Rest assured for the rest of the lineup.
Infotainment systems have become essential features for any new vehicle today and oftentimes customers won't buy certain brands because they take some issue with said systems. In other words, it's vital for automakers to design intuitive user interfaces that are simple to figure out. They must also offer the core features people want.
For its part, Infiniti has just announced it will debut a new version of its InTouch infotainment system for the 2020 model year on all of its models except for one, the QX60. The Q50, Q60, QX50, and flagship QX80 SUV are all recipients. The Q70 sedan was recently discontinued, though a replacement is reportedly on its way. The updated system is equipped with navigation and a WiFi hotspot with up to seven mobile devices able to connect at once.
The nav system offers a 3D city view, Destinations by Google and Street and satellite view imagery. Drivers can also complete over-the-air updates, such as maps, when connected to their home WiFi network.
Real-time traffic data can also be sent directly to the vehicle, which enables dynamic rerouting based on live traffic conditions and turn-by-turn direction. Dual screens further makes in-car connectivity easy. Owners must still subscribe to a data plan, however. As should be the case for all new vehicles on the market today, specifically from luxury brands, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration are standard. According to Infiniti, the updated system is easier to use than before due to a new interface and faster processing speed.
There's also a new Bluetooth module that makes things easier when linking up with mobile devices. A new microphone allows for better voice quality when making calls and/or using voice activation control. Will the Infiniti InTouch improvements be enough to keep customers happy and lure in new ones and, perhaps, even grab some Audi and BMW owners as well? Time will tell, but a top-quality and problem-free infotainment system is more important than ever.