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Happy Friday,
Looks like I will be pulling the trigger on a 2015 XT premium for the Mrs. My biggest grip is the outdated head unit and MFD. Disclosure: i have searched the forum and found some useful content, but they are either fairly old, or Android oriented. I have broken my concerns/questions into must-haves and "nice to haves". Any info, links, pics, etc you can provide is appreciated.

Which Modern Headunit would you go with and why? We use apple products so Adroid-based systems would not be idea IMO. What harness, Adapters, Dongles, stepdowns, etc will be needed to accomplish below. Will the average audio guy understand this or do i need a Subi expert? Is Autohanushaus.com still the best source?

Must-Haves
My biggest objective is to have to get the Backup Camera off the mfd and onto the main screen I will be replacing it with.
*Must Turn on camera feed when put in reverse.
*Must leave all hands free control in use.
*Bluetooth/voice must operate as well or better than factory.
What all will the small mfd screen show if the functions above are moved?

Nice-To Haves
*additional OBD2 info display
*additional video inputs that can be manually accessed. (additional cameras/Firestick)
*Apple carplay or similar
Additional handsfree capabilities.

I really appreciate your input guidance. Hoping to get an idea of the cost and if this is a driveway gig or need a pro. I am not mechanically illiterate, but have limited car audio/interior electronics experience.
 

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Basically, you want this (but the Forester version):

And an OBD II bluetooth dongle for with Torque installed to the headunit.
 

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Thanks. I now know that I do not need to rule out "Android" units. Still really curious what I need to get the backup camera display down there and operating as normal, which dash kit needs the smallest modification, and how to retain stock amp.
 

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You can update your MFD a little by swapping in a unit from a WRX/STI that has the better boost display. It's an update at least??
The issue with moving the reverse camera to the stereo screen is finding a stereo that is booted up and ready to display the video quickly enough. So be sure to check that out before taking the function away from the MFD.
 

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Checkout Crutchfield. There now are adapters available now for the 14-18 Foresters that will allow Apple CarPlay Double DIN headunits to work with steering wheel controls, backup camera video, and even some additional vehicle diagnostics to display on those headunits.
 

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I use the alpine ILX-207 which has all the functions you want, but you will need the Maestro RR unit which makes wiring plug and play. Also when you look for a radio look for IDatalink logo that will give you all the functions you want and be able to program your buttons as you see fit.
 
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