BMW always have led in the design and development of the car, benz and Audi usually follows BMW's foot steps then after GM and lexus are not far behind (just look at the i-drive or bangle design..its in almost every car out). so by thinking how BMW's past moves have been bold and spot on i believe this next move will be just as spot on...
the leader does not follow others and by doing this they make moves everyone (including their customers) question why at first, only to have everyone else follow later. they know what their doing with the brand, take it easy on them..customers
also i love how 1 series customers are on these boards talking smack on how BMW will move backwards. i can see a 7 series owner looking down at the reporting but how the hell do 1 series customers? that's the cheapest quality and make in the company..