The big change with regard to SYNC 3 over previous iterations of the system is the immense improvement in speech-recognition. Ford promises that European customers will be able to control entertainment, navigation, connected smart devices, and more with simple, conversational commands; phrases as simple as “I need a coffee” or “I need to park.” SYNC 3 can be paired with both Android- and iOS-powered devices, and in the new Ford Kuga, an 8-inch touchscreen gives users direct control, featuring pinch and swipe gestures for the first time.
Ford’s SYNC 3 for Europe also adds compatibility for five additional languages: Czech, Danish, Norwegian, Polish (including voice control) and Swedish (including voice control). Nine European languages already available on previous versions of the system will also return: Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish, and UK English.
The infotainment system will launch on the Mondeo sedan, and S-MAX and Galaxy people-movers, and of course, the Kuga crossover.