Sadly, it's not the Google-based system we were promised.
The 2023 Ford F-150 Lightning is expected to receive an updated Sync 4A interface, reports Ford Authority.
Sources close to the matter allege the electric truck will gain a revised interface designed with customer feedback in mind. The new system will reportedly boast many improvements, including a new camera icon at the top of the screen and enhanced scheduling for in-vehicle software updates.
The Blue Oval has addressed minor issues and has included more convenience features. Larger app icons will make the touchscreen safer to use, while occupants can alter the climate control and heated seat settings with the physical volume knob. Several vehicle settings have also been merged into a single menu for improved access.
These insiders claim the changes will debut in Lariat and Platinum vehicles produced after December 15. But owners of MY 2022 variants and lesser 2023 models shouldn't feel left out - a Ford Power-Up software update is expected to introduce the revised interface later.
While any helpful update is welcome, some F-150 Lightning owners may be disappointed. The electric truck was slated to receive a new Google built-in infotainment system resulting from the automaker's newly-formed partnership with the famous tech company. It was expected to be introduced in the Mustang Mach-E as well.
"This integration will unleash our teams to innovate for Ford and Lincoln customers while seamlessly providing access to Google's world-class apps and services," Ford's CEO, Jim Farley, said at the time.
We're not sure when the Google built-in system will debut, but it will undoubtedly be worth the wait. Ford claims the system will include Google Assistant, Google Maps, and access to third-party apps via the Play Store. The all-new Honda Accord is set to debut with this system next month, and it appears to be a game-changer.
Originally introduced with a price tag of less than $40,000, the F-150 Lightning lineup has received two hefty price increases in recent months. The entry-level Pro derivative now comes in at $51,974 - $11,000 more than the original MSRP.
This price hike won't dent the Lightning's appeal, though. Even the United States Forest Service cannot ignore the battery-powered truck's appeal and is currently testing three examples at parks across the country.