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 3 Series Saloon

All petrol-engined, non-Sport 3 Series Saloon models are now available with a Plus package, offering a group of previously high value optional items, free-of-charge. The Plus package includes metallic paintwork, unique 17" five-spoke alloy wheels and M aerodynamic body styling, all enhancing the visual appeal of the car while improving value for money and residual values.

All BMW 3 Series diesel models retain their free three years or 60,000-mile service and maintenance package.

BMW 3 Series Coupe

BMW 3 Series Coupe customers purchasing a non-Sport model can now specify the Hi-Line package on their cars. Offering a unique 17" 10-spoke alloy wheel design, metallic paint and Montana leather upholstery, the package is priced between £800 and £1,250, depending upon model, representing a customer saving of between 33 and 46 per cent.

BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible

BMW 3 Series Coupe and Convertible customers now have additional exterior colours and interior upholsteries to choose from. Sparkling Graphite, Sonora and Havanna metallic exterior finishes complement Finolino cloth / leather combinations available in Anthracite or Sonora. Additionally, a new range of Futura Exclusive leather, in Garnet Red, Light Beige, Light Grey or Black is matched with Poplar Smoke Grey wood trim to add an air of luxury in the cabin. All Coupé SE models (except 330Ci/Cd SE) also now benefit from a new standard 16" seven-spoke alloy wheel style.

Customers opting for the Professional Navigation system including TV now have the benefit of being able to receive reception of digital TV stations. In recognition of this upgrade, the option price has increased by £70 to £2,345.

A new option for customers wanting to safely and legally use their mobile telephone in the car is also available. ‘Bluetooth phone preparation with functionality for BMW Assist’, priced at £500 (£740 for 318Ci ES), offers users of some Bluetooth-equipped telephones the opportunity of using the wireless connection to select numbers from the phonebook and make / receive hands-free calls by simply using the multifunction steering wheel. This is differentiated from the ‘standard’ Bluetooth option by the addition of a telephone SIM card within the telephone control unit for the benefit of the BMW Assist system.

In conjunction with the optional Professional Navigation system and BMW Assist (ordered separately), if the car is involved in a severe accident rendering the occupants unable to contact the Emergency Services themselves, the car takes over. When the airbags are detonated, the BMW Assist system dials 999. If the operator receives no response from the occupants, the relevant Emergency Service is alerted and provided with details of the car’s model, colour and registration number alongside its position, courtesy of the navigation system.

Published : 08/09/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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