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Trevor Collett | Mar, 15 2017 | 1 Comment

Mazda is the latest carmaker to declare across-the-board availability of smartphone mirroring will be available soon.

Speaking with Cars.Com, the Japanese carmaker said its initial partnership with the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto platforms began in 2014.

But Mazda says it will trump many other carmakers by also offering the connectivity pair as a retrospective upgrade.

"It is no secret that we are developing both systems to interface with our Mazda Connect infotainment system,” Mazda reportedly said in a statement.

“Both software systems should be retroactively upgradable onto all Mazda Connect systems with a potentially minimal hardware addition needed. Mazda does not yet have an official timeline for when these should be available or at what cost, however."

Regardless, customers will no doubt welcome the chance to upgrade their existing Mazda infotainment systems to accommodate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but a ‘delay’ for availability in the Australian market is likely when compared to overseas markets.

Mazda reportedly made the announcement during an overseas launch of the updated 2017 CX-5 SUV, but the carmaker did not say if the CX-5 would be the first model to offer the new tech.

While all Mazda models will enjoy the connectivity features over time, Mazda may instead choose a more youth-oriented model, such as the CX-3, as the first to receive the upgrade.

Stay tuned to TMR for more.

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