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So, I really wanted to add some more features to my MY12 Si4 infotainment - specifically Google Maps and Spofity. I have previous had good experience with the so-called MMI boxes, from installing one in previous BMWs and Audis. An MMI box is a add-on-box, which cuts in before the original CD unit (the infotainment "brain") and the touch screen. In practice this means that it can either bypass itself - leaving everything OEM (apart from original navigation, which is sacrificed - I'll get back to that) or it can operate as a stand-alone Apple Carplay(AC)/Android Auto (AA) unit, providing all of the AC/AA-applicable apps and features available in iTunes and Google Play. It utilizes the original parking sensors, rear camera and original microphone, making installation pretty easy. I did it in 45 minutes, incl. detaching the battery and all of the necessary interior. I don't have any pictures on removing the interior, but I followed this 10 min. video: dash removal

The MMI box itself has only a few cables to connect to the CD unit and existing touch screen:

1. The MMI box (size is about 5 x 10 x15 cm). It fits nicely under the gear knob (see video above).
2. Power cable. One end connect to the MMI. The other end goes in between the the power to the CD unit.
3. Video cable. It goes from the MMI to the OEM touch screen (leaving the original video cable to the touch screen un-used)
4. USB cable. It goes into the MMI. It doesn't have to be used, but can be added if you prefer to connect your phone with cable, rather than wireless.
5. Antennas that goes directly on the MMI (see red dots on picture).
Note: The is no additional microphone, no AUX cable and no GPS antenna to install.

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My Evoque has the following specs: Bosch 8" screen with OEM navigation. OEM phone and music streaming via bluetooth, parking sensors and rear camera.

There are dipswitches on the MMI box, to use custom configurations (screen resolution, etc.), but with my specs there were all on "OFF":

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So following the video above, I took apart the dash. About 12 screws - some easier to reach than others, but overall pretty easy. The interior is of very high quality, so don't be afraid to man-handle it a bit. Then it's just a matter of connecting the cables (all plug 'n' play), and placing the box it the area below the gear knob.

After putting everything back together and reconnecting the battery. Make sure you raise all the windows, and check that the electronic tail gate functions as expected. I had no problems in this regard. Actually after this exercise, my heated steering suddenly worked again :)

At this point everything is the way it was before installation. But you now have the opportunity to push the "NAV"-button, and instead of displaying the original navigation software, you a taken into the whole new world of AC/AA. So as mentioned previously: you lose your OEM navigation maps/software (everything else remains), but you gain AP/AA. All you have to do is set your OEM sound input to AUX to have the sound from the MMI, and you're good to go. It looks like this:

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Here you either select IOS or Android, depending on your phone. I have a Samsung Galaxy Flip 3, so choosing Android it connects wirelessly to my phone via normal bluetooth paring, and immediately shows me the official Android Auto:

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(in Danish... apologies)

From here you use your apps, as you would expect. The touch screen is not quite as good as a phone or tablet for scrolling motions, but it's not a problem at all.

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Whenever you reverse or make or receive a phone call, the screen automatically and seamlessly shifts back to the original setup/software. And when you're done returns to AP/AA. When turning on the car it boots to the OEM screen, and all you have to do is hit NAV, and you're in AP/AA. There is no boot time.

It took about 45 minutes to install. It's not my first time taking an interior apart (it was on the Evoque though), but anyone should be able to do it within an hour or two. I don't have a link to where I bought it (bought it locally here i Denmark for ~330£), but all MMI boxes are more or less the same i believe. If you want to install one, just make sure you get one without the need to install AUX cable, and without a separate microphone and separate GPS. As for firmware refer to the pictures above.

For what it's worth I'm very satisfied with this upgrade. Everything works straight out he box, and it really brings new life to the infotainment :)
 

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Very good write up - thank you.
If this is the same system, that's a great price.
The connectors don't look like the ones in your pics.
 

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Very good write up - thank you.
If this is the same system, that's a great price.
The connectors don't look like the ones in your pics.

It could very well be the same unit 👍
 
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