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Fiat Chrysler adds Apple's CarPlay to 2017 Charger, Challenger & 300 models

Through a new Uconnect 4.0 dash interface, Fiat Chrysler is adding three 2017-model vehicles to its lineup supporting Apple's CarPlay platform: the Chrysler 300, the Dodge Charger and the Dodge Challenger.

Uconnect 4.0 is available on "properly-equipped" models of the three cars, Fiat Chrysler said. The interface revolves an 8.4-inch multi-touch display, and also supports Google's Android Auto.

The 2017 Charger.

The 2017 Charger.

The unusually large screen space is enabling a persistent menu bar, accessible regardless of which devices are connected. Drivers can jump back and forth from CarPlay to other car controls like radio, air conditioning, and native apps such as navigation.

Later this month Apple is expected to officially release iOS 10, which should bring significant changes to CarPlay. Among these are the ability to hide and rearrange homescreen icons, and the automatic addition of a parking spot in Apple Maps whenever an iPhone is disconnected.