Opel Karl Gets OnStar and IntelliLink Technology, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay Also Available

Opel Karl will now be available with OnStar and the IntelliLink system.
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The smallest member of the Opel family gets these technology updates in its home market, but the rest of Europe will also be able to order the systems in the Karl range in the near future.

The OnStar service provides an internet connection for the Adam and is available free of charge in the first year after registration. As our American readers already know, OnStar is an existent General Motors service.

It allows customers to track their cars in case they get stolen, remotely stop them if they’re on the move with the thief at the wheel, remotely open or lock them, start the engine from a distance, and even report an accident to appropriate authorities and call emergency services in case a crash occurs. The system has served millions and is a tool only premium manufacturers offered in Europe until now.

The 3.68-meter-long Opel car seats up to five adults and gets OnStar as standard on the Innovation trim level. For the Edition trim level, the OnStar system costs 490 euros on the German market. Meanwhile, the IntelliLink system starts at 350 euros for the Karl. Basically, thanks to the OnStar addition, the Karl becomes the first car in the segment that can be fitted with such services from the factory.

On the infotainment front, the Karl can be equipped with the R4.0 IntelliLink system. This is Opel’s latest infotainment interface and consists of a seven-inch touchscreen with extended capabilities. For example, the system supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, two competing systems that are becoming increasingly common as infotainment options.

The extra functionality for Opel’s infotainment system connects the driver’s smartphone to the car’s onboard buttons, thus allowing the use of certain features of the device in a safe manner. From reading and writing texts for WhatsApp or Skype to using Google Maps, the system brings extended functionality to the infotainment screen.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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