It takes about three years to design and test a car before it goes into production for you to buy. But infotainment systems often only take 12 to 18 months to finalize before going into a car. With that amount of flexibility, it allows them to mull between a few different designs before picking one.
And that’s exactly what Hyundai is doing.
Previewing the infotainment system that is set to debut in the 2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan, a car which will be foreshadowed next week with a concept in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show, the first system Hyundai showed off uses a 9.2-inch screen and has a few new features.
Using Bluetooth 3.0, it will have a jukebox function, Gracenote, Pandora, Sirius XM radio, and HD radio. Hyundai says the screen is brighter and has better resolution. If the prototypes seen at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show are studied closely, it looks like Hyundai will retain its Audi MMI-style scroll wheel for controlling most of the system, although it will also have a touchscreen interface for when you need functions more immediately.
The second BlueLink system Hyundai displayed is more befitting of a futuristic luxury car with MirrorLink, Aha radio, and a media share function, which are all fairly conventional. What isn’t is 3G Bluetooth wi-fi, internet tethering for mobile devices, and a full web browser in addition to Pandora and SoundHound.
The premium version of BlueLink is so far only going to be for the 2014 Genesis sedan, as the Genesis Coupe will get a cheaper version of the system that will be shared with the refreshed Hyundai Sonata and the next Equus will likely receive an even more decked out infotainment system, per Hyundai’s representatives. Shown alongside the Hyundai Genesis Blue2 concept from the 2011 Seoul Motor Show, Hyundai had trial versions of the Blue2′s in-car technology on display, allowing users to scan coupons with the computer telling them where the nearest restaurant was that accepted them, and facial-recognition technology.
How much of that will make it to production is yet to be seen, but we do know that elements of all of them will be seen sometime in the near future, as the 2014 Genesis will be breaking cover in fall 2013.