credits her time in New Zealand with inspiring the X5’s interior.
“Whenever I am stressed at work, I beam myself to my mental escape place, the Coromandel,” Guenther told at the US launch.
So, thanks to the Coromandel, the look of the cabin of the X5 is a new level of refinement for premium European SUVS. The interior also gets BMW’S live cockpit professional display and control concept, giving a cleaner look and a more hands-free approach.
The X5 is the latest version of its idrive operating system that has five input methods: voice, touchscreen, gesture control, steering wheel buttons or the traditional idrive rotary controller. There is also a large 12.3in screen plus great graphics.
The head-up display is next level, too, including the navigation and speed limit on the windscreen, making getting lost or speeding near impossible.
There is soft Vernasca leather throughout the cabin, with stitching as an added layer of sophistication. The front seats are heated, ventilated and have massaging, the panoramic glass roof is heated, there are cooled cup-holders, plus Bowers and Wilkins surround sound system with 20-speakers finish the package.
One option that was in my X5 was that crystal gear knob with an ‘X’ in the middle of it that Guenther worked “for many, many months getting the right pattern”. It’s a great addition, and one that BMW NZ is considering when it brings in the X5.
Volvo has crystal gear knobs, too, but the X in the middle of the BMW adds another luxury touch.