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New Magna seat puts connectivity in the second row

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  • 20AUTP11_10
Published November 01, 2020 by SAE International in United States
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With one tap of a smartphone app, second-row vehicle seats can be quickly reconfigured to accommodate fold-flat cargo or provide an easier entry and exit route to third-row seating. Magna's next-generation EZ Entry seat automates the functionality of the company's current-gen EZ Entry seat, while providing the looks and feel of “a first-row experience,” the company's seating engineering director Joe Meyer told SAE International. The new seating feature is expected to enter production for the 2023 model year.

Magna's current-generation EZ Entry seat, which launched on the Chevrolet Traverse in 2016, has manual-only adjustments. Control of the new seat's movements comes not just by smartphone app, but also via a cluster of in-vehicle buttons or the vehicle's interactive digital screen, Meyer explained.