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New Toyota HiLux to miss out on Apple CarPlay, Android Auto as tech confirmed for RAV4, Corolla

Toyota's best-selling vehicle won't be getting phone-mirroring tech in the near future

Australia's best-selling vehicle won't be getting true phone-mirroring any time soon, with the Toyota HiLux to miss out on Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, even as the technology sweeps the brand's passenger car range.

At the recent launch of the brand's RAV4 SUV, Toyota announced it would last embrace true phone-mirroring technology, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to begin arriving in the fourth quarter of 2019. Anyone who buys a RAV4 now will be able to have the technology retro-fitted at no cost, and a retro-fit solution will also be offered on the Corolla hatch and Camry sedan.

But despite an updated HiLux due to arrive in Australia around the middle of the year - bringing with it key safety equipment like AEB, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning - it is understood that Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will not be offered at this stage.

The problem lies in the HiLux multimedia system, which is a different unit to the one that appears in the bulk of Toyota's passenger-car range. It is understood HiLux customers will need to wait for a major facelift before the technology can be offered.

Not that the delay appears to be hurting HiLux much, with Toyota's super-popular ute crowned Australia's best-selling vehicle in 2018, with 51,705 finding homes across the country.

"We don’t have any further announcements on timing (for the HiLux, but it is something we’re working in it," said a Toyota spokesperson.

"We’re acutely aware it’s something that we need to work on."

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