Global Chip Shortage Hits BMW: New Models Won’t Have Touchscreens

Germany-based automaker BMW is removing touchscreens from some of its vehicles’ infotainment systems due to the ongoing global chip shortage . Affected models will still have an infotainment system, but navigation will have to be done using the iDrive controller located in the center console.

This news emerged with the post published at Bimmerfest, one of the platforms where BMW enthusiasts come together, and the list of affected models was also shared:

  • G20 3 Series
  • G22 / G23 4 Series Coupes and Convertibles
  • G26 4 Series Gran Coupe (except i4)
  • G29 Z4
  • G05 / G06 / G07 (all variants)

The forum post said that affected models will carry option code 6UY “Touch Screen Erase” and buyers will have to sign a form acknowledging the missing feature. It is also stated that a credit of 500 United States dollars will be applied to all vehicles without touch screen functionality.

BMW has told Web Site Edmunds that the news is true, noting that the measure is the result of industry-wide supply chain issues affecting automakers worldwide and causing limitations on the availability of certain features or options.


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