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Trevor Collett | Mar, 01 2016 | 0 Comments

UPDATE: Australian details now confirmed. See below.

Kia has announced that the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity platforms will be available across its entire range in Europe by the end of 2017.

The recently-unveiled Niro hybrid SUV (pictured, above) will be the first model to score the Android version, while the rollout for the Apple product in the Niro and other models will begin later this year.

Following the Niro, the new Optima Plug-In Hybrid and Optima Sportswagon will also gain the technology ready for their respective European launches later this year.

“In-car connectivity is increasingly important to our buyers, who are young-at-heart and often seek the latest technologies on offer,” Kia Europe COO, Michael Cole, said.

“It makes a great deal of sense to offer full Android and Apple compatibility so our customers can use a wide range of smartphone functions in a safe and seamless way. Kia is integrating these technologies to let drivers maintain their concentration on the road ahead.”

Android Auto allows access to apps, Google Maps navigation and more through the car’s infotainment touchscreen, and can be operated via voice commands.

Kia Optima Sportswagon
Kia Optima Sportswagon

Apple CarPlay enables full Siri voice control and Apple Maps, along with Apple apps and other features from iPhone 5 or later.

Kia also offers its Connected Services feature, powered by TomTom, for what the carmaker calls “ultimate connectivity”.

Connected Services is “a new connectivity package offering drivers a wide range of up-to-date information, including live traffic updates, speed camera locations and alerts, local point-of-interest search and weather forecasts”.

In Europe, Kia Connected Services is available to buyers free-of-charge for seven years from the date of purchase, but legal restrictions in some countries will see speed camera and traffic information services disabled.

For Australia, the all-new Sportage and incoming Cerato facelift can both offer the Apple or Android experience via a software upgrade, which Kia will offer to customers soon.

Other variants will begin to see the technology with future updates and new models.

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