There is an astonishing amount of technology present in today’s automobiles. Everything from transmissions to traction control, stability control, and other vehicle monitoring systems are all controlled by onboard computers. Therefore, it makes sense that General Motors would showcase its latest gadgets not at an auto show, but at the 2013 International CES show.
CES is the world’s largest trade show, drawing thousands of engineers, geeks, and tech-minded people from all over the world. Here, GM was showing off its latest in-car infotainment system called MyLink. The MyLink system won a CES Innovation Award for 2013 and was available for demonstrations throughout the show.
MyLink is GM’s answer to Ford’s MyFord Touch and Sync systems. With MyLink, drivers will be able to program routes and directions, check weather, listen to Internet radio stations such as Pandora, receive traffic updates, and more. The system can also be paired with a smartphone via Bluetooth to stream audio, make calls and take advantage of text message and email capabilities.
Drivers will interact with the system through an 8-inch touchscreen in the dash or by voice command. GM emphasizes that this system uses “natural voice command” and does not require you to recite cumbersome sequences of instructions. There are also control buttons on the steering wheel and a smaller display in the instrument cluster, so drivers need not take their eyes away from the road.
MyLink will come standard on the 2014 Impala LT and LTZ models, and will be available on the Silverado, Equinox, and Volt by the end of the year. The 2014 Impala goes on sale this Spring.
The standard engine is a 2.5L inline 4-cylinder which makes 195 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. Drivers looking for a bit more power will likely opt for the 3.6-liter V6 with 305 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque. A fuel-efficient eAssist model will also be available down the road. All three engine choices will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
The 2.5L Impala starts at $29,875 for the LT model and $34,555 for the LTZ trim. The 3.6L Impala starts at $30,760 for the LT and $36,580 for the top-of-the-line LTZ version. I am excited to see Chevrolet take on the competition with what looks to be a world-class car full of high-tech amenities.