BMW rolls out upgraded software, subscription-based convenience features

Not much about BMW screams “Pay for what you need,” but the automaker will test that idea soon.

On Wednesday, BMW detailed its comprehensive update to its infotainment system, including updated navigation services, wireless Android Auto compatibility, electric-vehicle charging services, and subscription-based convenience features coming soon to cars.

BMW said cars built after July 1 will feature the updated tech, and that BMWs equipped with the automaker’s latest operating system (iDrive 7) would receive the upgrades via an over-the-air software update.

The automaker described how soon its cars will offer new owners app-like, in-car purchases for features and driver-assistance systems

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2020 Mazda CX-9 Signature straddles the SUV class line

The 2020 Mazda CX-9 embraces some contradictions for a three-row crossover SUV. Mazda’s largest vehicle leads the competition by a long nose when it comes to length, yet its shorter height results in less cargo room than the Honda Pilot, Kia Telluride, and the Subaru Ascent. Its sporty design enables the CX-9 to handle more nimbly than the competition yet it has the weakest engine output. Stellar safety scores highlight its family charm, yet the cramped third row diminishes its utility.

Lastly, but certainly not least, the top Signature trim edges Mazda deeper into premium territory belonging to Buick, Lexus,

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SUVs instrumental in death of Lincoln Continental

The Lincoln Continental full-size sedan will once again be discontinued at the end of 2020, the automaker confirmed Wednesday.

“As the full-size premium sedan segment continues to decline in the U.S., we plan to end production of the Lincoln Continental at the end of this year,” Lincoln spokewoman Anika Salceda-Wycoco said in a statement. “Lincoln is investing in growth segments and the brand will feature a full portfolio of SUVs, including a fully electric vehicle in the future.”

A partnership with electric startup Rivian to make an electric vehicle was canceled late in April, with the companies citing the

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2022 VW Tiguan goes digital, touch-sensitive

It’s not too early to start planning for next year.

On Tuesday, Volkswagen gave us our first look at the 2022 Tiguan crossover that will arrive in the U.S. in fall 2021. Not much is radically different on the small crossover with a big interior, aside from upgraded interior materials, a more powerful infotainment system, new steering wheel, and subtle design changes.

Volkswagen isn’t ready to start talking price for the new Tiguan, but we should more know this time next year.

The biggest changes for the crossover are inside, where the Tiguan gets a digital instrument cluster on all

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