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BMW has just released a brief with a host of updates for its lineup coming in the spring of this year. They range from an interior tech refresh for the 4-Series range to extra bright exterior lights on the big X7.
Starting with the 4 Series and M4, BMW says that in March 2023 these models will be offered with its “curved screen” running iDrive 8. This requires a total change to the center console and means it will now look like the refreshed 2023 BMW 3. Series. The new screen layout consists of a 14.9-inch central infotainment screen and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster – this will be the only standard option. Other changes to the 4 Series at present include making the Shadowline window trim standard and adding aluminum rhombi to the interior trim options. Specific to the M4, the dashboard will be newly available in Sensatec, and a new M design graphic will be optional for the bonnet and trunk lid.
The BMW X7 adds a crystal headlight option to its list of available extras. The crystal headlights – originally revealed in the electric BMW i7 (pictured below) and officially called Iconic Glow – consist of Swarovski crystals positioned in the upper part of the lights which are then backlit by LEDs. They look rather distinctive and intriguing both in direct sunlight and at night when illuminated by LEDs.
Beyond the lighting change, BMW is adding its Parking Assistant Professional remote control to the X7’s options list. This also applies to the 7 and iX series. Parking technology allows you to guide your car into and out of parking spaces via the My BMW app with an iPhone. Basically, if you need to park in a space so small (like a cramped garage) that opening the door is a hazard, this will allow you to remotely control your car to squeeze into it.
Another notable change for the BMW iX is the addition of a manually activated preconditioning function. Instead of needing to set the in-car navigation to a charger, you can now simply tell the iX you’re driving to one via the infotainment system, and the car will initiate battery conditioning to ensure speeds of maximum loads. available upon your arrival. This will make life much easier for people who prefer to use Google Maps (or other smartphone-based maps) for navigation purposes. The latest update for the iX is the addition of a trailer assistant. When you have a trailer connected, you will be able to use the iDrive rotary knob controller to automatically steer the trailer in the desired direction of travel for easier reversing.
If you buy an electric BMW, you’ll also be happy to know that from this spring the charging cable that comes with the car is upgraded to support 22kW AC charging, which is double the current load speed. cord supplied with BMW electric vehicles. Of course, you’ll need a charging station setup that supports this high-power charging to take advantage of it.
The latest detailed updates relate to BMW’s Digital Key technology in that people with certain Samsung phones will now have their cars automatically unlock as they approach. You will need a phone running the latest software that has the Ultra-Wideband chip necessary for the technology to work.