 18-speaker Bose Performance Series stereo. Etched metal speaker grilles add to a classy touch.

Consumers can choose either the 6.2-litre V8 engine or the optional Duramax 3.0-litre TurboDiesel, both mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Magnetic Ride Control, Air Ride adaptive suspension and an electronic limited-slip differential are all standard equipment as well.

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