The 2018 Mazda 6 seems poised to leave enthusiasts and tech aficionados a tad underwhelmed, especially when it comes to its tech offerings. The previous year’s model, the 2017 Mazda 6, had set the stage with high expectations, only to pull the curtains revealing no support for Apple CarPlay.
It’s not that Mazda 6’s sales dip is a reflection of its performance, aesthetics, or fuel efficiency. On the contrary, the vehicle shines in these departments. The real thorn in its side? The glaring absence of CarPlay. This oversight was a significant letdown for many, and there’s a growing concern that history might repeat itself with the 2018 iteration.
While the automotive world seems to be in a race to integrate Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Mazda appears to be taking a solitary path, sidelining these popular interfaces in favor of their in-house Mazda Connect infotainment system. It’s worth noting that a few years back, Mazda had hinted at introducing Apple CarPlay to their lineup. Yet, here we are, with Mazda loyalists still navigating the Connect system.
Apple CarPlay isn’t just another tech gimmick. It boasts a sleek interface, real-time traffic updates, and post-WWDC, it’s set to roll out enhanced maps and extended app support for messaging. These are features that modern drivers not only appreciate but increasingly expect.
Mazda, with its legacy of innovation, should consider tuning into the pulse of its audience. The 2018 Mazda 6 could be the perfect stage to showcase a marriage of performance and cutting-edge technology. Here’s hoping Mazda takes the cue and delivers a tech-infused driving experience!