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Renault Koleos gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto retrofit option

Got a slightly older Koleos? You can now get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.

Renault Australia has confirmed select Koleos SUVs are now able to be retrofitted with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support in a world-first.

While CarsGuide reported last month that Renault Australia was working with a Renault engineering team from Korea to exclusively develop and validate the retrofit, the company has now begun sales, with it costing $486.40 (including GST) to buy and fit.

Specifically, hardware and firmware changes are required as part of the retrofit, with the whole process taking just over an hour to complete.

The retrofit can only be applied to early examples of the second-generation Koleos launched locally in September 2016, as it debuted without Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support before adding it from September 2017 production.

Critically, the retrofit is compatible with both of the mid-size SUV’s variant-dependent touchscreens (measuring 7.0 and 8.7 inches in diameter).

That said, the retrofit won’t support full-screen Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which were introduced as part of the Koleos facelift that went on sale last month.

Eligible Koleos owners will be contacted by Renault Australia early next year regarding the retrofit, although those keen to get it installed sooner can contact their preferred Renault dealership.

The company has reiterated the retrofit won’t be available for any of its other models, irrespective of what generation of multimedia system they are fitted with.