Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has revealed that a recently launched line of aftermarket infotainment systems for the brands' classic models will soon be available to Canadian customers.
The British automaker will offer single-DIN (the size of a typical aftermarket car stereo available at auto parts stores) systems in four different head unit designs to suit the aesthetics of a range of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles from years past. Black and chrome faceplates will be offered for Jaguar cars, while Land Rover-specific units will come in black or silver brushed aluminum finishes.
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JLR says the systems will incorporate modern functions like navigation (in up to 32 languages), Bluetooth and smartphone integration, plus the AM/FM radio functions more typical of the vehicles' vintage. Other features include USB inputs and SD card slots.
Many of the high-tech functions will be controlled via a 3.5-inch touchscreen framed by more traditional rotary controls and hard buttons, and an internal microphone will pick up voices in the cabin for hands-free phone calls.
JLR doesn't say how many specific models or model years will support the new stereo systems, but we presume they'll work in any car that came with a single-DIN radio, a size adopted by the International Standards Organization (ISO) in 1984.
Canadian availability begins in October, and while pricing hasn't been set yet, this looks set to be a pricey add-on for your classic British vehicle: in the UK, these units are priced to start at more than CAD$2,000.
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