All About Buick and GMC IntelliLink System

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Entertain your loved ones with movies and non-stop music with Buick and GMC IntelliLink!


GM’s IntelliLink infotainment system has been around for years in Buick and GMC vehicles and continues to improve with time. The IntelliLink system consists of an 8-inch touch screen, showing eight icons at a time arranged in two rows of four. This screen can also have:

(1) arrow buttons on each sides to access additional pages;
(2) a tab at the bottom that can display a Favorites tray;
(3) Bluetooth and WiFi connection;
(3) ability to add up to 60 favorites from not only AM, FM, and satellite radio stations, but also navigation destinations (if equipped with navigation) and contacts from a connected device.

The home screen icons can be rearranged to your preference by pressing and holding the Home button and moving the icons as desired. This makes quick navigation around the system a cinch.

This feature lets you connect your device to your Buick or GMC vehicle via Bluetooth or USB connection. This way, you can control many audio and phone features without actually touching your device while you are driving. Whether you want to make some calls or play your favorite soundtracks while on the road, having an IntelliLink system to your vehicle is a smart addition!

In 2016, Buick and GMC took a notch for their IntelliLink system and introduced Apple Carplay and Android Auto functions. This was a very big improvement over the previous years. Aside from the system’s cool features, it also features an 8 inch screen, where you can start an upgrade with MVI. Some even went as far as having an SD mapping navigation upgrade to make it more possible for their Buick and GMC Intellilink experience to take up a notch!

What’s in the IntelliLink infotainment system?

Similar to many vehicle systems, the IntelliLink feature works with other apps to connect to your Buick / GMC vehicle for a safer ride. These features are supported in selected models:

  • Siri Eyes Free
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio (subscription required)
  • A SiriusXM Travel Link (subscription required)
  • Apple CarPlay (2016 and up models)
  • Android Auto (2016 and up models)
  • Text Message Alerts
  • Pandora Internet Radio
  • OnStar Turn-by-Turn Navigation
  • An OnStar 4G LTE (2015.5 and up equipped models. Subscription required) 
  • Stitcher SmartRadio

Can I update my GMC IntelliLink?

Updating your GMC or Buick IntelliLink system is a smart move! More recent Buick and GMC models support over the air updates but a vehicle with an IntelliLink system will need to upgrade it for the latest version.

Fortunately, MVI, Inc. offers upgrades for these vehicles and they come with the latest software upgrade available, whether you want to add the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality to your 2010 – 2013 Buick vehicle and 2010-2017 GMC Models or upgrade your whole IntelliLink system! You can even purchase a harness kit from there if you are planning to install the system on your own.


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