At the same time as announcing the remote update of its new vehicles, Ford unveiled the fourth generation of its SYNC system.
Having experienced a few hiccups in the past, the system has refined over time to the point of becoming one of the most intuitive in the industry with its third version. Before we can try it, let’s take note of what SYNC 4 has in store for us.
The touch screens to which SYNC 4 will be paired will vary in size from 8 inches (20.32 centimeters) to 15.5 inches (39.37 centimeters). The latter will be the largest in the industry. Recall that that of the Tesla Model 3 measures 15 inches (28 centimeters) and that of the Ram 1500 offers a size of 12 inches (30.48 centimeters).
The new 12-inch touchscreen will be able to display more than one menu at a time, which should avoid unnecessary manipulations. It will be positioned horizontally.
As for the new 15.5-inch screen, also tactile, it will offer an interactive navigation system. It will be positioned vertically.
As in the past, voice recognition will be one of the features of SYNC 4. It will remain to test your mastery of Quebec French.
SYNC 4 also offers wireless compatibility with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and SYNC AppLink. In other words, you will no longer have to connect your smartphone with a wire to access the interface of the latter on the vehicle’s touch screen. We already find a similar technology at BMW. Wireless charging will now also be possible in Ford vehicles. As an option, it will be possible to choose FordPass Connect which will be paired with a 4G LTE wi-fi terminal.
Ford assures us that the fourth generation of its SYNC system will see the light of day in 2020 on some of its models without however specifying which ones it is for the moment. However, given that the Explorer and Escape have just been renewed, it is legitimate to believe that they will be equipped with SYNC 4.
Also, it cannot be overlooked that a large part of the development behind this technology is taking place in Ontario, more specifically in Ottawa, Waterloo and Oakville.