Your Next BMW Might Be Lacking A Very Common Feature
There’s no stopping the consequences of the global chip shortage, and even BMW is not immune to this.by Isaac Atienza, on
Remember the previous versions of BMW iDrive whose screens can only be controlled through the rotary knob controller? Well, it seems the old-school iDrive is making an unofficial comeback due to a shortage of chips.
Since the launch of iDrive 5 in 2015, BMW’s infotainment system has seen the availability of a touch screen, at least on certain models. Throughout half of its history, iDrive could only be operated through the rotary dial, but this will be once again the case on certain new 2022 model year BMWs due to the ongoing global chip shortage.
According to a forum post at Bimmerfest, the BMW 3 Series, 4 Series (excluding the i4 EV), X5, X6, X7, and Z4 are affected by the removal of the touch screen.
Also, according to the Bimmerfest post, affected models will have the option code "6UY" on the window stickers, which indicates the deletion of the touch screen. As a result. buyers of the affected models will receive a $500 credit off their car’s MSRP.
BMW iDrive 7 will continue to operate as-is, though you can only operate the interface through the Intelligent Personal Assistant voice command feature, or the rotary knob—just like in the olden days of iDrive. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will also be retained, but they can only be controlled through the knob.
Unfortunately, the deletion of the touch screen will consequently affect the vehicle’s Backup Assistant feature. This feature remembers the last several hundred feet that you drove, and then it will automatically steer you out of let’s say a dead-end or out of your garage based on the last steering inputs that you made.
BMW has given an official statement through Edmunds:
"This measure is a result of the industry-wide supply chain issues which are affecting automotive manufacturing worldwide and causing limitations on the availability of some features or options,"
The German automaker has not said how long the chip shortage will affect its vehicles, or if more models will be affected by the deletion of the touch screen. It is also interesting to see how this will affect these cars’ resale values in the future.