BMW has just released onto the web an official statement regarding the BMW 5 and 6 Series iDrive. Even though we already established that the 2009 5er and 6er will NOT receive the new iDrive Navigation system, but rather the new iDrive controller, it is still nice to see the official word from BMW North America.
Here is the email that I received this morning:
“I’m with BMW of North America, LLC. We want to clear up some confusion that appears to exist regarding iDrive. You may have noticed in the “build your own” section of BMWUSA.com or in some pictures posted on forums, that the new iDrive controller and buttons will be installed in the 2009 model year 5 Series and 6 Series. The software and functionality of the iDrive, however, will remain unchanged from the 2008 Model Year in these vehicles. In Model Year 2009, the 1 Series, 3 Series and 7 Series will be equipped with the new version of iDrive.
We hope this answers any questions that you may have had regarding the iDrive in the 5 Series and 6 Series. As always, if you have any questions, please contact us at 800-831-1117 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org