The demand for a touch screen infotainment system nowadays is completely different from what it was before. Walk into a dealership, and you will always find one or two vehicles with a navigation system or a touch screen infotainment system inside the car. Further craving the tech-savvy Pinoy’s demand for a touch-screen infotainment system, Honda launches a new variant of their best-seller, the City.
The City E Navi+ variants are basically the same E variants, but with Honda’s Audio-Visual-Navigation (AVN) unit. This is a completely different system from Honda’s Display Audio infotainment system, the latter being more sophisticated and much more well sorted out. The AVN is fitted with a Garmin navigation system, and to further showcase Honda’s strong partnership with Garmin, map updates are available for free for 3 years. The updates can be made while the car is undergoing its preventive maintenance at the dealership.
Aside from the Garmin navigation system, the AVN is also capable of playing DVDs and Bluetooth audio streaming.
Owners of Honda vehicles with the Display Audio infotainment system fitted as standard should not worry about being left out. While GPS is not offered directly into the system, it must be noted that its still one of the few infotainment systems with an HDMI port for smartphone mirroring. Taking advantage of this feature, Honda Cars Philippines releases the SmartphoneConnection app for iPhone users.
With this iPhone application, Honda models with the Display Audio system will be treated to a Sygic Navigation app, one of the leading smartphone navigation apps in the world. In order for this feature to work, the following accessories are needed.
- iPhone 5 and up (Should be running on iOS 7.1.2 or later)
- SmartphoneConnection App (Available on the App Store)
- Sygic (Available on the App Store)
- HDMI cable
- USB Cable
- Apple Lightning Digital AV Adapter
The Honda City E Navi+ Variants are officially sold at P816,000 for the 5-speed manual model and P856,000 for the CVT.