Ford’s SYNC 3 to Debut First on Ford Escape

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The SYNC 3 home screen features three zones, Navigation, Audio and Phone, as well as a quick access function tray along the bottom making for a more straight-forward user experience.

One the bigger complaints from auto journalists and buyers alike about newer Ford vehicles is the infotainment system called MyFord Touch. It combines all the power of Ford’s SYNC system, and adds navigation, an enhanced touch screen interface, and more. However, complaints of being difficult to use and the system being slow have given the system poor marks from many places.

Personally, I don’t have a huge issue with the system, other than it’s definitely slow by today’s standards. But that’s about to change with the introduction of SYNC 3. SYNC 3 is Ford’s next-generation infotainment and connectivity system that brings increased performance, more connectivity options, and even AppLink for 3rd party app support.

Ford SYNC 3 AppLink

I had a demo of the system late last year, and I must say I was impressed by what I saw. It was definitely snappier than the previous system, and support for AppLink and Siri Hands Free will make it much more functional. But since that demo, I have been wondering, “when will it ship?”

Ford initially said it’d be on 2016 model year vehicles, but we later learned the new Explorer won’t have it from the start. Now, thanks to a Ford blog post, we know the system will make its first appearance in the 2016 Ford Escape, before being rolled out to other vehicles.

Ford’s utility communications guru, Will Mattiace, shows us how quick the new system is in a new video from Ford. While I haven’t used the system in-depth, it’s a much more mature setup and should silence many of the critics.

Be sure to check it out on the 2016 Escape when it hits dealerships later this year. In the meantime, let us know what you think in the forums!

via [Ford]

Chad Kirchner is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other auto sites.

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