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According to GM Authority, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are going to be standard on 2021 Trailblazer models, starting with models produced in September. As a result there will be a $100 increase to the price.


General Motors reintroduced the Chevrolet Trailblazer nameplate as an all-new small crossover for the 2021 model year. Offered as a “uniquely youthful, yet functional alternative” in the popular small crossover segment, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer comes with a variety of infotainment and technology features, and now, GM Authority has learned that one of those features will become standard across the lineup.

The feature in question is wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, the two standards in modern passenger vehicle-smartphone integration.

Both features were previously offered as part of the optional Technology Package, but will now be standard on all 2021 Chevy Trailblazer models, starting with units produced in September.

As a result of the feature’s new standardization, all models will also get a $100 price increase. For reference, the current 2021 Chevy Trailblazer starts at $19,995 (including destination) for the base L trim with FWD and the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH engine. Now, this same configuration will be priced at $20,095 (including destination) starting with units produced in September.

As stated above, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto were previously offered as part of the Technology Package, which also included:

  • Chevrolet Infotainment 3 Plus system
  • HD Radio
  • SiriusXM with 360L
  • Bose premium seven-speaker system
  • SD card reader
  • Wireless Charging
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • HD Rear Vision Camera
  • 4.2-inch diagonal multi-color Driver Information Center
  • LED headlamps
As a reminder, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer rides on the GM VSS-F platform, with production for the U.S. taking place at the GM Bupyeong plant in South Korea. Available engine options include the turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH, and the turbocharged 1.3L I3 L3T.
 

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I'm hopeful that an unauthorized owner-applied software tweak will unlock wireless phone integration. The wireless charging is a hardware feature so it can't be "enabled", but the wireless connectivity (via wifi, rather than bluetooth) already exists in the standard head units. This type of 'hack' dates back to 2018:

[Android 4.1+]Proxy/GateWay for Android Auto

...Even better would be a software update from Chevrolet which simply enables wireless integration connectivity...
 

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I'm hopeful that an unauthorized owner-applied software tweak will unlock wireless phone integration. The wireless charging is a hardware feature so it can't be "enabled", but the wireless connectivity (via wifi, rather than bluetooth) already exists in the standard head units. This type of 'hack' dates back to 2018:

[Android 4.1+]Proxy/GateWay for Android Auto

...Even better would be a software update from Chevrolet which simply enables wireless integration connectivity...
Have you done anything like this before @Quaid? I don't have the skills to even try.
 

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Sure. If you've ever jailbroken an iPhone or unlocked an Android phone, you're in the same realm of task difficulty. If the hardware is the same, but only a software difference prevents wireless android auto / apple carplay, then a software change can enable it.

Here's another example of something similar:
https://www.reddit.com/r/Ford/comments/4hud8z
 
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