Australian News - July 22, 2020

BMW Offering Remote Engine Start On 4 Series, 5 Series & M5 Competition

BMW Australia has continued to enhance its suite of technology offerings with introduction of the Remote Engine Start function.

The feature, which will debut on the upcoming 4 Series and both the new 5 Series and M5 Competition, remotely starts the vehicle’s engine for up to 15 minutes at a time using the BMW ConnectedDrive App from any location to optimise the cabin conditions before the driver and their occupants enter the vehicle.

The function can also be activated via the BMW vehicle key at a range of 30-70 metres. Depending on the vehicle’s equipment level, functions such as seat heating, seat ventilation and steering wheel heating can also be controlled. The new feature provides customers with added convenience and additional comfort by preheating in cold conditions and precooling in hot weather.

Remote Engine Start can be optionally equipped ex-factory on the following models:

Model From vehicle production month


3 Series Sedan range July 2020
4 Series Coupé range July 2020
520i, 530i, M550i and M5 Competition July 2020
X5 xDrive40i, X5 M50i and X5M Competition August 2020
X6 xDrive40i, X6 M50i and X6M Competition August 2020
Z4 Roadster range July 2020

The feature can also be purchased via the BMW ConnectedDrive Store and installed in just minutes over-the-air with Remote Software Upgrade.

Applicable models and relevant production timing for purchasing Remote Engine Start via the BMW ConnectedDrive Store are as follows:

Model From vehicle production month


320i, 330i and M340i July 2019
4 Series Coupé range July 2020
520i and 530i July 2020
740i and 740Li July 2019
840i July 2019
X5 xDrive40i August 2019
X6 xDrive40i August 2019
Z4 sDrive20i, Z4 sDrive30i and Z4 M40i July 2019

Remote Engine Start is expected to be introduced to other BMW models by Q4 2020.