Garmin is announcing their 2013 nuvi series today, with new additions to their Essential, Advanced and Prestige series. New to the nuvi line is a high-end unit with a magnetic mount, a couple of 7″ models, interface changes and new features including Real Directions, active lane guidance, and voice-activated traffic. Read on for more details…
Goodbye 3.5″, hello 7″
Garmin has dropped 3.5″ models from their Essentials line, with the bottom of the line 2013 nuvis sporting 4.3″ screens. On the high end, we’ll see the first nuvis with a 7″ screen.
Top of the line nuvi 3597LMTHD and magnetic mount
The new top-of-the-line 5″ Garmin nüvi 3597LMTHD includes a powered magnetic mount, as shown below.
New traffic models will provide traffic information by voice (a la TomTom), while owners of voice command models will be able to select a faster route by speaking a response. According to Garmin, the “voice integration lets drivers know if there is traffic on the route, what the expected delay is and if there is a faster route.” A revamped “slide-in” sidebar interface will provide much more information on the map screen regarding traffic incidents (see below).
This feature is similar to Magellan’s Landmark Guidance. Here’s what Garmin has to say about it…
The new feature uses recognizable landmarks, buildings, traffic lights and stop signs to give directions. For example, the new feature tells drivers to “turn right after the Starbucks®” or “turn left at the traffic light.”
The problem I found in Magellan’s case was the use of outdated POIs that no longer exist. Garmin says “the landmarks and buildings selected for directions have been checked rigorously for visibility, prominence and permanence” (emphasis mine).
Active Lane Guidance
Lane Guidance will now feature voice prompts as well as an animated graphic (image below).
I’m sure there are more, but here are the changes noted in today’s news release (the “Up Ahead” feature is shown in the image at the top of this page) :
The new and refined interface keeps the driving map onscreen at all times and displays additional information in slide-in windows, such as points of interest along the route and real-time traffic. A new Up Ahead function provides easy access to points of interest nearby. Up Ahead appears alongside the driving map and constantly informs of nearby services, including restaurants, fuel stations, hospitals and stores. In addition to speed limit warnings, the new nüvi units now also provide school zone warnings.
Also notable, from the images it appears that the street you are on will now be shown at the bottom of the screen.
Garmin nuvi 2013 series breakdown
The series breakdown as follows:
This basic seriers includes models numbered 42, 44, 52 and 54. Thankfully the 49 state (US only) models (42/52) and the ones that also include Canada (44/54) have different model numbers, unlike in the 2012 series. The 42/44 models have 4.3″ screens, while the 52/54 models have 5″ screens. And of course, the LM models include lifetime map updates.
The Advanced series will include 4.3″ 24×7, 5″ 25×7 and 7″ 27×7 models. The screen resolution on the 7″ models will be 800×480, the same as the 35xx series, but higher resolution than 2012’s 25xx series. For the first time, Garmin’s HD Digital Traffic receiver can be added to all 2013 Advanced series models.
Only two models do not include lifetime maps and traffic. The 2577LT is presumably a transatlantic model, preloaded with North American and European maps. The other is the the 7″ 2757LM.
The 5″ 3597LMT HD is the only models in the Prestige series (although I’ll speculate that we could see additional models later in the year). It includes an HD traffic receiver.
Still no news on an iOS version of the Smartphone Link app, although they did say “we are looking into this.”
Models and list prices
Listed below are model numbers, list prices and a few other details.
|nüvi 42||Essential||4.3″||49 states||$119.99|
|nüvi 42LM||Essential||4.3″||49 states||$149.99|
|nüvi 44||Essential||4.3″||US + Canada||$129.99|
|nüvi 44LM||Essential||4.3″||US + Canada||$159.99|
|nüvi 52||Essential||5″||49 states||$139.99|
|nüvi 52LM||Essential||5″||49 states||$169.99|
|nüvi 54||Essential||5″||US + Canada||$149.99|
|nüvi 54LM||Essential||5″||US + Canada||$179.99|
|nüvi 2457LMT||Advanced||4.3″||North America||$199.99|
|nüvi 2497LMT||Advanced||4.3″||North America||$229.99|
|nüvi 2557LMT||Advanced||5″||North America||$219.99|
|nüvi 2577LT||Advanced||5″||North America + Europe||$249.99|
|nüvi 2597LMT||Advanced||5″||North America||$249.99|
|nüvi 2757LM||Advanced||7″||North America||$249.99|
|nüvi 2797LMT||Advanced||7″||North America||$299.99|
|nüvi 3597LMTHD||Prestige||5″||North America||$379.99|
- Garmin’s news release also noted what they have dubbed Real Voice which improves “the navigation voice itself…a new human voice that sounds better than ever before”
- They also say that the Advanced and Prestige series have yet to pass FCC muster, so I expect we may see the Essential series available almost immediately, just like last year; I’ll note that they do say “the new nüvi lineup is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2013”
- The previously leaked Garmin Express software was also formally announced today
More info forthcoming
I’ll either update this post or publish a new one as more info (Done! UPDATE: news release link, etc.) becomes available on the 2013 line, so stay tuned. There’s also bound to be some interesting discussion in the comments section below; let us know if you have questions. In the meantime, here are a couple more pics: