BMW iDrive 5.0 infotainment-01

All BMW 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series and 4 Series models will be getting the BMW 7 Series’ iDrive 5.0 infotainment system in a product update set to happen this summer. Wireless charging function for smartphones and WLAN hotspot will both be offered as an option.

Save for gesture controls, the iDrive 5.0 infotainment unit to be included in said models feature a revamped user interface with a structured menu display and a higher screen resolution for the Control Display. The on-board monitor will no longer show the main menu and control options in lists but in adjacently arranged tile symbols. As usual, users can navigate through these menus by using the iDrive controller.

Elsewhere, the speech recognition feature of the navigation system Professional has been supplemented by the function, Natural Language. With this function, spoken instructions can be given in both predefined text modules and freely formulated and complete sentences.

As mentioned, wireless charging for mobile phones will be offered as an option. Apart from the integration of the smartphone into the vehicle’s operating system, the new option also comes with a connection to the exterior antenna and two USB ports as well as WLAN hotspot function.

On another note, all models will also be available with a wider choice of leather seats in the leather trim Dakota, coloured in black with blue contrast stitching.

Additionally, the M Sport, Luxury Line and Sport Line variants of the BMW 3 Series and 4 Series will be offered with Dakota Veneto Beige trim, combined with a black interior.