Garmin’s nuvi 1200 and nuvi 1300 lines, announced today, are the first nuvi’s to offer public transportation and pedestrian-specific navigation, packed into a thinner and lighter form factor that previous nuvi models. The two new families bring 8 new GPS devices to the masses, all with optional CityXplorer maps covering North America and Europe. The addition of CityXplorer is likely a move by Garmin to create a PND with mobile phone-like features.
The nuvi 1300 family includes the nuvi 1300, nuvi 1350, nuvi 1350T, nuvi 1370T and nuvi 1390T. The 5 new nuvi 1300’s all have a 4.3-inch touchscreen, text-to-speech, and ecoRoute, a new Garmin product that suggests fuel-efficient route options. The nuvi 1300 is a typical entry-level device with maps of the United States, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. It’ll cost $249.99. Moving up to the nuvi 1350, map coverage extends to include all of North America and includes lane assist which suggests what lane you should be in. The nuvi 1350T will come with full North American map coverage, lane assist and free real-time NAVTEQ traffic updates for life. Next up is the nuvi 1370T which comes with maps of both North America and Europe, lane assist, NAVTEQ traffic updates, an integrated traffic receiver and Bluetooth. Finally, the nuvi 1390T will include all the features of the 1370T but adds in junction view allowing images of upcoming intersections, junctions, etc. The last four models will be priced at $299.99, $349.99, $449.99 and $399.99, respectively.
The nuvi 1200 series brings 3 new models to the table, all with 3.5-inch touchscreen displays and text-to-speech. The nuvi 1200 will include maps of the United States, Puerto Rico and Hawaii, while the nuvi 1250 and nuvi 1260T have map coverage of North America. The nuvi 1260T also throws in Bluetooth and NAVTEQ traffic alerts. The nuvi 1200, nuvi 1250 and nuvi 1260T are priced at $199.99, $249.99 and $299.99, respectively.
All of the new models in Garmin’s nuvi 1200 and nuvi 1300 families will be available for purchase in the second quarter of 2009.