Just last week, the all-new, next-generation Ford infotainment system – otherwise known as the “Ford Digital Experience” debuted after years of anticipation, and it’s already headed to a pair of models – the redesigned 2024 Lincoln Nautilus, as well as the just-revealed, refreshed 2025 Ford Explorer. However, there are quite a few other recently-revised Blue Oval models that will continue to utilize the existing SYNC software, which raises the question – is the new Ford Digital Experience, which was developed in conjunction with Google – part of the SYNC family? Luckily, that is a question that Ford Authority was able to answer easily.
“SYNC remains in our product lineup as its own infotainment platform (having unique hardware, software, and display screen configurations), and we’ll continue to offer it in certain vehicles and improve it via software updates,” Alan Hall, director of technology communications at Ford, explained to Ford Authority.
Thus, it’s pretty clear that the new, next-generation Ford infotainment system is not part of the SYNC family, which has been around for quite some time now. However, it’s also interesting to learn that FoMoCo plans to continue using SYNC in select models for the time being, meaning that it will field two different types of infotainment software at the same time. That list includes the Ford Bronco Sport and Ford Maverick – which come equipped with the older SYNC 3 developed in conjunction with Panasonic – as well as recently-updated models like the 2024 Ford F-150, 2024 Ford Mustang, and 2023 Ford Escape, as well as the refreshed Ford Kuga sold in other markets, all of which come with SYNC 4.
Ford Digital Experience features a number of connected features and integrated apps from the likes of Google and Amazon, as well as other third-party applications like Spotify and Audible, to name just a few. The idea is to make the infotainment experience a more seamless one, as well as highly personalized based on the preferences of the person driving the vehicle.