Which iDrive system do I have? (CCC, CIC, NBT)

Which iDrive system do I have? (CCC, CIC, NBT)

BMW is working all the time on iDrive interface changes, as well as introducing newer, more advanced hardware and faster processors to support new features. The iDrive system (or the head unit, which is its main element) in each BMW defines not only the availability or absence of these very features and also its price.

There are some key distinctions between the iDrive versions that will really make a difference for a driver who likes to stream music from various devices, play films on the BMW display or use their favorite smartphone apps through the car’s system.

Do I Have CIC, NBT or NBT Evo? Navigation System Professional

There are aftermarket solutions to upgrade the iDrive for a reasonable price. But to know how to retrofit it and what you will get with the new system, first you need to find out what you have and what features are available in your existing iDrive. So, how do you check the iDrive version in your BMW?

Which iDrive do I have?

So, there are 3 ways to determine which iDrive system you have:

1. By the year of production

Of course, 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.

iDrive Series/Model Timeframes
1-Series E81/E82/E87/E88 06/2004 – 09/2008
3-Series E90/E91/E92/E93 03/2005 – 09/2008
CCC(Car Communication Computer) 5-Series E60/E61 12/2003 – 11/2008
6-Series E63/E64 12/2003 – 11/2008
X5 Series E70 03/2007 – 10/2009
X6 E72 05/2008 – 10/2009



iDrive Series/Model Timeframes
1-Series E81/E82/E87/E88 09/2008 – 03/2014
1-Series F20/F21 09/2011 – 03/2013
3-Series E90/E91/E92/E93 09/2008 – 10/2013
3-Series F30/F31/F34/F80 02/2012 – 11/2012
5-Series E60/E61 11/2008 – 05/2010
5-Series F07 10/2009 – 07/2012
5-Series F10 03/2010 – 09/2012
5-Series F11 09/2010 – 09/2012
CIC(Car Information Computer) 6-Series E63/E64 11/2008 – 07/2010
6-Series F06 03/2012 – 03/2013
6-Series F12/F13 12/2010 – 03/2013
7-Series F01/F02/F03 11/2008 – 07/2013
7-Series F04 11/2008 – 06/2015
X1 E84 10/2009 – 06/2015
X3 F25 10/2010 – 04/2013
X5 E70 10/2009 – 06/2013
X6 E71 10/2009 – 08/2014
Z4 E89 04/2009 – present


iDrive Series/Model Timeframes
1-Series F20/F21 03/2013 – 03/2015
2-Series F22 11/2013 – 03/2015
3-Series F30/F31 11/2012 – 07/2015
3-Series F34 03/2013 – 07/2015
3-Series F80 03/2014 – 07/2015
4-Series F32 07/2013 – 07/2015
4-Series F33 11/2013 – 07/2015
4-Series F36 03/2014 – 07/2015
5-Series F07 07/2012 – present
(CIC-HIGH, also called the Next Big Thing – NBT)
5-Series F10/F11/F18 09/2012 – present
6-Series F06/F12/F13 03/2013 – present
7-Series F01/F02/F03 07/2012 – 06/2015
X3 F25 04/2013 – 03/2016
X4 F26 04/2014 – 03/2016
X5 F15 08/2014 – 07/2016
X5 F85 12/2014 – 07/2016
X6 F16 08/2014 – 07/2016
X6 F86 12/2014 – 07/2016
i3 09/2013 – present
i8 04/2014 – present

iDrive Series/Model Timeframes
1-Series F20/F21 03/2015 – 06/2016
2-Series F22 03/2015 – 06/2016
2-Series F23 11/2014 – 06/2016
3-Series F30/F31/F34/F80 07/2015 – 06/2016
NBT Evo (the Next Big Thing Evolution) ID4 4-Series F32/F33/F36 07/2015 – 06/2016
6-Series F06/F12/F13 03/2013 – 06/2016
7-Series G11/G12/G13 07/2015 – 06/2016
X3 F25 03/2016 – 06/2016
X4 F26 03/2016 – 06/2016

iDrive Series/Model Timeframes
1-Series F20/F21 07/2016 – present
2-Series F22 07/2016 – present
3-Series F30/F31/F34/F80 07/2016 – present
4-Series F32/F33/F36 07/2016 – present
5-Series G30/G31/G38 10/2016 – present
6-Series F06/F12/F13 07/2016 – present
NBT Evo (the Next Big Thing Evolution) ID5/ID6 6-Series G32 07/2017 – present
7-Series G11/G12/G13 07/2016 – present
X3 F25 07/2016 – present
X3 G01 11/2017 – present
X4 F26 07/2016 – present
X5 F15/F85 07/2016 – present
X6 F16/F86 07/2016 – present

iDrive Series/Model Timeframes
3-Series G20 09/2018 - present
(Media Graphic Unit)
8-Series G14/G15 09/2018 - present
X5 G05 09/2018 - present
Z4 G29 09/2018 - present

2. By the interface

All of the 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








BMW Navigation Update

If you want to replace your current iDrive system with a new one, it will certainly be a hardware upgrade. It’s important not to mix it with the BMW software update which doesn’t require any part replacement, only coding.

So, jumping from NBT to NBT Evo with the help of a BMW update is not possible because the underlying hardware is completely different. Also, the kit contents and price will depend on your existing car’s configurations – it may happen that you only need to install a new screen & head unit leaving your native controller and trim. However, in some cases, the iDrive upgrade may require all of the above mentioned together with additional cables, connectors and modules. For some cars the list of iDrive auto parts might be pretty long and installation – quite expensive.

How to Remove BMW Head Unit?

Be it a CIC or NBT head unit, in order to take it out you would need to:

  • disconnect the negative battery terminal in your trunk
  • remove the top and bottom pieces of the trim taking into account all the connections behind them (it’s always better to use professional trim tools not to break any clips or leave scratches)
  • remove the faceplate (secured by screws)
  • unscrew the T20s that hold the head unit and gently pull it out
  • carefully remove all the connections in the back of the head unit

What are the main differences between CIC and NBT Evo

  • music streams wirelessly from the phone through Apple Carplay
  • plays videos from a USB stick with Enhanced Bluetooth activated
  • higher screen resolution and contrast
  • 3D maps available
  • iDrive Touch Controller

These are the main differences between head units in cars with BMW Navigation System Professional. From all of this information you can choose the iDrive system that will be a real value for money upgrade.

We offer Carplay modules for every BMW head unit, you can find our collection HERE