Ford has previewed the next generation of its in-car infotainment system, with SYNC 4 set to be available on select models in 2020. With twice as much computing power compared to the current SYNC 3 system, SYNC 4 offers a wider feature set and is tailored to run on touchscreen displays ranging from eight to 15.5 inches, in either portrait or landscape orientations.

The new system will adapt to the screen size present, and enables users to multitask efficiently and view the information they need without having to cycle through multiple screens. On 12-inch screens, a dual-window layout is displayed, while 15.5-inch screens feature what Ford calls Adaptive Dash Cards.

With this, recently used or popular features are listed horizontally underneath the main portion of the screen in individual dash cards, and above the on-screen climate controls. These cards not only contain helpful information but can be interacted with for easier convenience.

SYNC 4 also gets 4G LTE Wi-Fi and cloud connectivity as standard, which ensures that navigation features are frequently fed with fresh data and even parking information at the desired location. Meanwhile, machine learning and cloud-based voice processing lets users “talk” to their cars to carry out certain functions, and the system will automatically learn your preferences over time.

For those who are more dependent on their phones, Ford has equipped the system with cord-free Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and SYNC AppLink (Waze or Ford+Alexa) compatibility; another wireless feature is charging. In addition to these features, Convenience Controls enabled by AppLink allow for the control of various vehicle features such as lighting, climate or media, from your smartphone.

Other features of SYNC 4 include a digital owner’s manual with a searchable database and how-to videos, as well as SiriusXM with 360L, allowing users to choose from thousands of hours of on demand shows, performances and interviews.