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Adding Apple CarPlay to 2017 Renault Kadjar 2 weeks 8 hours ago #1

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Hi All,

Thanks for letting me join - proud new owner of a used 2017 Renault Kadjar since Saturday. 1.5 Diesel with the Signature spec and very happy with it, apart from one key aspect... a lack of Apple CarPlay.

It was listed on AutoTrader as having Apple CarPlay (something that was a major selling point for me and was even part of my AutoTrader search parameters). Unfortunately though, the listing was incorrect. My Kadjar was registered in March 2017 and CarPlay was apparently added as standard from April 2017, so it was a month short. The dealer had a disclaimer on the listing that essentially stated that some of the spec listed might not actually be the spec, which I didn't see unfortunately, so returning looks unlikely to be an option.

So I'm now eagerly looking to try and have Apple CarPlay added/fitted somehow, as it's a really important feature for me to have for my work and without it the car is not really fit for purpose unfortunately.

I've done a lot of research and found that it's not something Renault do or endorse, so if any anyone put me in touch with someone that has done it or would know how to do it, even through unofficial means, I would really appreciate it. It's a service I would happily pay for. I've attached photos of my interior for reference.

Thank you, I'm open to all solutions or suggestions.

Céin

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Adding Apple CarPlay to 2017 Renault Kadjar 2 weeks 5 hours ago #2

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Hi, Cein. I think it would be helpful, if you posted the version No. of your R-link. Does it start with a 2, a 3 or a 7? You´ll find it under system information - software release. Depending on your version (I would guess it´s 2), it´s more or less easy to add Android Auto (I have done that myself). But that´s not your question ;-) You want Apple´s Car Play. It can be activated in the system in the same way as Android Auto. BUT it won´t work. As far as I understand, you need to replace the USB outlet to a more powerful one (so hardware changes, not just software). I have stumbled over descriptions how to do it on the net, but since I use Android, I haven´t dug too deep into it. My advice - start by searching the net and this forum for Apple Car Play - R-link2 Or you might find someone in the U.K., who will do it for you. Good luck!
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Adding Apple CarPlay to 2017 Renault Kadjar 1 week 6 days ago #3

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Hi Karl, thanks for responding! The version number is 2.2.19.300. I've attached some pictures of the system information.

Yes, if only I was a Android user! That is useful to know though, thank you. If it's a case of having someone activate CarPlay within the system and replace the USB sockets, I would happily go ahead with that. But I did read on here that the R-Link system itself won't be powerful enough to power the USB sockets if they're replaced, have you seen anything about that? I've got in touch with companies that upgrade cars to be able to use Apple CarPlay, but it seems Renault is a particular challenge, so I'm hoping you wise Kadjar users might have some experience with it. It's a cruel irony that a large part of buying the car was to use Apple CarPlay (the advert actually stated it twice) and I may not even be able to add it if I want to. So It would be amazing to find that person who has achieved this upgrade or knows exactly what needs changing, if they're out there.

Thanks again!

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Adding Apple CarPlay to 2017 Renault Kadjar 1 week 6 days ago #4

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V2 has no possibility of AA or ACP.
In the first instance, you will need to upgrade to V3, an element of risk involved, and that will only give you access to AA. ACP is much more complicated due to power issues and I believe the USB port as well. I don't believe anyone here has achieved ACP on the older unit such as yours I'm afraid
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Adding Apple CarPlay to 2017 Renault Kadjar 5 days 6 hours ago #5

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So, today I did final check. New device with V 9.x software and a car 2016 year (original device was 1.1 and 2.2.19.300 firmware). CarPlay and AndroidAuto enabled on new device. CarPlay does not work (basically detect phone and try to connect, then failure).
i assume that proper USB port is also needed.
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