At CeBIT today, Garmin announced three new entry level nuvis — the nuvi 200, nuvi 250 and nuvi 270. The difference bewteen the three are the level of mapping detail. The 200 has preloaded maps of the 48 contiguous United States, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. The 250 adds Alaska and Canada, while the 270 also incoroprates maps of more than 30 European countries. Suggested retail prices are $399.99, $499.99 and $599.99 respectively, with an availability date of April. The entire 200 series sports a 3.5 inch display.
Garmin continues to improve the nuvi series; the 200, 250 and 270 are a little thinner, thanks to an internal antenna, rather than the flip-up type found on previous nuvis. As with other nuvis, the 200 series includes voice-prompted directions, picture viewer, calculator, currency converter, unit converter and world clock. The Garmin Lock security feature is provided as well.
So what’s missing? Well, at least some of my predictions about this unit appear to be true. Nowhere in the press release does it mention an MP3 player or the ability to add a traffic receiver. Stay tuned. I’ll be updating this post as more info becomes available.
UPDATE: It appears that, while it provides voice-prompted directions, the nuvi 200 series does not call out upcoming street names. So you’ll get "turn left in 500 feet" rather than "turn left on Highway One in 500 feet."