As of September 2015, BMW Navigation will come as standard across the entire range. The Munich company has always offered a generous amount of equipment as standard – but this is huge step as no manufacturer has ever offered satellite navigation as standard across such a broad range of cars. In July, the BMW 2 Series convertible and Active Tourer will receive standard sat-nav, whereas the BMW Z4 range will get BMW Professional Navigation from July as well. The 1 Series range and 2 Series Coupé will also get sat-nav from September onwards.
Additional BMW standard equipment also includes DAB radio, BMW Emergency Call and Bluetooth with audio streaming as well as an extensive range of entertainment features. This new standard display will come in the form of a 6.5-inch HD monitor, an iDrive controller and Traffic Message Channel. The higher end Professional Navigation benefits from a larger 8.8-inch display with iDrive Touch controller, BMW Online and Real Time Traffic Information.
More good news for BMW customers is that the upgrade cost up to the Professional Navigation system has fallen for the 1 Series and 2 Series. The upgrade cost for the 1 Series Sports Hatch, 2 Series Coupé and 2 Series convertible has now fallen to just £900. The cost for the larger display with added features for the 2 Series Active Tourer and the Gran Tourer is at £1,395 and comes with a head-up display.
With this bold step, BMW have paved the way and set the bar for standard equipment for mainstream manufacturers, which may bring in more customers and is sure to keep the likes of Audi and Mercedes on their toes.