Blink and you probably missed it, but Nissan has finally added Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its cars.

Starting with the Navara ute, the Apple and Google connectivity suites will be rolled out across the range, bringing the brand into line wirh the rest of the motoring world — well, most of it anyway.

The announcement comes without fanfare.

Nissan Navara SL, ST and ST-X grades have been updated with a new entertainment system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity capabilities.

The all-new Alliance In-Vehicle Infotainment (AIVI) system features a larger 8.0 inch colour touchscreen with a redesigned user interface and menu, and includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto device mirroring – connected via USB cable.

The new AIVI system replaces the former 5.0 inch display screen on Nissan Navara SL models and the 7.0 inch touchscreen in ST and ST-X models, and maintains AM/FM radio, USB, AUX and Bluetooth functions.

A CD player is no longer offered.

In addition, Navara SL can now display satellite navigation via your phone, while ST and ST-X grades now get built-in TomTom nav.

“Nissan is pleased to introduce Apply CarPlay and Android Auto to Nissan Navara,” Nissan Australia managing director Stephen Lester said.

“We took the opportunity to introduce this technology with our updated infotainment system – one that not only looks great but is modern, simple and intuitive to connect to and use.”

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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