Those clever boffins from Coventry have come up with a way to put new tech in old cars.

A new infotainment system brings modern functionality to classic vehicles in an authentic-looking, classically-styled, head unit.

Single DIN-sized Classic Infotainment System units incorporate customisable satellite navigation in up to 32 languages, smartphone integration, Bluetooth connectivity and dual DAB/DAB+ digital radio, as well as FM and AM analog reception.

Four distinct branded versions of the Classic Infotainment System will be offered specifically for Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, with a choice of black or chrome faceplate finishes to suit Jaguars, and a choice of black or silver brushed aluminum for Land Rovers.

A generic unit will also be offered for the owners of any classic or vintage car, but may require some expertise to fit.

Controlled by a 3.5-inch high-resolution touchscreen integrated between traditional rotary controls and buttons, the navigation system’s route guidance can be displayed as 2D or 3D maps, or as turn arrow instructions, and includes TMC traffic alerts.

Other key features of the Classic Infotainment System include:

  • Telephone functionality, including phonebook transfer via Bluetooth, supports up to four devices, with 1250 contacts per device
  • Internal microphone
  • System languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian
  • Up to 32 languages available for navigation function

All versions of the Jaguar Land Rover Classic Infotainment System are available to purchase from September 24, 2018 at www.jaguarclassicparts.com  priced from £1200 (no word yet on Aussie pricing).

A fitting service is offered at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Warwickshire as well as select Authorised Jaguar and Land Rover Retailers.

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New for old and older classics

Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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