Ford to Update Technology on Older Vehicles

Roesch Ford, our Ford dealership near Chicago, is pleased to pass on the news that in late January, the Ford Motor Company announced plans to offer an aftermarket plug-in device for its older vehicles. Called Ford SmartLink, this exciting new gateway to technology will plug into a vehicle’s OBD-II port below the steering wheel, making it possible for owners of 2010 through 2016 Ford models to download the latest Ford Motor technology.

What will you be able to do with the new device? If you’re the owner of one of the 15 million vehicles that can use the device, you’ll be able to remotely lock, unlock, and even start your vehicle. You’ll also be able to hook up to a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, receive health and security alerts, and receive vehicle location assistance. Ford SmartLink will not be using FordPass, an app that Ford made available this past year on new vehicles, but will use a different companion app available this summer.

“Ford SmartLink will surprise and delight owners of recent model-year vehicles by adding some of today’s most popular connectivity features,” said Stephen Odell, executive vice president of global marketing, sales and service. “Offering it through our dealerships is another way to keep us connected with our customers and earn their loyalty.”

Although pricing information is not available yet, Roesch Ford is sure that whatever the upfront charge and additional monthly fees turn out to be, the software and the device will be well worth it to those of you who love older Ford vehicles. You’ll have the best of both worlds, old and new. Ford expects the new devices to be available this summer. In the meantime, if you’re one of the many people who still love older Ford vehicles, stop by Roesch Ford at 333 West Grand Avenue in Bensenville to see what deals we have on used Ford cars and trucks today!