Acura is becoming a member of a lot of automakers (similar to Polestar, Chevrolet and others) in integrating Google apps immediately in its infotainment system, first on the 2024 ZDX electrical SUV. The combination contains Google Maps, Google Assistant and different Google apps. Moreover, the infotainment will proceed to assist cellphone mirroring apps similar to Apple CarPlay and Google’s personal Android Auto.
Amongst these apps, maybe probably the most helpful will likely be Google Maps. The reason is that it is going to be capable of plan routes that embody charging stops and charging time estimates. Along with the routing, Google Maps will have the ability to inform the automotive to start out preconditioning the battery for the quickest potential cost occasions when going to a DC quick charger. In fact, different Google apps will allow you to register together with your account so that you’ve got entry to them with out connecting your cellphone.
However luckily, you can join and mirror your cellphone. That is notable because the ZDX will likely be on the GM Ultium platform, just like the Honda Prologue. And GM is eradicating Apple CarPlay and Android Auto assist from its upcoming Ultium fashions. So if you happen to do like these options and have an interest within the Ultium electrics, it’s possible you’ll need to contemplate the Acura and Honda fashions.
One other fascinating tidbit from the Acura infotainment announcement is the truth that the ZDX will function a touchscreen for the infotainment system. Nearly all of Acura’s present gas-powered autos use an infotainment system constructed round a touchpad, which is the solely solution to work together with the system. The one exception thus far has been the Integra, which merely lifted the Civic system wholesale. Acura did not say if the touchpad would even be included within the ZDX, although the screenshot of the system appears touchscreen-focused.
The ZDX is happening sale early subsequent yr, with a reveal presumably occurring between at times. As beforehand talked about, it is going to be Ultium-based, and we’re anticipating it to be related in measurement and efficiency to the Chevy Blazer EV. A high-performance Sort S model will likely be provided, and we would not be shocked if it will get one thing just like the 557 horsepower of the Blazer EV SS.