BMW is constantly working on iDrive interface changes, as well as introducing newer, more advanced hardware and faster processors to support new features. However, many BMW owners might ask the question of whether losing OEM features is worth the trade-off of getting better sound quality from an aftermarket head unit. Now you can find a variety of XTRONS units that allow you to maintain the factory systems.
QBTS89CC is specifically designed to replace your factory screen while to retain access to factory features like iDrive, to control the climate (air conditioner and heater), audio system (radio and CD player), navigation system, and the communication system. However, there are some key distinctions between the iDrive versions. If your car has a BMW CCC system, it’s possible to upgrade your factory screen with XTRONS QBTS89CC without losing anything. What’s more, CCC iDrive Systems was not originally equipped with the electronics required run Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. With QBTS89CC , you will enjoy Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
How do I know if I have CCC iDrive?
First you need to find out what you have and what features are available in your existing iDrive. There are four ways to determine which iDrive system you have:
1. By the year of production
This doesn’t guarantee that you will be able to determine your iDrive version with 100% accuracy, because in some countries the production month can be different. But at least you’ll have some understanding which head unit can be in your BMW.
2. By the interface
The majority of iDrive systems have specific interfaces, so it’s also worth checking out the look of the menu in comparison with other head units to identify the iDrive version.
NBT / NBT Evo ID 4
NBT Evo ID5:
NBT Evo ID6:
3. By the factory CD & DVD slots:
2x DVD/CD DRIVES : CCC iDrive Systems use a DVD drive to store/read the satellite navigation map data – You can tell if an iDrive System is a CCC System if there are two DVD slots on the main head unit.
Single CD/DVD Drive on Head Unit : As the CiC unit features an internal HDD drive, there is no requirement for an additional CD/DVD drive for map data.
By LVDS connectors:
Different iDrive Systems use different LVDS connectors:
What are the main features of CCC?
CCC is the first generation of iDrive found in BMW models up to 2007.
with option S644A or S633A/S639A hands-free calling
• plays MP3 from CD/DVD discs
• with option S6FLA, plays mp3 files from a USB stick
• allows listening to music through an AUX port
plays only from an original BMW DVD changer (option S696A)
no hard drive, so the maps are stored on a DVD disc, and every time you pull it out, there is no navigation
BMW iDrive controller:
Wheel + MENU button
As a professional car audio manufacturer, XTRONS continues to adjust to the changing market, you'll find more and more products available that'll add functionality and performance to your factory system.
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