Mazda is showing that you don’t need to have a brand new car in order to benefit from Apple CarPlay. Models up to five years old can be retro-fitted with the smartphone-syncing tech. All they need is an MZD Connect infotainment screen.
It’s not just Apple CarPlay; Android Auto can also be integrated into older cars.
The dealer-fit upgrade includes both hardware and software upgrades – the latest version of Mazda Connect is installed, and Mazda dealers also install a more powerful and faster charging 2.1-amp USB port.
Software works using the rotary controller knob in the centre console and, where fitted (and when the vehicle is stationary), the central touchscreen. Voice control (via the built in voice control button) will also work in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
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The upgrade takes around two hours at a dealer. It offically costs £350 (although some dealers are running special offers, trimming the cost to £299).
Mazda first introduced MZD Connect in 2014 and it features on popular models such as the CX-3 and CX-5 SUV, the Mazda 6 large family car and the MX-5 roadster range.