Customers who already purchased the 2017 Sportage or 2016 Optima equipped with a compatible system will be able to download a free software update that enables CarPlay through the UVO Home website beginning in the third quarter. Other models in the Kia lineup eligible for the CarPlay update will be announced at a later date.
"The arrival of CarPlay compatibility follows on a promise we made when Optima launched last year. These running changes and available downloads will seamlessly bring iPhone's easy-to-use interface and functionality to our newest and best-selling models," said Henry Bzeih, Managing Director Connected & Mobility Services, KMA.
Kia's lineup of announced CarPlay vehicles in the U.S. now includes the 2017 Cadenza, 2017 Forte5, 2016 Optima, 2016 Sorento, and 2016 Sportage. Its parent brand Hyundai offers CarPlay in the 2016 Sonata, 2017 Elantra, and 2017 IONIQ. Select models are also available in Canada and other regions where Kia vehicles are sold.
Apple periodically updates a list of available CarPlay models on its website.