Volvo has announced that its new XC90 is now available with a software upgrade that will integrate Apple CarPlay iOS functionality into its Sensus Connect infotainment system.

The Apple iOS for cars offers iPhone owners – of models 5 and newer – the ability to take over the car’s infotainment system with a touch of a button, giving the driver direct access to their phone’s calls, messages, maps and music.

Lex Kerssemakers, president and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, said, “the Apple CarPlay experience enhances the award-winning user interface already available on the XC90 and just announced S90 sedan.”

“The Sensus Connect touchscreen gives us flexibility to update software and add features to cars after they have been delivered to customers. This is an important part of our commitment to long-term customer satisfaction,” he continued.

The software upgrade is available for the new Volvo XC90 and S90 and will become an optional item for other future Volvo models. It also includes Pandora, Yelp and Find Parking applications via the XC90’s in-car remote update service.

In the US, XC90 owners who have taken delivery of their vehicles prior to November 23, 2015 are encouraged to schedule an appointment at their local Volvo retailers for the complementary update. However, those who take delivery of their vehicles after that date will have to purchase the Apple CarPlay software upgrade for USD$300 (RM1,280).

In Malaysia, where the new XC90 was launched with a price tag of RM453,888 recently, paultan.org understands that the software update will soon be made available at local dealerships as well. Existing owners will be able to buy it at their local Volvo dealerships, while new customers may select the option from the beginning.

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