By Malusi Msomi
With the digitalization going into full effect with many manufacturers, BMW SA has added some newly designed equipment packages their product line up.
The BMW 2 Series Coupé and BMW M3 Sedan will come standard with the BMW Curved Display. This means that both model series now have the latest generation of the BMW iDrive multi-sensory car experience, which is based on the BMW Operating System 8. Additional functionality for the BMW Maps navigation system and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant bring further advancement in the field of digitalisation.
BMW 5 Series, BMW X5 and BMW X6 get new options
The BMW 5 Series Sedan will also receive a M Sport Package Pro in the future. It includes paddle shifters on the steering wheel for entry-level BMW 5 Series models and an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission for all other models, as well as an extended M high-gloss Shadow Line, M sports brake system with red brake callipers, and M seat belts as a supplement to the respective model-specific M sports package. The M Shadow Line lights are also included on the BMW 5 Series vehicles, as well as a black M rear spoiler on the BMW 5 Series Sedan. The Skyscraper Grey metallic paint is new to the lineup, as is the new Arctic Race Blue metallic paint.
Sensafin decor-quilted inside trim will be standard on BMW X5 and BMW X6 vehicles starting in July 2022. The newly designed surfaces come in five color options and offer qualities similar to Dakota leather, but with a more polished look and feel.
Extended functions for BMW Maps navigation system and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant
As of summer 2022, both the BMW Maps navigation system and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant will feature new functions and enhanced capabilities. In addition to improved map displays, the navigation system gives information on notable sites and characteristics along frequently traveled routes, even when route assistance is turned off.
In the future, the BMW Operating System 8 will include an M-specific user interface in the cockpit of BMW M automobiles. The additional Augmented View display, which can be used with BMW Live Cockpit Professional, is also visible in the Information Display in the BMW iX and BMW i4.
Beginning in summer 2022, the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, in conjunction with the BMW Operating System 8, will have even more advanced capabilities. The driver’s digital companion and car expert can give contextual suggestions on how to use features. In the future, they will also apply to Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Parking Assistant, and the ability to try out more BMW ConnectedDrive Store features. Furthermore, the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant instructs the driver on a variety of other capabilities of his vehicle that he has not yet used.
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