I'm buying a new BMW X1, will it have the latest operating system?

I would just like your view on the following. For many, many months I have been trying to buy a new BMW X1 (U11 series) and finally managed to source one for estimated delivery in September.

I am aware BMW are in the process of changing their infotainment system from Operating System 8 to Operating System 9 - improving its usability. Can I insist my new car has this 'upgrade'? Or if not, is it like an iPhone for example, where the operating system software can be routinely updated?

Asked on 2 August 2023 by Anthony Mitchell

Answered by David Ross
BMW is introducing the OS9 system to vehicles throughout 2023, and in its own press release it states that it will appear in the compact class first in the new BMW X1 beginning with November 2023 production.

It seems unlikely that it will introduce a new vehicle with the old operating system although it is possible, so if you are looking at getting one of the earliest cars it would be worth checking with the dealer to see if they can confirm the operating system that will be installed.

Based on the existing OS8 and OS8.5 versions, it is not possible to update the system software to the latter version as it also incorporates hardware changes, so we would not count on being able to upgrade OS8.5 to OS9.
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