UPDATE: I’ve added links to the product pages on Garmin’s website.
Garmin has announced their 2014 nuvi Essential series, featuring 5″ and 6″ models, a 7″ nuvi 2798LMT with a wireless backup camera, and lower prices.
If the images above and below look familiar, they should. They look just like the 2013 Essential series. Instead of new features, Garmin appears to be focusing on lower prices, a new 6″ model line, and wireless backup camera compatibility.
2014 Essential series bring 5″ & 6″ screens, lower prices
The 5″ and 6″ models are part of the Essential series line which features…
…premium functionalities that were previously only available in the Advanced Series. New to the Essential Series are lifetime traffic avoidance on select models, School Zone Warnings, a quick search field to easily find addresses and points of interest (POIs), and Up Ahead, a feature that shows a continuous stream of points of interest next to the map view.
List prices will range from $129.99 to $209.99.
Here’s the model breakdown (LM models offer lifetime maps; LMT models offer lifetime traffic and maps):
|nuvi 55||5″||49 states||$129.99|
|nuvi 55LM||5″||49 states||$159.99|
|nuvi 55LMT||5″||49 states||$179.99|
|nuvi 65LM||6″||49 states||$179.99|
|nuvi 65LMT||6″||49 states||$199.99|
The 2014 Essential series feature set appears similar to the 2013 Advanced series, but we don’t know yet if there will be models that include voice command, active lane guidance, etc. But the 2798LMT does have them…
7″ nuvi 2798LMT features wireless backup camera and advanced features
The 7″ nuvi 2798LMT will include advanced features such as voice command, Garmin Real Directions and active lane guidance. Regarding the BC20 wireless backup camera, Garmin says it…
…is rugged enough to withstand even the harshest of weather and can be mounted on the rear of the vehicle (professional installation recommended). If the camera is wired to the reverse lights for power, the navigator can automatically display the live camera feed every time the vehicle is shifted into reverse (and back to navigation mode when shifted into a forward gear.). A simple button press will toggle between camera and navigation modes if the camera is plugged into constant power.
The MSRP is $399.99.
Coming in February
All the new models are expected to be available next month. I’ll update this post with more details as the become available.
What do you think? Does anything you’ve read here interest you?