BMW has showed off how the instrument clusters in future BMWs – with analogue dials replaced by digital graphics – would look like and will be presented for the first time in the new X5 set to be unveiled later this year.

The new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, designed to portray the signature front end of BMW vehicles, displays all the driver assistance systems grouped on the left side of the screen, while various parameters of the car such as the G-meter and consumption figures can be summoned on the right side.

Powered by BMW’s new Operating System 7.0, the new iDrive system is not only capable of displaying sharper, more intuitive graphics on the infotainment display but also allows up to four different “tiles”, essentially widgets, to be placed in one page. Up to 10 pages are allocated for “shortcuts” to your most commonly used features.

Voice control has also been improved, together with two additional gestures added to the system – bringing the range of gesture controls to a total of seven. The new OS is also able to furnish the driver with information according to the situation the driver is in.

For example, if the vehicle is approaching the preset destination, the system will automatically display the parking options available nearby.


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