Bose is expanding its advanced multi-speaker systems, which include speakers placed inside a headrest.
A new system due in an all new Nissan Kicks which ships this summer, marks the US debut of what Bose is calling its line of “Small Vehicle” systems “designed specifically for smaller, entry-level (A and B segment) vehicles that typically don’t offer premium branded audio,” said a spokesman.
The new Nissan Kicks will be the first car in North America to include a new 8-speaker Bose “Personal Plus” sound system with a pair of headrest speakers (for the driver only).
The system uses 2.5 inch UltraNearField speakers, which help create a “wide sound field around the driver’s seat” with the quality of sound that would typically require more speakers, said the spokesman.
The headrest speakers work with a pair of 6.5 inch Super65 door speakers, a pair of cross-firing 1-inch tweeters (one in each A-pillar) and a pair of 5.25-inch wide-range speakers (one in each door).
The Kicks is expected to sell at around $20,000.
The Bose Small Vehicle Series was first demonstrated at CES 2016.
Larger vehicles using similar technology include the Cadillac CT6, Mazda MX-5, and Fiat 124 Spider.
Photo: Bose headrest speaker in the new Nissan Kicks at LA Auto Show via CNET.