As Ford Authority reported in February 2021, future Blue Oval models will utilize an Android-based infotainment system starting next year after Ford and Google signed a six-year partnership agreement. This new software will launch at different times in different vehicles, effectively replacing Sync in the process, while also utilizing a robust number of third-party applications. As Ford Authority reported in April, the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning was slated to become one of the first vehicles to receive this new infotainment system. However, Ford revealed a number of key updates for the 2023 F-150 Lightning earlier today, and there was no mention of the Android-based system.
That means that the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning will at least launch with its carryover setup, which consists of a 12-inch infotainment screen running Sync 4 for Pro and XLT trims, or a 15.5-inch screen running Sync 4A on Lariat and Platinum pickups in standard configurations. However, it’s possible that the F-150 Lightning may still get the new Android-based infotainment system at some point in the 2023 model year.
As Ford Authority reported earlier today, the 2023 F-150 Lightning is receiving a few changes for the new model year, including a range boost for models equipped with the standard range battery, a new feature dubbed Pro Trailer Hitch Assist, which automatically controls steering, throttle, and brake inputs to make hitching trailers easier, and the addition of a police-focused SSV variant.
The big news, however, is that the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning is also getting a substantial price increase across the board, ranging from $6,000 to $8,500 depending on configuration, though that won’t apply to carryover order holders and those that received an invitation to order yet chose to extend their reservation because their vehicle specification was unavailable. 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning order banks are set to open this Thursday, August 11th – a couple of days later than previously expected – with production beginning on October 10th, 2022.