From the summer of 2014, the new 8-speed Steptronic transmission with a proactive drive system will also be available for the models of the BMW 1 Series, BMW 2 Series, BMW 3 Series, BMW 4 Series and BMW 5 Series.
In vehicles equipped with a navigation system, the proactive drive system ensures that the moment to shift gears is precisely adapted to the prevailing driving situation even if the navigation system is not active. The Proactive Driving Assistant works in tandem with the navigation system and “sees” a bend or a roundabout ahead and takes into account turn-offs and motorway exits.
If the vehicle is approaching a roundabout or a bend, the transmission automatically changes down to the most appropriate gear, making optimum use of the engine braking effect. Subsequently, the system again shifts to the optimal gear for accelerating out of the bend. Furthermore, unnecessary gearshifts and hunting between bends are avoided through intelligent interaction with the navigation system.
Several variants of the new BMW X5 available from the summer of 2014 will feature as standard an optimised 8-speed Steptronic transmission. The BMW X5 equipped with the 8-speed Steptronic transmission will profit from more effective acceleration and a drop in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The summer of 2014 will also see the introduction of the BMW 7 Series Edition Exclusive. This edition comprises metallic paintwork and 19-inch light-alloy wheels in V spoke design, which have been exclusively designed for the edition models, an enhanced version of the exclusive Nappa leather trim and an instrument panel finished in leather. The optional BMW Individual all-leather trim Merino fine grain and the BMW Individual Alcantara roof lining are also included in the Edition Exclusive.