Mazda in North America today announced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be available nationwide beginning in September for the 2018 Mazda6 midsize sedan as a dealer-installed upgrade for Touring trim level and above at no extra cost.
Starting in November, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will arrive in the 2018 Mazda6 as original equipment on the Touring trim level and above. This highly anticipated update for 2018 Mazda6 Touring owners and above will enable drivers and passengers to access phone applications through the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system.
Owners of 2018 Mazda6 Touring, Grand Touring, Grand Touring Reserve and Signature models should reach out and schedule an appointment with their local Mazda dealerships starting in September to have the upgrade service performed at no extra cost. The hardware and software updates take approximately two service hours to perform.
In addition to installing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, those Mazda6 models upgraded will also receive a more powerful, faster-charging 2.1-amp USB port in addition to the latest software version of MAZDA CONNECT.
Making the MAZDA CONNECT integration unique is the use of Mazda’s Commander knob and buttons that ease the ability to switch between different user interfaces and manage the different capabilities. The integration adheres to Mazda’s Heads-Up Cockpit philosophy and was designed to help lessen cognitive distraction and even allow users to perform native functions and smartphone-based functions such as listening to terrestrial radio while simultaneously using a compatible phone-based navigation app.
The 2018 Mazda6 is the first Mazda vehicle in North America to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility via dealership installation.