Ford Flex debuts with SYNC at Gitex Dubai
Ford chose Dubai’s GITEX 2008 tech-trade show as the venue to launch their 2009 Ford Flex crossover, equipped with their much-hyped Sync entertainment system.
The boxy Flex is powered by a 262 hp 3.5-litre V6, with optional all-wheel-drive, a 6-speed gearbox, two big sunroofs, six or seven seats, and a fridge. More interesting is the Ford-exclusive Sync technology based on Microsoft Auto software.
Sync seamlessly integrates the vehicle with electronic devices such as the popular Apple iPod, the unknown Microsoft Zune or any other USB-based MP3 player, and new features can be added to Sync by simply upgrading the software.
Sync can use Bluetooth for wirelessly connecting to phones and phones that play music, or it can use a USB 2.0 port for controlling and charging digital media players, all operated through voice commands or steering wheel controls. Supported file formats include MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV and PCM, with future upgrades possible.
The ability to control all portable electronic devices via voice commands, with a USB port to connect storage devices and recharge electronics, makes Sync the most advanced system of its kind.
In the Middle East, Sync will debut on the 2009 Ford Flex and the 2009 Lincoln MKS, followed closely by the 2009 Ford Edge, Expedition, F-Series trucks, Escape, Explorer, Explorer Sport Trac, Ford Five Hundred, Mercury Mariner, Mountaineer, Montego, Lincoln MKX and Navigator.
Sync has already been available in America for a while now, including in cars as cheap as the American Focus, making it a must-have option among a large percentage of American Ford buyers. It is not available in Ford’s European models.