BMW UK has announced that from September 2015, BMW Navigation will be included as standard equipment across the range.
From July onwards, the BMW 2 Series Convertible and 2 Series Active Tourer will receive navigation as a standard feature. In addition to this, the BMW Z4 range will receive BMW Professional Navigation also from July production onwards. In September going forwards the BMW 1 Series range and 2 Series Coupé will include navigation as standard.
These enhancements will mean that every BMW offered for sale in the UK will come with navigation as standard by the end of 2015.
This latest move makes the Munich manufacturer the only company to offer navigation as standard across such a broad range of market segments. Other standard features include BMW Emergency Call, DAB radio and Bluetooth with audio streaming.
Jeff Knight, Forecasting Editor Cars, CAP, said: “BMW introducing navigation across its entire model range is a first for any mainstream manufacturer in the UK and will inevitably pave the way for others to follow. On-board navigation systems now offer so much more technology than previously seen with the likes of 2D & 3D navigation map displays, traffic information and particularly with BMW standard e-call functionality which is a key safety feature.”
BMW Emergency Call
More commonly referred to as ‘eCall’, this provides the peace of mind that in the event of an accident your vehicle can automatically make an emergency call to the emergency services via a BMW contact centre. This can be completed manually by pressing the SOS button in the vehicle head unit. However, in the case of a more serious accident, crash sensors in the vehicle will automatically trigger an emergency call allowing an agent to establish contact with the vehicle. Vehicle details and GPS data are also transferred, pinpointing the precise location enabling the services to respond immediately.