Volkswagen of America has announced that most of its 2016 models, arriving at dealers this week, will feature an all new infotainment system dubbed the MIB II, getting smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink.
Volkswagen’s Car-Net connected vehicle services platform claims to be the first movers in the industry to offer features like “Security and Service”, “Guide and Inform” and “App-Connect” supporting the three popular technologies available for smartphone integration in vehicles.
The App-Connect feature lets the customers pair their smartphones effortlessly to the bigger screen of the infotainment system, with functions like sending and receiving messages, playing audio and voice integration among others.
The Security Service feature gets functions like remote status check (doors and windows), remote honk and flash (of lights) and last parked location info. The Guide and Inform feature in the infotainment offers navigation along with weather data, real-time fuel prices with a three month SiriusXM Travel Link trial, along with a complimentary four-year SiriusXM Traffic trial.
The MIB II offers a higher resolution screens, faster processors and better graphics than the previous MIB I version seen on the 2015 VW Golf model lineup. The units feature a capacitive touch screen which supports gesture controls like swipe and pinch zoom along with a proximity sensor. The 2016 MIB II will feature four different head units depending on the trim model of the vehicle.
Customers who purchase a new 2016 Volkswagen featuring the Car-Net system will get a six month free trial. To be able to use the connectivity system after the trial period customers can choose from different subscription options which are priced at monthly for $17.99; 1 year for $199; 2 years for $378; 3 years for $540.