2017 Hyundai Elantra launches this month with Apple CarPlay support

Hyundai 2017 Elantra CarPlay

At the tail-end of December last year, Hyundai confirmed that, following a brief delay, support for Apple CarPlay was coming to its vehicles beginning in 2016.

While that was confirmed for the Sonata line, the auto manufacturer has now also announced that the 2017 Elantra will support CarPlay as well — and that it will be available beginning this month. Hyundai says that it will be supported in both the 7-inch Display Audio touchscreen system, which includes a rearview camera, as well as the 8-inch touchscreen navigation system.

“By launching our best-selling model, Elantra, with CarPlay and Android Auto support, we are building on our promise to offer more convenience features for today’s modern driver at an affordable price point,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of product and corporate planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Also, the new smartphone integrations will help to keep drivers’ eyes on the road and hands on the wheel, helping to reduce driver distraction.”

The systems will include a second USB port as well, just in case owners need to plug in another device for charging. And here’s additional features or the Display Audio:

  • Integration with Apple’s Siri-powered “Eyes Free” mode
  • Functionality allows owners of compatible vehicles to use the voice command button on the steering wheel to ask Siri questions without taking their eyes off the road
  • Siri Eyes Free supports making calls, selecting and playing music, composing and reading back text messages, using Maps and getting directions, reading notifications, finding calendar information, and adding reminders, among other functions

Recently, Apple curated a complete list of all the auto manufacturers and (most of) their vehicles that support Apple CarPlay, including Hyundai and the 2017 Elantra.

The aforementioned delay in Hyundai’s CarPlay support rollout saw a brief pause in vehicle support, with many in-depth looks coming with the 2015 Hyundai Sonata more than a year ago. You can check out the video below, just to get a glimpse of how it all works in a Hyundai vehicle.

[via Hyundai]