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Ford F-150 Lightning To Get Updated Sync 4A Interface

As Ford Authority reported back in April, the Ford F-150 Lightning was expected to become one of the very first vehicles in The Blue Oval’s lineup to utilize a new Android-based infotainment system as part of a new partnership with Google – a move that was confirmed by CEO Jim Farley himself. Additionally, the Ford Mustang Mach-E was also slated to receive a total display makeover incorporating this same change for 2023, as well as video streaming apps. However, neither of these things happened, and the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning instead launched with the same carryover Sync 4A software. Now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the 2023 F-150 Lightning will instead get an updated Sync 4A interface in the coming days.

For 2023, the Sync 4A system present in select F-150 Lightning models will look and feel a bit different than its predecessor courtesy of a new layout that was revised using customer feedback. This new system features enhancements including a new camera icon at the top of the 15.5-inch infotainment screen, improved scheduling for Ford Power-Up in-vehicle software updates, consolidated vehicle settings into a single menu for easier access, larger app icons, new icons for the status bar, and the ability to adjust fan, temperature, and heated seat settings via the audio volume knob.

For now, this change applies to 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning Lariat and Platinum pickups built after December 15th, though 2022 model year pickups and other 2023 models produced before that date will also get a Ford Power-Up software update featuring these enhancements at a future date.

As Ford Authority originally reported back in February 2021, future Blue Oval models will eventually utilize Google’s new Android-based infotainment system after the two companies previously signed a six-year partnership agreement. This new software is expected to launch at different times in different vehicles, effectively replacing Sync in the process, while also utilizing a robust number of third-party applications.

We’ll have more on the 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford F-150 news, F-150 Lightning news, and ongoing 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. MikeG

    The 4A makeover is already out in the wild. I’ve got it on my ’22 Lightning. It’s version “Sync 640”. Works great.


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