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Lincoln Infotainment Systems Will Likely Remain Landscape Oriented

In recent years, vertically-oriented infotainment screens have wound up in a number of FoMoCo models, including the Ford Edge, Ford Expedition, Ford F-150 Lightning, E-Transit, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and the next-generation Ford Ranger. However, Lincoln infotainment screens have stuck to a more traditional landscape (or horizontal) orientation, even in the recently-refreshed 2022 Lincoln Navigator, the 2023 Lincoln Zephyr, and the Lincoln Star concept. As it turns out, there’s a very good reason that Ford’s luxury arm is sticking to that format, however.

“So from our designers point of view, it’s all about the lines, the horizontal line creates a long sleek design language and it fits with what they’re trying to do,” Lincoln Navigator marketing manager, Laura Clark, told Ford Authority Executive Editor, Alex Luft, in a recent interview.

This reasoning makes quite a bit of sense, particularly as Lincoln has received accolades in recent years for its interior layout and design.  As we’ve seen in the past, the luxury brand is also laser-focused on customer feedback, and Lincoln customers tend to want different things than customers of other brands. One of those things is clearly landscape-oriented Lincoln infotainment screens, which is why the automaker has avoided vertical units even though they’re being utilized in more and more Ford vehicles lately.

Regardless, in a recent Ford Authority poll, the majority of readers indicated that they like Ford’s vertically-oriented infotainment screens running SYNC 4A, which is utilized in a number of vehicles including the Edge, Mustang Mach-E, and F-150 Lightning. SYNC 4A is closely related to SYNC 4, though the latter is utilized in vehicles with landscape-oriented screens. There are also a few other notable differences, as SYNC 4A adds adaptive dash cards and automatically places frequently used dash items at the top of the screen.

We’ll have more insights like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Lincoln news and around-the-clock 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. Edward

    Sync will be phased out by 2025 for the new Google system anyway. It can be used vertical or horizontal.


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