Ford’s new-from-the-ground-up Sync 3 entertainment, navigation and telephony system will not be coming to Australia in 2015.
The bad news for potential Ford buyers was related to Car Advice on the floor of CES by Ford Asia Pacific’s Abhi Mahapatra, product strategy manager for communications.
According to Mahapatra, the reason behind the delay relates to the differing product release cycles between different regions in the Ford empire. He did confirm that Sync 3 is definitely on Ford’s Asia Pacific road map and will come to Australia soon, but that an official announcement was still pending.
In North America, Sync 3 will make its showroom debut this year in the 2016 model year Mustang pony car.
Sync 3, which was first announced in December last year, features a completely reworked interface, featuring a more conventional strip icons for common functions across the bottom of the screen. It will also incorporate more natural language recognition, both via its voice recognition software and on-screen.
The new audio and navigation system is based on a completely different hardware and software platform that was engineered in collaboration with Panasonic. The previous MyFord Touch system, which is known as Sync 2 in Australia and used in the latest FG X Falcon and SZ Mark II Territory, was produced by Microsoft.