Kenwood Launches Chrysler-Ready iDatalink, VW to Follow

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iDatalink Maestro RR

Starting next week, Kenwood’s 2013 DNX  in-dash navigation receivers will work in Chrysler Uconnect systems as a direct radio replacement while retaining Uconnect features.

With an optional ADS iDatalink Maestro RR module that can now be “flashed” (firmware updated) to accommodate Chrysler vehicles, plus a new wiring harness, Kenwood radios will retain factory Bluetooth, USB, voice commands and the Chrysler VES rear seat entertainment system.   Steering wheel controls are also retained as are OBD2 features such as monitoring tire pressure, gauges and check engine codes.

Kenwood radios already work with Ford SYNC and GM Onstar through the Maestro RR module and Kenwood announced that next year, the module will also accommodate Volkswagen vehicles.

With the Volkswagen launch in the first quarter 2014, Kenwood radios can replace the factory radio but retain USB, satellite radio, Bluetooth, parking assist, steering wheel controls and in some cars, climate controls.  It will also retain OBD2 features.

About 5 Kenwood DNX in-dash receivers starting at about $750 are currently compatible with the Maestro RR module.

Source: CEoutlook

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