BMW 7 Owners & Service Manuals

BMW 7 Series: Ambient air package


The Ambient Air Package can be used to clean and scent the interior air with high-quality fragrances.

Ionization is used to clean the air from suspended particles. Together with the selected fragrance, ionization contributes to well-being and relaxation while driving.

General information

Two different fragrances can be selected in the vehicle. A variety of other fragrances is possible by replacing the fragrance cartridges.

The following criteria can influence the perception of scents in the car's interior:

  • Automatic climate control settings.
  • Temperature and air humidity.
  • Time of day and season.
  • Physical condition of the vehicle occupants, for instance fatigue.

BMW recommends the use of genuine BMW fragrance cartridges.

The genuine BMW fragrance cartridges are not suitable for refilling. When a cartridge is empty, replace it with a new fragrance cartridge.

Safety information


Refilled genuine BMW fragrance cartridges can cause the emission of harmful substances, malfunctions, and damage to the system. There is a risk of injury or risk of damage to property. Do not refill genuine fragrance cartridges. When a cartridge is empty, replace it with a new fragrance cartridge.



Ionization cleans the car's interior air of suspended particles.

Switching on/off

Via iDrive:

  1. "CAR"
  2. "Settings"
  3. "Climate control"
  4.  "Air quality"
  5. "Ionization"


General information

Fragrancing is done at intervals in order to avoid a habituation effect.

Two fragrance cartridges in the vehicle allow switching between the fragrances.

The fragrance cartridges are located in the glove compartment.

To ensure a pleasant fragrance inside of the vehicle when starting the trip, fragrancing can occur prior to the trip. The system is automatically switched on with the parked-car ventilation if fragrancing was switched on at the end of the last trip.


Button in the center console

Button in the center console


Functional requirements

  • The fragrance cartridges are sufficiently filled.
  • The interior temperature is between 41 ºF/+5 ºC and 104 ºF/+40 ºC
  • Open the vents to allow the fragrance to flow out.

Selecting the fragrance

The car's interior is fragranced depending on the selected fragrance.

Two different fragrances can be selected in the vehicle.

Via iDrive:

  1. "CAR"
  2.  "Settings"
  3.  "Climate control"
  4.  "Fragrance"
  5. Select the desired fragrance.

The setting is stored for the driver profile currently used.

Switching fragrancing on/off, adjusting intensity

Using the button

Press the button once for each
intensity level.

Highest intensity if three bars are shown on the climate control display.

Fragrancing is switched off if no bars are displayed.

Via iDrive

  1. "CAR"
  2. "Settings"
  3. "Climate control"
  4.  "Fragrance"
  5. "Level"
  6. Select the desired setting.


General information

With operation via button, the menu of the Ambient Air Package can be displayed on the Control Display automatically.


Further settings can be adjusted.

Via iDrive:

  1. "CAR"
  2. "Settings"
  3.  "Climate control"
  4. "Fragrance"
  5.  "Show fragrance setting"

The menu is shown on the Control Display.

Fragrance cartridge filling level

The illustrations on the Control Display show the actual filling level of the fragrance cartridges.

Via iDrive:

  1. "CAR"
  2. "Settings"
  3. "Climate control"
  4.  "Fragrance" The fill level of the current fragrance is displayed.
  5. Select the desired setting.

When an empty fragrance cartridge is indicated, the cartridge still contains a fluid carrying the fragrance.

However, it is not sufficient for fragrancing.

When a fragrance cartridge requires replacement, a Check Control message is displayed


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