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 6 Series Coupe and Convertible
Like its 5 Series relative, the 6 Series Coupe and Convertible models specified with TV function now come with the benefit of digital and analogue TV reception. Both 6 Series models also reflect the change to the Professional radio option coming with an MP3 decoder.
Additionally, both the 6 Series Coupe and Convertible variants can now feature Active Cruise Control. Previously only available on 5 and 7 Series models, Active Cruise Control, priced at £1,215, allows the driver to continue at a predetermined speed thanks to radar mounted below the front valance that takes account of other cars moving into its path. On ‘seeing’ a car ahead, Active Cruise Control decelerates the 6 Series to match the speed of the other car, before accelerating to the previous speed when the obstacle has passed.
Also new on the options list for the 6 Series is High Gloss Shadowline, replacing the standard chrome window surrounds with a gloss black finish. An M Sports multifunction steering wheel is also now available, priced at £70, as is the same Extended Voice Control option which 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.Published 8 September 2004