BMW’s iX SUV and i4 sedan are set to feature the automobile manufacturer’s latest iteration of iDrive. The new version will see a major revamp of both hardware and software. On the hardware side of things, the revamped infotainment system will feature bigger curved displays with higher resolutions, redesigned center console accompanied by different personalization options thanks to BMW’s Operating System 8.
In case you’re wondering, the main highlight of the new infotainment system is the bigger 12.3-inch display that brings the drivers 12.3-inch instrument cluster display and the center 14.9-inch touchscreen into a single panel with a resolution of 200ppi. The size will have different sizes depending on different models.
Apart from this, the rotary wheel is also getting a redesign but will continue to be the central control element for the system. As touch and voice controls have been extremely popular over the years, BMW is getting rid of almost half of the physical buttons. Instead, the new infotainment system builds upon the Ultra-wideband radio technology that Apple added to iPhone 11. With the new feature, drivers will be able to unlock their cards without taking out their smartphones.
As for software, iDrive 8 also supports 5G connectivity to allow download OTA updates as well as live traffic data for navigation, charging, and parking. According to BMW, the first 5G-capable BMW will be the company’s upcoming iX SUV.