Just a few days before the Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public, many automakers have debuted new vehicles compatible with Apple’s CarPlay system, providing hands-free access to Maps, Messages, Phone, Music, and select third-party apps.
We’ve confirmed that CarPlay is available either as a standard option or as an upgrade in the following 2018 and 2019 vehicle makes and models:2018 BMW i3
2018 BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
2018 Hyundai Kona
2018 Jeep Wrangler
2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
2018 Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turismo
2019 Audi A8
2019 Genesis G70
2019 Lincoln MKC
2019 Lincoln Nautilus
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS
2019 Porsche Cayenne
2019 Subaru Accent
2019 Volvo XC40It’s likely that the 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan R-Line, 2019 Kia Sorento, and 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 coupe and convertible also support CarPlay, although we haven’t outright confirmed this information at this time.
CarPlay is now available in hundreds of vehicle models around the world, but there are still a few notable absentees at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The 2018 Mazda6, for example, will not support CarPlay at launch. “As a company we continue to look into implementing CarPlay into future Mazda vehicles,” a spokesperson told us, echoing comments it has made in the past.
The company behind Jaguar, Land Rover, and Range Rover is also showing off several vehicles at the auto show, but none of them are compatible with CarPlay. The same applies for the 2019 Lexus RX L and 2019 Infiniti QX50.
A recent survey indicated that an increasing number of customers consider CarPlay a must-have feature, so it may only be a matter of time before some of those automakers holding out on CarPlay reverse course. Related Roundup: CarPlayDiscuss this article in our forums