In our last West Point Lincoln blog post about the 2017 Lincoln MKZ, we discussed the “quiet luxury” that distinguishes this luxury sedan from the competition. With that said, the 2017 MKZ (pictured) can also make a big noise when the occasion requires it. To wit: the SNYC 3 infotainment system that was unveiled to patrons of this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Lincoln collaborated with Panasonic Automotive, the world’s leading provider of automotive infotainment and connectivity solutions, to introduce the exclusive SYNC 3 system and lithium ion battery to the 2017 Lincoln MKZ. Panasonic Automotive president Tom Gebhardt explains how his company’s partnership with Lincoln is an ideal match of two brands used to delivering high-quality products to its customers.
“Luxury consumers have high expectations that their infotainment systems will provide an experience that is as responsive and elegant as their mobile devices,” said Gebhardt. “With Panasonic’s history in both consumer electronics and automotive, we have been able to expertly marry the two worlds and create a vehicle experience that is smart and sophisticated.”
While Ford vehicles have featured the SYNC 3 system for the past few years, the 2017 MKZ is the first Lincoln model to include this in-vehicle connectivity technology. The next-generation SYNC 3 will provide many of the benefits that users have come to expect, such as voice recognition and hands-free calling. The Panasonic infotainment system for the 2017 MKZ will also include a touchscreen that mimics the responsiveness of a smartphone, as well as a larger graphical interface that will allow drivers to better recognize the apps they’ll access. Moreover, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity will be a standard feature in all Ford vehicles starting with the 2017 model year.
Panasonic’s lithium-ion battery, otherwise known as the Li-ion Battery, will be a vital component of the 2017 Lincoln MKZ’s 3.0-liter V6 engine. Gebhardt says that it took Panasonic decades to perfect its lithium-ion battery technology, which involved considerable investments in manufacturing and lab research. The fruit of Panasonic’s labors have borne the company a well-deserved reputation as the world’s leading supplier of lithium ion batteries for the automotive marketplace.
Ultimately, of course, it’ll be up to customers to decide if the hard work was all worth it when the 2017 Lincoln MKZ goes on sale in summer 2016. In the meantime, you can learn more about Lincoln’s SYNC 3 system here.