Just a few days before the Los Angeles Auto Show opens to the public, several 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 either available 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 XC40
It’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.