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.
The recent announcement of the X3 2.0d has heralded a change in the external appearance of the Sports Activity Vehicle. The vertical slats in the kidney grilles and lower side window trim of the 2.5i and 3.0i models are now chrome, while the 2.0d models retain black.
Internally, all cars also now come as standard with a covered storage compartment bin, located on top of the dashboard panel that was previously only available as a part of the Storage Compartment Package.
For those carrying children in their X3, front seat-mounted ISOFIX mountings are now available to order, priced at £55. In conjunction with a driver-selectable passenger seat airbag deactivation, three infants can now be transported in safety.
Like other 2005 model year cars in the range, customers specifying the TV function now receive a digital and analogue receiver, enabling the viewing of uncoded digital stations. Accordingly, the retail price of the option has increased to £680. In addition, as on the 3 Series Coupe and Convertible, X3 customers can now also specify Bluetooth phone preparation with functionality for BMW Assist. When specified alongside Professional Navigation and BMW Assist, this option enables an accident-damaged car to make an emergency call for assistance if the occupants are unable to make the call themselves.Published 8 September 2004