It appears that Magellan is preparing a new line of GPS Systems for release next month. The line will be called Magellan Maestro and it will include three systems, the Magellan Maestro 4000, 4040 and 4050. I came across these new devices while I was browsing TigerGPS today and to be honest I was surprised since they haven’t been officially announced yet. All three of them will have a 4.3″ WQVGA full-color touch screen, will be using the SiRF Star III GPS chipset and will feature turn-by-turn voice guidance. Those are the base features found on all of the systems of the Magellan GPS Maestro line. In addition to those the Mastro 4040 will have a more detailed map (by NAVTEQ) compared to the base unit (the Maestro 4000) as well as text-to-speech voice directions, Bluetooth phone compatibility and live traffic capability (optional add-on). Finally the Maestro 4050 that will be the top of the line system, in addition to all the above features will be shipping with the traffic kit included and will also feature a voice recognition technology that will allow users to give simple voice commands to the unit.
These three new units are expected to start shipping sometime this April with suggested retail prices of $449.99, $599.99 and $799.99