These spy photos from Schneider, originally surfaced in a thread on E90post. Since we have already broke cover on the official marketing photos, the exterior shots of a car clad in 10 pounds of metal screws is not all that interesting. However some interior shots of an early spec mule are.
Though these photos are new, they are of an older test car due to the heavy cladding it has; BMW over the last 6 months dropped the extra metal and has begun to use various tapes and patterns to “hide ” the cars. That means this car may not have the newest interior fittings but was used to test basic systems.
What we do see here is the new iDrive in a US spec 335d. We can not only tell it is the new iDrive from the fact the controller is covered but also because there is only one slot for a CD, not the two currently. It is easily identified as a US spec car because of the MPH on the speedometer (visible in other photos) and the AM/FM buttons in place of 7/8 for the shortcuts (for other markets).
The shots also show is the new to the LCI front parking sensors. This is a great new addition and aside from crash testing a different car we are not sure why they have not been there from the beginning of production on the E90/91.
All this is another hint that the US will be seeing the new iDrive, the 335d and all the features we have been telling you about.
Sources indicate that the official word will come on July 18, hopefully it will come a few days early like the 7 series did as there are a lot of BMW enthusiasts that can ‘t wait to find out more about the 2009 models.