By Nat Shirley
Tuesday, Nov 27th, 2012 @ 2:20 pm
 

Chevrolet has revealed its next-generation MyLink system, which the automaker hopes will give it the upper hand over Ford's improved MyFord Touch setup in the increasingly important realm of infotainment/connectivity systems.

Set to debut in the 2014 Impala sedan, the new MyLink system continues to let users control smartphones and access apps through voice commands or a touchscreen display, but it also incorporates a few key upgrades. Perhaps the most significant is a new natural language voice recognition system that enables users to place calls, enter destinations, browse media, play music and control other functions without using cumbersome standardized "key phrases."

Another new feature is a favorites system that can store up to 60 radio stations, contacts, destinations, songs and other media.

The updated MyLink system features four preset "themes," which Chevrolet says were inspired by smartphones and tablets, that change its appearance in the center stack and instrument console. In the Impala, a 4.2-inch touchscreen is standard, while an optional 8.0-inch display lets users swipe, click and drag just as they would on a tablet. Redundant buttons on the center stack and steering wheel give users other options for controlling the system.

After launching in the 2014 Impala, the new MyLink system will also make its way to the C7 Corvette and Chevrolet's redesigned full-size pickups and SUVs.

Chevrolet also announced today that it will begin incorporating Siri integration into its vehicles early next year. The Sonic and Spark will be the first models equipped to pair with Apple's personal assistant service.