Infiniti is developing an overhauled infotainment system for its next-generation range of models arriving from 2021.
During the Australian launch of the Infiniti QX80, company product strategy vice-president Francois Bancon confirmed to GoAuto that the new system will adopt a larger screen and be more responsive. In the interim, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be introduced to the current infotainment system in 2019.
“Apple CarPlay will be rolled out next year, depending on the market from March to the rest of the year depending on how we cascade the application.
“Next year is going to be the first step of improvement, and as we move forward with a bigger display, 12.0-inch, 15.0-inch whatever, of course we are going to improve the accuracy.
“The appearance of the system, for example in QX50, which is the same as in Q50, we’re not going to change. But we just redesign the whole system behind, more capacity, faster reaction time, high definition display and full connectivity,” Bancon said.
Infiniti’s system is in need of an update
Bancon admitted that Infiniti is lagging behind some of its competition in terms of the display systems it offers across its range.
While the next-generation infotainment system is promising to be a significant advancement over the current setup, Bancon indicated that it will retain a dual-screen configuration like the existing system. Consequently, the top screen will house the navigation and audio functions while the lower monitor displays phone and vehicle settings. In future, these two screens could be housed under a single display.