August 10, 2005

New Product: Garmin Trail Guide for Jeep

Targeted at Jeep Wrangler owners, and available through Jeep dealers, Garmin has announced the Garmin Trail Guide. The device was unveiled at Camp Jeep, in Pennsylvania.

"The Trail Guide is the ideal navigation device for Wrangler owners,"said Gary Kelley, Garmin's director of marketing. "Whether traveling the highways, negotiating the byways, or hiking on foot, the Trail Guide is every bit as versatile as the Wrangler itself."

The Trail Guide is mounted atop the Wrangler's dashboard in a sleek custom cradle that provides power and audible voice prompts through dedicated speakers that are easy to hear even while traveling with the top down. For on-foot adventures, the user simply snaps the unit out of the cradle for handheld GPS navigation. The unit is powered on the Lithium-ion battery for up to 20 hours, when out of the cradle.

Loaded with detailed, street-level maps of the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico, the Trail Guide contains nearly six million points of interest - including gas stations, lodging, restaurants, attractions, and Jeep dealers and service facilities. The Trail Guide boasts other premium automotive navigation capabilities - like a high-resolution color TFT display, automatic route calculation, turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions, and automatic route recalculation - at a price that is significantly less than most built-in navigation systems.

One feature that can come in hand when havigating with the Trail Guide is that ability to set avoidance areas (regions or roads). Highlight an area or road on the map, indicate that you want to avoid it, and the GPS navigates around it. If you know that traffic in that area is terrible, avoid it and your GPS is happy to not take you there.

Jeep owners can take the Trail Guide with them when hiking, biking, camping, or fishing. The unit is completely waterproof and has an internal lithium-ion battery providing up to 20 hours of use outside the cradle. The unique antenna folds flush with the unit when not in use for added portability. The unit also accepts Garmin's MapSource U.S. Topo data for off-road adventures.

"Jeep Wrangler owners are known for their adventuresome, go-anywhere, do-anything spirit - and the Trail Guide is the perfect navigator to help them get there and back," said Paul Kelly, director of Mopar's Accessory Parts Portfolio. "And compared to many competitive navigation systems, the Trail Guide offers unique vehicle integration and is an affordable full-featured option."

Coming in September; suggested street price $667. Read more at the Garmin website.

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