BMW UK is to include satellite navigation as standard on all of its models, from September.
The BMW 2 Series convertible and 2 Series active tourer will receive navigation as a standard feature, from July onwards. In addition to this, the BMW Z4 range will receive BMW Professional Navigation, also from July production onwards.
Every model in the company's range will also soon come with a 6.5-inch high definition screen, iDrive controller and traffic message channel. Professional Navigation adds a larger 8.8-inch screen with iDrive Touch controller, real time traffic information, and BMW online, including BMW remote services, which allows drivers to send addresses directly to their vehicle via Google or the BMW My Remote app.
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.
“As well as having standard navigation across the range, all BMW models will see an improvement on their residual value from between £300 to £600 (model dependant) so this is good news all round for the customer."
In addition to this news, the cost to upgrade to Professional Navigation for the 1 and 2 Series models has been reduced. Customers of the 1 Series sports hatch and 2 Series coupe and convertible can enhance their car this way for just £900. The upgrade cost for 2 Series active tourer and gran tourer customers has also been reduced to £1,395, with this package also including the BMW head up display.