Z-E2050 – Vehicle Specific Naviceiver for VW, SEAT and ŠkodaInnovative multimedia for VW vehicles – the Z-E2050 is an E>GO of the Essential 2 series. With its classy front panel, the Z-E2050 integrates perfectly into almost any compatible Volkswagen model. The E>GO convinces with its large capacitive, touch-sensitive 8.0“/20.3 cm TFT display. Operation is completely intuitive.
The Z-E2050 is a modern entertainer: proven by the crystal clear sound of the integrated twin DAB+ tuner, which features dynamic station list, MOT Slideshow and DLS-text. The FM RDS tuner section offers impressive sensitivity, to capture analog radio signals in areas that still lack a DAB+ network. For media playback a CD/DVD drive and two USB ports with extension cables are provided to handle the latest audio and video formats.
The Z-E2050 offers you modern mobile use of current Android based smartphones. The “Smartlink direct“ function allows you to connect your smartphone directly to the Z-E2050. The screen content of your mobile phone is then mirrored on the user interface of the ZENEC infotainer. The “Smartlink direct“ dual protocol enables direct app control of all functions from the touchscreen of the Z-E2050, including use of the free sat nav apps* – such as Google Maps – present on the smartphone.
The modern Bluetooth unit gives you a hands-free system that is completely stress free, simple management of contact favorites, and comfortable A2DP music streaming.
*The Z-E2050 can be upgraded with the Z-EMAP50 package to become a fully fledged naviceiver, where the combination offers a perfect function matchwith some advantages in practice.
Z-E2050 Infotainer für VW, Seat und Škoda
Note: Device functions and their operation can deviate from the implementation existing on the factory device which shall be replaced. For example, the device operation, the function integration or the depth of the assigned operation function, for sources and the contained scope of functionality. Distinctions and deviations of this kind originate from the retrofit system architecture and are therefore unavoidable / unalterable for technical reasons.
Device functions are subject to change without notice.
For vehicles with Quadlock II system, as well as for Quadlock III cars (see down below) with separately available main harness N-ZE2050-QL3.
The Z-E2050 device replaces the following OE device models: VW RNS 210/310/315/510 and RCD 310/315/510.
- Run a check if the physical shapes of OE radio front panel and Z-E2050 are compatible.
- Functionality is based on function- specific CAN data.
- Webasto preheater systems are not supported.
|Model (Quadlock II)||Type||Model Year|
|VW Amarok||2H||as of 2010|
|VW Beetle Cabrio||5C||2011 – 2015|
|VW Beetle Coupé||5C||2011 – 2015|
|VW Caddy||2K/2C||2003 – 2013|
|VW CC||35||2008 – 2014|
|VW EOS||1F||2006 – 2013|
|VW Golf V||1K||2003 – 2008|
|VW Golf V Variant||1K||2007 – 2009|
|VW Golf VI||5K||2008 – 2012|
|VW Golf VI Variant||AJ||2009 – 2013|
|VW Golf Cabrio||51||2011 – 2013|
|VW Golf Plus||5M/52||2005 – 2013|
|VW Jetta VI||16||2005 – 2013|
|VW Jetta V / Bora||1K2||2005 – 2010|
|VW Passat||3C/36||2005 – 2014|
|VW Passat Alltrack||36||2012 – 2014|
|VW Passat CC||35||2008 – 2012|
|VW Passat Variant||3C/36||2005 – 2014|
|VW Polo||6R||2010 – 2014|
|VW Scirocco III||13||2008 – 2014|
|VW Sharan||7N||2010 – 2013|
|VW Tiguan||5N||2007 – 2013|
|VW Touran||1T||2003 – 2013|
|VW T5||7E/7J||2010 – 2015|
|SEAT Alhambra||71||2010 – 2013|
|SEAT Altea||5P||2004 – 2014|
|SEAT Altea Freetrack||5P||2007 – 2009|
|SEAT Altea XL||5P||2006 – 2014|
|SEAT Leon||1P||2005 – 2012|
|SEAT Toledo||5P||2004 – 2009|
|SEAT Toledo||KG||2012 – 2013|
|ŠKODA Octavia II||1Z||2009 – 2013|
|ŠKODA Octavia II Combi||1Z||2009 – 2013|
|ŠKODA Octavia II Scout||1Z||2009 – 2013|
|ŠKODA Rapid||NH||2013 – 2015|
|ŠKODA Rapid Spaceback||NH||2013 – 2015|
|ŠKODA Superb II||3T||2008 – 2014|
|ŠKODA Superb II Combi||3T||2008 – 2014|
|ŠKODA Yeti||5L||2009 – 2014|
For Quadlock III based vehicles, N-ZE2050-QL3 item (main harness) is required.
|Model (Quadlock III)||Type||Model Year|
|VW Beetle||A5 (2nd Gen)||2015 – 2018|
|VW Caddy||2K (2nd Facelift)||2015 >|
|VW Jetta VI||5C6 (3rd Gen)||2015 – 2018|
|VW Sharan II||7N||2015 – 2016|
|VW T6||7H / 7J (2nd Facelift)||2015 – 2019|
|VW Tiguan I||5N||2015 – 2016|
|SEAT Alhambra II||7N||2015 >|
|ŠKODA Yeti||5L (1st Facelift)||2015 – 2017|
|iPhone/iPod Compatibility list||Compatible Audio and Video files||Bluetooth Compatibility|
|iPod/iPhone Compatibility list|| Audio-Video Compatibility list (coming soon)
||Notes on the Bluetooth hands-free function
The Z-E2050 uses a modern Bluetooth solution from MTK developed for usage in the automotive environment. The module supports the Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR profile, which ensures a high compatibility of the ZENEC Z-E2050 and all device relevant Bluetooth functions in combination with most actual smartphone brands and models.
Exceptions for Bluetooth function or profile components that do not seem to run correctly usually originate from provider-specific smartphone firmware (third-party provider).
In order to be sure that a given smartphone is compatible with the relevant BT functions of the target device, it is advisable to test a given device combination in the shop of an authorized retailer before purchase.
Some smartphones require a confirmation to allow access to the phone book contact list. The phonebook access confirmation needs to be performed by the user, if necessary.
If you encounter connection problems, always check to see if a newer firmware version is available for your phone and install it. After a smartphone update you should delete the previous device pairing on the device, restart the smartphone and pair it anew.
AW: Your vehicle should be listed in the official compatibility list. The dimensions and physical shape of the Z-E2050 must be identical with the OE radio or navigation device. Further info on vehicle compliance can be obtained by study of vehicle compatibility list, or using the ZENEC online configurator tool.
AW: The set content of the Z-E2050 contains a main power harness with Quadlock II connector. Vehicles with the newer Quadlock III connector are not supported. For more information, refer to the installation instructions.
AW: Since the compatibility list of the Z-E2050 is very long, ZENEC cannot support all the original camera systems. Alternatively, you can purchase a camera adapter for your vehicle from a third party supplier.
AW: The Z-E2050 has two selectable control options for the automatic TFT display brightness in the setup menu. Go to: Setup > TFT Settings > TFT Control > “Car” or “Navi”*.
Initially and ex-works, this selection is set to “Car” which means that the device dims the screen when low or high beam is activated. For the “Car” based TFT screen brightness control, the “Illu signal”, present in the CAN bus system is used. Daytime Running Lights with TFT Control set to “Car” mode will cause dimmed screen with headlights on.
People who are traveling with daytime running lights, the TFT Control setting should be set to “Navi” so that the day/night time zone data is used to control TFT screen brightness. Note: The “Navi” setting will cause the device to start up in night mode until an actual GPS time signal for device master clock is obtained via GPS signal. This may take up to 30 seconds.
* A navigation microSD card (Z-MAP50) is required for this function
The big 8” display panel features a high gloss type glass surface without anti-reflective coating, huh?
AW: During the development of the Z-E2050, direct comparisons between matte (etched) glass and the high-gloss surface version have been conducted. The side-by-side comparison clearly puts the glossy version in front of the matte panel. The benefit of the glossy version is to offers higher contrast levels from which readability of text Fonts benefits under direct sunlight.
AW: The Z-E2050 does support Audio source related info on the driver info display, e.g. RDS radio station names and track info are supported. Navigation turn key arrows and distance to turn are not supported.
AW1: A/C status display requires function specific data packages to be present in the vehicle CAN bus. The manual A/C system does not offer such data.
AW2: It may be that A/C status info is disabled in the Setup menu. Therefore please check if this feature is active: (System Settings > CAR > POP UP > ON). Note that not all vehicles provide this information – specifications vary with vehicle model, model year and factory installed optional equipment.
AW: Yes. In general there can be three different OE sound systems, the 8 channel standard system, the 10-channel sound system and 10-channel sound system with DSP function.
AW: The Z-E2050 offers CAN integration. This enables data exchange between the Z-E2050 and the OE installed multifunction steering wheel. For a detailed explanation of assigned hard keys / buttons, please refer to the main device operation manual of the Z-E2050.
AW: The main wiring harness of the Z-E2050 features a connector allowing to connect and use of the factory AUX socket as before.
AW: The Z-E2050 comes with an adaptor interface, which fits to the double FM antenna plug from the vehicle. If this solution is not sufficient, e.g. the FM radio reception is deemed to be poor, the ZE-NC-ANT3 phantom power adaptor which is separately available, may help to improve FM signal level.
AW: The Z-E2050 does not feature an IR remote in the set content. But the device itself features an IR-eye – for which a IR remote control if separately available if needed.
AW: Mainly to give the customer a choice, depending on the usage profile. Depending on personal requirements and frequency of use, it may be sufficient to use the smartphone’s own map service app via Easy Connect function (Google Maps is suitable). The smartphone Apps may offer a route guidance good enough to cover sporadic use. For customers seeking a more professional navigation system offering a wealth of comfort functions, the Z-EMAP50 navigation package is the inevitable choice, since it was specifically developed for the Z-E2050 device.
AW: During the navigation announcement, the volume of the announcement level can be increased or decreased via the horizontal volume scale of the Z-E2050. Simply turn the volume knob of the unit during the navigation announcement to adjust it to the desired volume. The last VOL adjustment value is retained.
AW: ZENEC’s SmartLink Direct is an application software that allows Android based smartphones to be connected to the ZENEC device, for launch and control of the smartphone Apps via ZENEC touch screen. In order for Smartlink Direct to run in combination with your smartphone, it must be paired prior use. Please refer to the respective chapter in the main operating manual of the device or else, the special Smartlink Direct explanation page for the ZENEC models supporting this particular feature.
AW: In order to keep the map content of your Navigation micro-SD card up to date, it is possible to update map database with a PC tool called “Toolbox” and Naviextras online update portal. On Naviextras you have access to free and pay type updates as well as other add-on’s. The separately available navigation package for the Z-E2050 (Z-EMAP50) comes with a 1-year map update subscription, allowing you to update your map content for the period of one year after first (GPS) activation at no cost. Within the given 12 month time frame, TomTom (map provider) would usually release two to three content updates (without guarantee).
Navigationssoftware updates, Add-On content und map updates are available here: https://zenec.naviextras.com
Disclaimer: The card update subscription duration can only be guaranteed in its entirety in conjunction with a new device which is put into service together with a new navigation card. For used devices with navigation packages purchased later, limitations apply because the date of the first use of device is crucial. Naviextras places a time stamp point on the device once first sat connection is established.
AW: Please note that ZENEC, for west and east Europe coverage, deploys digital map data by TomTom (formerly known as “Tele Atlas”). Even if you have recently updated the navigation map content it is still possible that digital map data contained is imprecise or even faulty in areas such as intersections, new roads and other places recently added. In such cases device may provide you with incorrect routing instructions. Please use the respective TomTom tool to report errors to TomTom map share service directly: http://www.tomtom.com/mapshare/tools/
AW: The microSDHC card reader in the lower right hand side of the Z-E2050 front panel is reserved exclusively for the operation of the GPS navigation system. Avoid removal of the microSDHC card while device is running, especially during an active GPS route guidance.
On the left side of the front panel, there is a microSDHC card reader that can be used for media file playback.
The USB memory stick is not recognized by the device, even after successful reformatting. What’s wrong?
AW: It may happen that the file system of the disk got damaged, or that the file allocation table of a data carrier is defect due to erroneous write cycles.
In such cases, you must format the data carrier again to make it work correctly.
Info: If the data carrier after formatting is still not recognized by the device, it may be due to an incompatibility of the disk controller chip itself. In such a case, you should use a different USB data carrier of another brand or manufacturer.
AW: Make sure your USB data carrier has been FAT32 formatted prior to use. Zenec recommends use of high quality USB memory devices only. Note that the USB connector of the device is current limited to 1000 mA maximum consumption. Since many external hard disk models will easily consume higher drive currents, Zenec does not endorse the use of such products.
AW: Setup> Audio> Slider = Expert Mode> to find „Equalizer“.
Why are the settings of time alignment function during FM radio playback only applied after changing the source?
AW: At file based sources, like USB, iPod, etc., which are directly handled by CPU, the adjusted values of time alignment can be applied instantly. At live sources like FM, DAB or AV-In, the CPU is not able to access random positions of the soundtrack, so here it is needed either to change the source or to restart the device. Reloading the live source avoids distortions during buffering.
Therefore it is recommended to adjust the time alignment during USB source music playback.
AW: Yes. The Z-E2050 is supplied with an antenna adapter allowing to you to connect the factory installed DAB aerial to the device.
AW: Device allows to pair several smart phone showing up in the device list, while only one phone can be active.
AW: First, the password function should be set to “ON”. Before you can enter your own password, you have to enter the default password – 12345 – once.
AW: The Z-E2050 features an integrated DAB+ tuner. For the reception of digital radio stations, an antenna supporting the DAB standard is required.
If your car does not offer a suitable DAB antenna, it must be retrofitted with an aftermarket antenna allowing you to enjoy digital radio programs.
AW: No, but we offer optionally GBA-HDMIBOX (1 x HDMI, 2 x USB) for Z-E2050.
AW: Zenec units include a low-voltage protection to avoid undersupply for certain integrated circuits (ICs) that may not work properly without correct and steady supply voltage. Please consult your car service point or car garage to review your car´s battery and wiring.
The cause of device reboots is therefore to be found in the on-board power supply network, which falls briefly below about 10.5 volts during engine start-up.
Please consult your car dealer and let check the battery and the cable connections.
I would like to connect an external Bluetooth microphone at the Z-E2050, but the set does not contain such an microphone?
AW: Possible. The device features an internal microphone located at the front panel. An external microphone can also be connected to the Z-E2050 device. There is a mic input on the device backside, for which a spare part called N-ZENC-MIC can be purchased from authorized retailers.
AW: No, this is not possible. All Zenec devices already include a hands free module. To avoid interference issues it is strongly suggested to deactivate your car’s built-in OE hands free system. You can do this by removing the correct fuse for that electrical section (please study your car’s manual).
AW: The scope of delivery includes an FM antenna adapter for single and double antennas of Volkswagen vehicles. You just need to plug it in between the antenna and the device and then connect the blue supply cable to the P.ANT connector of your main connection cable and connect the ground wire (GND) to vehicle ground.
I don’t use the optional navigation card for my Z-E2050. Do I still need to connect the GPS antenna?
AW: Yes, we suggest to connect the antenna because the device does sync date and time via the GPS signal.
AW: You will find this information also in your manual – please enter four times zero (0000). The Z-E2050 allows to change this PIN number in its Bluetooth settings.
AW: Your smartphone contacts will only be downloaded again when you confirm this action. Any later changes made to your contacts must be refreshed manually (see main device manual).
AW: It is not possible to edit favourites. But you can delete and re-assign a new contact after you updated the phonebook on your Zenec device by re-downloading it.
AW: There are multiple issues that may lead to such problems. Please check the place and position of your GPS-receiver which is usually behind the windscreen on the dashboard. The fixation of the GPS-receiver may have suffered due to vibrations and bumpy roads. Another reason can be your park position or parking time (extended period, metal constructions or concrete walls may cause interferences such as reflections and shield your receiver from GPS satellites).
Please note that the device should establish a stable GPS signal before you start to drive around. Otherwise the system may be busy to establish the sat-fix process, which may impact the route guidance accuracy until completed.
AW: Most GPS antenna feature FAKRA connectors which can’t be directly connected to this Zenec device. It is suggested to use the provided and included Zenec GPS antenna to avoid any interoperability issues.
We provide in periods system enhancements and increased compatibility for Bluetooth, to keep your device up to date with the latest software.
AW: Updates can be downloaded in the download area of the ZENEC homepage under> Support> Software updates.
AW: Most problems originate from not officially licensed by Apple cables. Therefore make sure, that either an original cable, or else at least a licensed Apple Lightning cable is used.
Otherwise, perhaps this little trick can help:
Power off the iPhone – Power off the ZENEC device.
Switch on the ZENEC device – switch on the iPhone and pair it. Unplug the Lightning cable, reconnect it – then everything should function normally.
Make sure, the iOS version the iOS version of your Apple iPhone is always up to date.