BMW Great Britain has revealed numerous specification enhancements including digital TV compatibility, MP3 decoders and a plethora of interior and exterior changes for the new model year. Launched across most model ranges and offering customers improved choice and value for money, the changes apply to all 3 Series, X3 and 5 Series cars built after 1 September and all X5 and Z4 models built after 1 October, 2004.
BMW 5 Series Saloon and Touring
Customers ordering the recently announced 5 Series Sport models can now specify their car in Carbon Black, previously only available from BMW’s Individual palette. Inside, Flashlight cloth / leather is offered on Sport models while optional high-gloss Light Poplar wood and Brushed Aluminium trims further increase the quality feel of the interior.
A plethora of other optional equipment enhancements are new for the 2005 model year 5 Series. Like the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible, the TV function now includes analogue and digital TV reception, making viewing of any non-coded digital stations possible. As a result, the price of the option has increased by £70 to £680. BMW’s Business Navigation now comes as standard with TMC, the traffic monitoring system previously only available with the Professional Navigation option (now priced at £1,200), while the Professional radio option now includes an MP3 decoder.
Extended Voice Control is another new option for the 2005 model year. Priced at £270 it enables the majority of iDrive functions to be accessed via voice control, e.g. names and numbers on a telephone’s SIM can be accessed and radio stations can be selected by a vocal command.
A new rear headphone system is now available to order, priced at £185, for those many customers whose children demand different music to those in the front seats. Rear seat passengers can listen to the CD player on their headphones while adults in the front listen to the radio, or vice versa. The option also includes a remote control for music selection.
An anthracite headlining is now available to order on all models, as is Sun Protection Glazing - something previously only available as an option on Saloon models.Published 8 September 2004