BMW Details New Configurable Digital Cockpit Ahead Of 3-Series Reveal

In case you didn’t notice, BMW’s latest models come with the company’s all-new Live Cockpit that features the BMW Operating System 7.0.

The brand’s latest and newest models, including the new X5, 8-Series, Z4 and the much-awaited 3-Series will feature this new, fully-digital display and control concept that will also feature over-the-air updates. The infotainment system comes with a 10.25-inch high-definition touchscreen while the instrument cluster gets a 12.3-inch display.

BMW’s new system will be able to be operated via the classic iDrive controller, touch, voice or gesture control. The new advanced voice control features what BMW calls ‘natural language understanding’, meaning you won’t have to talk like a robot in order to work your way through the system. In addition, the gesture control function has been expanded to include two additional gestures, bringing the total up to seven.

The infotainment menu gets a new, flatter structure, combining vertical lists and horizontal bars for faster access. There’s also a new quick access toolbar, where your most frequently used functions can be found.

The new digital instrument cluster combines 2D and 3D graphics with animation. BMW decided that their display will no longer replicate analogue circular gauges. These are replaced by arced elements that open towards the center. Navigation content is displayed in the middle with an orientation map, while choosing the ECO Pro mode will have the rev-counter replaced with by current fuel consumption and average speed readings. Accent color is also mode-dependent.

As mentioned previously, the new system will feature over-the-air updates. BMW says that as of next year, the Remote Software Upgrade will allow customers to book functions or services customized for their car retroactively. The BMW Connected App will notify the owner when an update is available, with the download taking place directly in the app. The update procedure Is then completed when the smartphone is connected to the vehicle. The update can also be performed via the vehicle’s built-in SIM card.

BMW will reveal the all-new 3-Series at the Paris Auto Show, on October 2.

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  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    A big NO from my saide

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks nice!

  • MarkoS

    Works for me, but can it drive again?

    • KareKakk

      Good design never goes out of style. Caps Lock on the other hand…

  • john1168

    I like it a lot! But I think these interior pics are of the X5?

    • Matt

      No, they just didn’t want to put an image of the new 3-Series on the infotainment screen for these shots because it hasn’t been revealed yet.

      Definitely not an X5 interior.

    • Jason Panamera

      Because it is X5, not 3 series.

  • Nordschleife

    Looks good to me. Not the omg wow of the Benz interiors (especially when new) but as someone who didn’t care for BMW interiors overall, I like the new X5 and this.

    • Jason Panamera

      Because it is only interior of X5. New 3 series gonna have thinner center console and won’t have these dpuble wents near doors.

      • Nordschleife

        That’s funny because I did think it looked very X5ish but hopefully it will look good. Thanks

  • Rev Mike, Esq.

    We’ll see what it looks like in person. My X3 lease expires in a little over a year, so maybe I’ll go back to the 3.

  • Jason Panamera

    This article is about digital cockpit, not about the interior. Seems like giving pictures of X5 interior is a little bit confusing for the people, but not at all, because new 3 series interior will be pretty close to X5.

  • Kagan

    Give us manual gearbox and handbrake!


    No Android Auto, no party.

  • pcurve

    looks like BMW had a bit of rival envy. Audi + Benz + Hexagon shapes = BMW

  • Ronald Roman

    I like Audi’s better. Even MBUX…
    “What can I help you with?” Why not ” Wassup, yo?” or ” Like, you know…ssup?”

  • Daryl Poe

    I’ve had 3-3 Series and 2-5 Series and the most necessary cockpit change is to go back to the 4 spoke wheel so we can hold the steering wheel at the bottom. Cadillac, Lexus and Infinity get it, why doesn’t BMW?

  • Matthew Boyd

    There monthly lease payments are soooo good 😂BMW knows how to sucker a customer in. Most people can’t pass on an interior like this for 3-$500 a month…but if I must say, looks like a lot of people designed this interior with a lot of ideas. The speedo design seems a bit cluttered, but that can just be those particular screens.

  • TheHake

    Jeebus. FINALLY.

  • BlackPegasus

    Guys, I think this may be my next car. 😍

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