Chevrolet will begin adding Android Auto and Apple CarPlay functionality to its North American vehicles from the middle of 2015.
The brand will begin offering cars compatible with both smartphone mirroring standards when it launches the next-generation Chevrolet Cruze in the States on June 24.
Select 2016 model year cars fitted with a 7-inch MyLink infotainment system will be able to use Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2016 Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Camaro and Silverado will be offered with this 7-inch unit.
Vehicles fitted with the larger 8-inch MyLink system will, however, be restricted to CarPlay compatibility. Cars on this list include the 2016 model year versions of the Cruze, Malibu, Impala, Volt, Camaro, Corvette, Colorado, Silverado, Silverado HD, Tahoe and Suburban.
Depending on how development and testing pans out, Chevrolet says that “Android Auto compatibility may be available on the 8-inch version of MyLink later in the 2016 model year”.
According to GM, Chevrolet models in Brazil, Canada and Mexico will also soon be equipped with these updated MyLink systems.
GM’s local arm, Holden, posted the news about Chevrolet’s moves with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay on its Facebook page yesterday. We’ll update this article when we find out more from Holden about local availability and timing.
Update: Holden says its new in-car connectivity systems could be up to 12 months away from local launch.