Chevrolet just announced that its all-new 2016 Cruze that will debut on June 24 will have far more capable infotainment system through the built-in integration with Apple CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto.
The automaker has also released some pictures of the 2016 Cruze’s interior showcasing the Chevrolet’s MyLink system hooked up to either an Android or iOS-powered phone. The infotainment unit itself comprises of a 7-inch touchscreen which will feature on the new model. Development is underway for an eight-inch model for the later in the 2016 model year, but for now that unit only supports Apple CarPlay.
“For most of us, our smartphones are essential,” said Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors. “Partnering with Apple and Google to offer CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility across the widest range of models in the industry is a great example of how Chevrolet continues to democratize technology that’s important to our customers.”
To activate the feature once users plug in their phone via USB is to tap the “Projection” icon on the MyLink system’s main display screen. Android Auto requires a smartphone running version 5.0 Lollipop or higher while CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or newer.
For 2016, Chevrolet says that they will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility in more models than any other automaker. The additional models can be seen in the list below. Note, however, these models are for the US-spec versions of Chevrolet's line-up.