According to an Autoblog report, BMV just confirmed that it’s temporarily removing touchscreen functions from several models, due to the global chip shortage that has now affected several industries over the last months. Among the industries affected, automakers are among those who felt the impact the hardest, with a big part of their production being slowed down or put on hold.
As a result, BMW is cutting down on silicon use to keep current production levels at bay. Currently, BMW 3 Series, X5, X6, X7 and Z4 models will arrive without touchscreen controls. BMW 4 Series Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe will also lack touchscreen features for the time being. Keep in mind that to operate the infotainment system those who own one of the affected models will require to use the center console’s iDrive controller.
However, if you get a model without the usually integrated touch control, you’ll receive a $500 credit due to “Deletion of Touchscreen.”
The automobiles without touchscreen functionality are scheduled to arrive at BMW dealerships soon enough. It remains to be seen if the $500 is enough to compensate for the lack of a touchscreen on a brand new BMW.