Bimmer Guide 

 

CCC is one of the first generation of iDrive found in BMW models till 2007. CIC was the next generation of iDrive that you will find in BMWs from 2008 till today. CCC to CIC changes included a different display, faster processor and a redesigned controller.

In 2012 BMW updated the CIC iDrive to CIC-HIGH. The update improved the processor speeds, memory, maps and hard drive capacity. 

BMW owners will usually ask us “What is the difference between CIC vs. CCC on a BMW?” This blog post will help you learn how to tell the difference between CCC and CIC BMW navigation unit.  

 

Learn the difference between CIC and CCC?

 

A quick way to tell if you have BMW CCC or CIC is to look at the CD & DVD slots.

  • If you have two slots CD and DVD it means you have CCC.
  • If you have only one CD slot it means that you have the BMW CIC unit. In this case, the navigation maps are stored in an internal hard drive. 

BMW CCC Navigation 

Another way to tell if you have CCC is to look at your BMW navigation screen also called infotainment.

This was the BMW CCC found on many BMW between 2000-2010. If you have CCC navigation you upgrade the maps by simply swapping out the DVD with one that has a newer map. 

The BMW CCC unit does not allow you to enable DVD in motion. The reason is that is was not designed to play DVD in the first place. 

 

There were two generations of CCC units:

  • 1st Gen CCC installed from 2004 to 2006  

    • Chassis: E60 E63 64 E90 E92 E93 E87

  • 2nd Gen CCC installed from 2007 to 2009

    • Chassis: E60 E63 E64 E61 E89 E90 E91 E92 E93 E70 E71

The second generation CCC had several advantages such as faster processor, more buttons, starts up faster, better design. The second generation CCC was more reliable. 

 

BMW CIC Navigation

The newer and more powerful navigation is the CIC. The easiest way to identify if you have BMW CIC unit is to look at the navigation.

BMW CIC unit is more powerful compared to the early CCC unit. It allows you to enable DVD playback or DVD in motion when applicable. It has more functionality than the CCC. Has a faster processor. 

It also has a build it hard drive which is used to store maps. To upgrade the maps you will need to get a FSC code to update the maps in the hard drive. 

 

BMW is constantly working 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, but also its price. And sometimes the financial difference is so drastic that you make an immediate decision – a 200 GB hard drive or full screen zoom for video playback may not be an absolute necessity for you.

However, 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. And if something’s missing in your existing system, you’re not stuck with it.

 

What BMW Head Unit Do I Have?

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

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

CCC
(Car Communication Computer)

1-Series E81/E82/E87/E88

06/2004 – 09/2008

3-Series E90/E91/E92/E93

03/2005 – 09/2008

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

CIC
(Car Information Computer)

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

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

NBT

(CIC-HIGH, also called the Next Big Thing – NBT)

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

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

NBT Evo (the Next Big Thing Evolution) ID4

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

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

NBT Evo (the Next Big Thing Evolution) ID5/ID6

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

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

MGU

(Media Graphic Unit)

3-Series G20

09/2018 – present

8-Series G14/G15

09/2018 – present

X5 G05

09/2018 – present

Z4 G29

09/2018 – present


CCC


CIC


 

NBT / NBT Evo ID 4


 

NBT / NBT Evo ID 5


 

 

NBT / NBT Evo ID 6


MGU ID7


 

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