Intent on making the new year a bit happier for Sentra and Versa buyers, Nissan
will begin offering a full-featured, low-cost navigation system for its most affordable vehicles starting in January. Developed in conjunction with Robert Bosch LLC, the fully-integrated in-dash Nissan Navigation System has a 5.0-inch LCD color touch-screen display capable of presenting either a conventional or "bird's-eye" overhead view. It also can be connected to a backup camera -- not an issue on either of these two vehicles but a clear indication that Nissan sees a bright future for it on other members of its family, as well. Beyond comprehensive routing capabilities -- including the power to determine a preferred Eco-Route that can help save fuel and lower C02 emissions -- the new Nissan Navigation System includes a full range of supplemental features most often seen on pricier counterparts. For openers, it includes an XM Satellite Radio unit that can provide real-time NavTraffic updates, offers customizable point-of-interest listings, Bluetooth connectivity, integrated iPod/MP3 playback/control functions and has its basic mapping database contained on an SD card. Priced at just $400 in the Sentra SL/SE-R/SER Spec V and $610 in the Versa SL (which does not have the Sentra's standard display audio head unit), Nissan is obviously hoping this ultra-affordable navi option will generate the same kind of high-profile consumer response that SYNC did when Ford
introduced it on the 2008 Focus.