The 2016 BMW X5 and X6 will get a touchscreen LCD for the navigation system

BMW X5, BMW X6 | February 15th, 2016 by 23
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Late in the summer, the F15 BMW X5 SUV and the F16 BMW X6 SAC will get an update for their navigation system. The current …

Late in the summer, the F15 BMW X5 SUV and the F16 BMW X6 SAC will get an update for their navigation system. The current 10.25 inch will retain its size while receiving the touchscreen technology recently introduced by the new BMW 7 Series.

The X5 and X6 will also get the iDrive 5.0 — BMW’s connected car system that has improved by leaps and bounds in recent years. The iDrive gets touchscreen support for the first time in an SUV, but still maintains the traditional iDrive controller in the center console. The touch iDrive knob will continue to be part of the offering, but the gesture control technology found in the 7 Series won’t make it into this current generation X5/X6.

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While not confirmed at the moment, the new X5 M and X6 M are likely to also get the updated screen in the future.

The current generation BMW X5 is sold in the U.S. in five variants – xDrive35i, sDrive35i, xDrive35d, xDrive40e and xDrive50i. The X6 Sports Activity Coupe is offered in three different configurations – sDrive35i, xDrive35i and xDrive50i.

23 responses to “The 2016 BMW X5 and X6 will get a touchscreen LCD for the navigation system”

  1. 181 says:

    Seems like you would have to stretch quite far to reach the screen… Not an ideal placement for a touchscreen.

  2. Pictor says:

    Touch Screens do not belong in cars. Period. They’re great for showroom demonstrations but they have no place in a moving vehicle where you rely on haptic feedback to navigate instruments without taking your eyes off the road.

    • Jørgen Mo says:

      I disagree. When changing settings you are usually stationary anyway and then it can be good to have the touch screen option.

      • tonyW says:

        I agree with your disagree-ing. As long as you still have the option of using the iDrive I don’t see what the problem is. And the front-seat passenger (if you have one) can always use the touchscreen.

        • raju says:

          I have used a touch screen for 4 years and got the i drive with my X5, thought I am downgrading but i drive knob is a lot more convenient ,safer, responsive and cleaner

    • Xavier Hernández says:

      Completely disagree. Some X models (X6/X5) offers Internet access in the car and I can tell you for sure that it’s not a pleasant action to type a google search using the knob. Of course touch screens aren’t the best way to handle other options, but as iDrive increases features and requires more user input, touch screen is a must to perform other common options faster.

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  8. Michael Glenn says:

    The title refers to the 2016 BMW X5 and X6. However, the article states the update will occur in the late summer. As production of the 2016 X5 and X6 reportedly ends in August, it appears more likely that such a late summer change will be introduced in 2017 models. Should the title properly refer to the 2017 X5 and X6 or will the change actually be introduced before the production ends of 2016 models?

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