Mazda is now equipping its automobiles with an in-car Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as part of its infotainment options
Until now, Mazda has never been a major fan of the Apple CarPlay, neither the Android Auto, of which most of the other brands had adopted a long time ago as a breakout of the traditional norms for the in-car infotainment. Hence you can operate either of your Androids or Apple devices on your in-car infotainment channels.
Now Mazda is embracing the modern trend and bringing them in as standard from the 2018 Mazda 6 and 2019 CX-9 and CX-5. Now, though, the technology can be retrofitted to all vehicles equipped with Mazda Connect from the 2014 model year.
While the upgrade comes with a fee for the old models, it doesn’t come cheap, although it is however affordable, considering that it has a price tag. For $199 (N71,634) plus labor costs, Mazda owners can get the dealer-installed upgrade with smartphone integration capabilities, plus hardware tweaks that will add more powerful, faster-charging 2.1-amp USB ports. This stated cost may, however, be a basis for the upgrade as some other car owners are reporting a total cost of cost of around $400 (N143,988), which seems like a lot, especially considering Mazda’s infotainment screens aren’t touchscreens, so functionality will run through knobs, buttons and voice commands.
The Price range is considered market friendly as it is not far away from that of other manufacturers’. CarPlay is a $300 (N107,991) option on 2017 BMW model, which is the same price as the cheapest aftermarket Carplay price, and at that, it requires the vehicle to already have the $2,000 (N719,940) navigation package in place. In conclusion, Mazda deserves a big ‘thank you’ for making the retrofit an option in the first place, unlike other automakers, who would have simply suggested you buy a new model.