We first saw Kenwood’s aftermarket CarPlay units at CES in January, and the company has now announced pricing as the two models start shipping to dealers. The catchily-named DDX9702S and DDX9902S retail at $900 and $950 respectively (but on Amazon for $750), and support Android Auto as well as CarPlay. Only the 9702S was on Kenwood’s website at the time of writing.
The two double-DIN DDX units are designed to be the center of a vehicle’s entertainment and information system. A large, 6.95-inch resistive touch display puts navigation, back-up camera view (camera required, sold separately), and a wealth of audio / video entertainment options at the driver’s fingertips. Each is equipped with Bluetooth technology to enable handsfree phone conversations as well as playback of streaming media from a Bluetooth-enabled phone or media device.
You also get built-in HD radio, HDMI input, DVD playback and support for Sirius satellite radio …
The units have a 6.95-inch VGA display with touch-panel control with variable key lighting. If you have an Android user in the household, Kenwood says both units allow switching between CarPlay and Android Auto without having to change any settings or reset the unit.
While more than 30 car manufacturers have announced that they will be offering CarPlay units in new models, only Ferrari and Corvette have yet shipped models equipped with the technology, meaning demand for aftermarket units is likely to be high. Pioneer and Alpine also offer aftermarket solutions.