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.


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.