Dealer bulletin confirms pricing of smartphone mirroring upgrade for existing models, with parts scheduled to ship in November
UPDATE: Mazda has today issued a press release that confirms this story, including the price of $494.98, for the retrofit installation of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto into all models equipped with the MZD Connect infotainment system.
The upgrade is available now, and all new MZD Connect-equipped models entering Australia will have the two platforms installed as standard. If you are buying a brand-new Mazda, we recommend you confirm with the dealer that CarPlay and Android will be included.
October 25, 2018: A leaked dealer bulletin obtained by CarAdvice this week confirms Mazda will retrofit your MZD-equipped vehicle with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for $494.98.
We're still yet to get official comment from the company's local division, though the bulletin also details the costs of each part if the customer was to purchase them alone – including the hub module ($202.28) and cable harness ($101.12).
Mazda Australia first confirmed it would offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring technologies on MZD-equipped models back in June. Prior to that, only the BT-50 ute and its Alpine-sourced head unit offered the system locally.
The updated CX-9 SUV was the first model in Australia to have the features fitted as standard equipment, and we're expecting all of the company's forthcoming model-year updates and new-generation models to rollout the tech as standard.
Speaking with media at the CX-8 launch in July, Mazda's local managing director, Alastair Doak, said: "Mazda Australia will offer, by year's end, an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto upgrade kit, which will work seamlessly with the MZD Connect system".
"It will be available for all customers with an MZD Connect system that first went on sale with Mazda 3 in early 2014," he added.
CarAdvice has contacted Mazda Australia for official comment, we'll update when we get a response.