JDM Overhaul - Integrating Aussie GPS Navigation system on Nissan Elgrand's Audio.
Hello This is Naviplus :) and you are reading one of our blogs!
This is a blog from our previous Navigation installation on Imported E52 Nissan Elgrand 2012 model, that visited us almost 3 week ago.
These days this vehicle can be spotted on road a lot and sometimes it gets people confused with new Honda Odyssey, due to similar size and design.
Yet Elgrand is a totally different and better car among its class.
First, featured by those luxurious systems:
Automatic sliding door
Dual / Panorama Sunroofs
Bird eye view (360') Camera system
Strong 3.5L Engine that is currently used with Infiniti Skyline / Nissan 350Z
Also a Touch screen system whilst uses same audio software as Pathfinder / Patrol in Australia. This is a pretty big deal, consider while audio software is the same system, production by Nissan / Infiniti, It has touch screen that grants fully touch function over every feature the audio grants, whilst Australia's Nissan system doesn't.
Although noone in Naviplus have owned / going to own Nissan Elgrand at the moment, according to our customers and our importers, Elgrand is slowly heating the market with its luxury features, the exotic look and of course, low KMS and decent price.
Yet the limitation of Japanese domestic vehicle is also the big obstacle that holds the sale of the car.
As the whole audio system is in Japanese, while not granting additional lanugage pack / controller key nor update available to update the language.
The second one is pretty critical due to Neither Nissan or Infiniti Australia have such solution available.
Some so called 'specialists' have the solution to change it to English version, - unforuntately we aren't in that 'Specialists' bracket - yet the demanding price easily tops up the whole price of installating an aftermarket Audio system. top range from Alpine / Pioneer / Eclipse etc.
Luckily the bluetooth and Radio is pretty straight forward as it still shows who called and which channel you are on.
Yet GPS? that is the real tragic, and lots of Elgrand and other JDM owners been searching for the solution.
In fact, the solution has been in this market for a while, (and It's not those typical replacement system) yet people's expectation of make the system English and Aussie GPS with cheap price blinds their needs.
To repond to those needs, we are bringing the system back to top of the water, that it's been in the market before, yet hasn't been recongnized.
Introducing Nissan's Factory Audio Integrated Navigation system.
As you can see, It does not change nor removes anything from the car, exactly same audio system, not changed. Only shares the audio display between Radio and Navigation.
And just in case some of you wonder, No. Our Navigation system does not take away your Gear knob.
It was pulled out during installation in progress of opening dashboard.
The audio system in Elgrand is far more superior than Australian Nissan's, despite the fact that it does not support English (Bleh) It grants touch function and far more features.....yet again language barrier kicks in. Wish we can sort it out but Language conversion is way above our level :(
So let's just focus on Touch function the car already has.
As some of you may know, some of current Nissan SUV line up do not have Touch screen, especially
Pathfinder, Patrol and Murano, and they don't come with standard Navigation either.
In order to install a Navigation system like this to those, It will require Touch panel implementation, pretty strong word but it's just an overlay of the panel over the glass panel of screen :P
For us, It's one of the easiest jobs in our products, yet some people will find hard to feel so.
Where as Elgrand, already has that feature and grants easier and quicker installation.
You will be able to see those 4 orange-ish dots at bottom of the naked screen.
Those are the touch panel film that the car alreday has - the touch panel is meant to have standard / common form regardless of genuine and aftermarket.
That film connects to our GPS module and sends and receives touch input & action between screen and GPS module, audio itself isn't involved.
The Navigation Mapping we've used is an iGO Primo that comes with 1 year unlimited Free update license and grants fast and reliable mapping throughout Australia and New Zealand.
If you always wanted to keep everything in stock while granting more feautes to the car, and car like Elgrand that has almost everything except proper GPS, this could be it!
The price of our system is at $1,200.00 for supplied and fitted, comes with 1 Year direct warranty by us.
Thank you for reading.