As modern vehicles become increasingly connected, paired with the rapid evolution of the smartphone, the folks over at Mazda have announced their finally adding (better late than never, right?) Apple Car Play and Android Auto.
In a gradual roll out, the first offering to feature the aforementioned technology is the 2019 CX-9, with the 2018 Mazda 6 and the 2019 CX-3 following suit.
In a smart move, Mazda is enabling these technologies to be included on older vehicles as far back as 2014 for select models for a nominal fee. It’s a great way to make up for being one of the last manufacturers to the smartphone party.
If you’ve got one of these vehicles, you can get your CarPlay and Android Auto installed:
2017 and newer MX-5 RF
2016 and newer CX-3
2016 and newer CX-5
2016 and newer CX-9
2016 and newer Mazda6
2016 and newer MX-5
2014 and newer Mazda3
Mazda’s put together a handy Q&A that’s included below:
Q: How long does the 2018 MAZDA6 and 2019 CX-3 Retrofit program run for?
A: The $250 offer will be available until February 2019.
Q: Do I receive both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™?
A: Yes, both technologies are included in the retrofit.
Q: What does the retrofit consist of?
A: The retrofit will include both a software and hardware (USB port) update.
Q: I have an older generation Mazda vehicle. Can I get CarPlay or Android Auto installed?
A: Apple CarPlay ™ and Android Auto ™ retrofit options will be available for all vehicles that have the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system later this fall (October/November).
MAZDA CONNECT, a car connectivity system that enables you to safely enjoy the convenience of your smartphone while in your car, was first introduced in select 2014 model year vehicles. It enables the use of a variety of website applications and services by linking your smartphone. A flexible hardware structure featuring a module unit for each function allows the system to meet a wide range of needs flexibly.
Q: How much will the retrofit cost?
A: Retrofits for the 2018 MAZDA6 and 2019 CX-3 will be available for a limited time at a cost of $250 plus applicable taxes. After February 2019, the retrofit will cost approximately $443.
For all other vehicles with the MAZDA CONNECT infotainment system, retrofit options will be available at an approximate cost of $443. Prices may vary by region.
Q: Why do only the Mazda6 and CX-3 receive a price of $250?
A: In support of our continued pursuit of the ultimate customer experience, Mazda Canada has placed priority on introducing an Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™ retrofit program for all customers who purchase(d) a 2018MY MAZDA6 or 2019MY CX-3 without factory-equipped Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™.
2018 MAZDA6 and 2019 CX-3 vehicles produced as of September 2018 will receive these technologies as standard equipment, Mazda Canada would like to offer this program in support of all those who purchased these vehicles prior to the production change.