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Mitsubishi reveals 2018 Outlander Sport with Apple CarPlay in tow

An upcoming crossover SUV, the 2018 Outlander Sport, will be Mitsubishi's next vehicle to support Apple's CarPlay, the Japanese automaker announced on Wednesday.

Both CarPlay and Google's Android Auto will be supported through a 7-inch dash interface. The vehicle will also have a new, optional Touring package with various upgrades like driver-assist technologies, but it's not yet clear if CarPlay will get improvements like a larger touchscreen.

Mitsubishi is in fact being quiet on most details, promising to showcase the new Outlander at next week's New York International Auto Show ahead of a fall launch.

The earliest Mitsubishi vehicles to support CarPlay were the Mirage and the Pajero, in model years as far back as 2016. The Outlander line has only been compatible as of 2017 editions.

Fellow Japanese automaker Subaru recently confirmed CarPlay for another crossover SUV, the 2018 Crosstrek.

Most Japanese car companies are now backing Apple's platform, other examples being Honda, Nissan, and Suzuki. The only major gap is Toyota, which has actively refused to support CarPlay.