Android Auto has been a slow burn on release, and while you can buy a new car with Android Auto, the real interest for most people is in third-party units to add to your vehicle. Android Auto partner Kenwood, who previously announced units at CES has now released information on their launch of Android Auto in Australia.
Kenwood is a premium supplier of car entertainment equipment, they have a great name in the industry and provide some of the best sounding car audio equipment out there. Kenwood has three units slated for release in 2016 which will feature Android Auto as well as Apple Car Play. The units will range in price from $1099 up to $1899.
The three models will include a great selection of features including Miracast and Apple if you purchase the optional Wireless receiever (KCA-WL100). Unlike previous models we’ve seen, the Kenwood range includes a 7″ capacitive LED touch screen making for a responsive head unit while navigating the infotainment system.
|7″ Capacitive LED touch screen||✔||✔||✔|
|Dual Phone Hands Free||✔||✔||✔|
|Android Auto and Apple CarPlay||✔||✔||✔|
|Wifi “Air” Mirroring ready (Miracast and Apple Airplay)||Requires KCA-WL100 option (RRP $129)|
|DAB+ Digital Tuner includes Antenna||✔||✔|
|13 Band EQ||✔||✔||✔|
|Digital Time Alignment||✔||✔||✔|
|High Resolution Audio||✔||✔||✔|
|AAC Music Streaming(iOS)||✔||✔||✔|
|5V,RCA Pre-out x 3||✔||✔||✔|
|Dual USB -Max 1.5A Charging||✔||✔||✔|
|USB Video out to ext monitor||✔||✔||✔|
|Dual Camera Inputs||✔||✔||✔|
|Direct OEM Steering Wheel Remote||✔||✔||✔|
|Air Gesture Feature||✔|
|GARMIN Navigation System Built IN||✔|
The DDX916WS and DNX8160DABSN models will have additional features with the DDX916WS being released as an OEM solution for specific Toyota,Subaru and Mitsubishi Vehicles only, it will also support Air Gestures.
The 2016 range of Kenwood stereos will begin arriving at Car Audio Specialists as well as JB Hifi and Autobarn in May. We’re lining up a hands-on look at these great new head units as soon as they’re available.