You can now drop the IntelliLink icons and substitute your familiar Apple icons on the Buick’s screen thanks to Apple CarPlay coming to some 2016 Buick models. (Photo courtesy General Motors)
Now that Chevy has announced Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities to certain models, we figured the General would not be too far behind with other vehicle brands underneath its vast umbrella. Cadillac has signed on and will have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto added onto the Bosch-designed CUE system. Meanwhile, at the Connected Car Conference in NYC, GMC and Buick announced they are entering the arena with their IntelliLink systems.
GMC is going to feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the 2016 Canyon, Yukon, and Sierra. Buick, for its part, is keen on the Regal and LaCrosse.
GMC Vice President of Sales and Marketing Duncan Aldred said, “GMC IntelliLink is taking another step forward with this simple and intuitive functionality that makes phones and vehicles work better together. Like other GMC features, from OnStar 4G LTE connectivity and active safety features, it’s technology designed to enhance the driving experience without intruding on it.”
GMC’s latest infotainment systems include an eight-inch touchscreen offered on Canyon, Yukon, and Sierra, which will be compatible only with Apple CarPlay at the beginning of the 2016 model year. A seven-inch screen is offered on Sierra base models and will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability at the beginning of the model year. Android Auto capability is expected to be available on the eight-inch system later in the 2016 model year.