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New Ford Focus debuts next-generation SYNC 2 tech

  • Facelifted focus will debut new SYNC 2 technology
  • Voice recognition can direct you to nearest restaurant and book a table
  • Revised Focus will be available with 12 engine combinations

The Ford Focus is one of the biggest selling cars not only here in the UK but around the world, with over 12 million sold globally to date.

This is the eagerly anticipated new facelifted model which will arrive in the UK in November. In addition to 12 engine combinations to choose from at launch, all of which bring further improvements in CO2 emissions and fuel economy, this latest Focus will also feature the new SYNC 2 system for the very first time.

By pressing the voice control button this revolutionary bit of kit can now do a number of useful and high-tech things including finding you a resturant, booking a table and directing you there - all kicked off by saying ‘I’m Hungry’. 

You can also tell the car what cabin temperature you would like set, what song you would like to listen to on your smartphone or MP3 player and who you would like to call by just saying their name. Using sat-nav is also made easier as the voice control system can now set your destination just by the driver saying the full address at once rather than inputting manually.

“We have developed SYNC 2 so it is simple and intuitive for drivers to use, and it seamlessly switches between touch screen and voice commands,” said Christof Kellerwessel, chief engineer, Electronic and Electrical Systems Engineering, Ford of Europe. “Drivers will be able to control more in-car systems than ever before, while keeping their eyes on the road and their hands on the wheel.”

In addition to the new voice command system, SYNC 2 also features simplified, dashboard controls, a new eight-inch colour touchscreen and Ford’s Emergency Assistance, which directly connects the vehicle occupants to local emergency services operators after an accident, in the correct language for the region.

Following its debut in Europe on the new Focus, SYNC 2 will also be introduced on the new Mondeo later this year.