Chrysler announced it will equip several of its lower-trim vehicles with Microsoft’s infotainment system, which is also used by Fiat.
The new Microsoft system will share a name with Uconnect, Chrysler’s highly appreciated infotainment system. The two infotainment systems will operate differently. The company which will provide almost all the software and other technology necessary for the Uconnect system, is called QNX Software Systems. Chrysler’s QNX-based infotainment system is considered sophisticated, but at the same time easy to use.
The Uconnect 5.0, Microsoft’s system, was introduced last year in the Fiat 500L in Europe, but it is now installed on Chrysler’s lower-trim versions of the 2013 Ram 1500. Fiat 500L’s Uconnect 5.0 system, has a 5-inch touch screen, support for tablet, smartphhone, media players and computer and the ability to install services and applications, such as Fiat’s eco:Drive app, which offers information about the engine and emissions.
The Microsoft infotainment system is now standard in the Fiat 500L, which will hit the US market in June, at the starting price of $19.900. The automaker will also introduce another version, with a more rugged look, called the 500L Trekking, with a starting price of $21,995.
“The all-new Fiat 500L expands the reach of the Fiat brand, appealing to customers who like the contemporary Italian style, but need more space and functionality,” Jason Stoicevich, head of Fiat’s North American sales, said in a statement.
Source: Automotive News