Originally Posted by Nin ja
Has anyone seen the the new hardware? I assume if would have to fit within the tolerances of the current system - why do you think(or know) it to be a problem? Is there any indication that it won't retro fit correctly?
just curious ...
Highly skeptical they designed the new system to be backwards compatible. 2012 cars are based on a vehicle architecture from 2008, so very limiting in what a new unit can do if the requirement was to make it backwards compatible. The auto world has moved leaps and bounds since then. If the car had been in uninterrupted serial production, then it is likely a retrofit would be the solution since the OEM would have been hamstrung by the existing architecture of the vehicle.
With all that being said a retrofit is physically possible and if you could get the right messages to the new hardware it would likely work- but that integration work would have to be done by someone (likely the supplier of the infotainment unit itself). Essentially they would be building two variants of the infotainment system that would have to be validated on two different platforms. Can't see business case for 2012 cars, consolation prize is lighted steering wheel controls.
That being said, I may put the new infotainment center in my car, if it is any good