Starting from March this year overseas, BMW is set to introduce a series of running changes across its model lines. Some of the changes won’t filter immediately through to Australian delivered cars (and some are off the cards), but they will likely appear sometime after their introduction appear in Europe.
The biggest change is the introduction of new-generation engines for the 4 Series range. Already deployed in last year’s 3 Series update, the new engine family features BMW’s TwinPower turbo technology, and offers improved performance and emissions.
Heading the range, the 440i will step in for the 435i, bringing a 240kW/450Nm 3.0 litre six cylinder engine that outguns the old unit by 15kW and 50Nm.
The 0-100 km/h sprint is as low a 5.0 seconds when teamed with BMW’s eight-speed automatic, while fuel consumption sits at 6.6 - 6.8 l/100km for the coupe and Gran Coupe, or 6.8 - 7.2 l/100km for the convertible, depending on specification and tyre size.
Beneath that the 430i four-cylinder takes over from the 428i with an extra 5kW for a 185kW/350Nm total, is as quick as 5.8 seconds from 0-100 km/h with fuel consumption as low a 5.5 l/100km.
The 420i also gains a new 135kW/270Nm petrol engine while on the diesel side of things the 425d introduces a 165kW/450Nm four-cylinder turbo-diesel capable of sprinting to 100km/h in just 6.1 seconds, with consumption as low as 4. l/100km.
That same engine will also be introduced on the 3 Series range, with 325d sedan and Touring (wagon) variants offered
An Open Air package also joins the option list for 2 Series and 4 Series convertibles. On the 2 Series the option adds dual-zone climate control, a heated steering wheel, the HiFi loudspeaker system, and a compact wind deflector, as well as a through-load hatch for the rear seats.
The 4 Series Open Air package includes a heated steering wheel, neck warmer, wind deflector, HiFi loudspeaker system, and rear seat through-load.
News for the 6 Series range is standard ConnectedDrive navigation, wireless mobile phone charging, and WiFi hotspot capabilities. Also, a hand-me-down from the new 7 Series in the form of the 10.2-inch Control Display and Touch Controller to update iDrive’s functionality.
Overseas BMW will add a new all-wheel-drive 218d xDrive Gran Tourer, but while the Active Tourer range is offered in Australia, the seven-seat Gran Tourer is still off the cards. X5 and X6 will gain a standard reverse camera, already offered as standard in Australia.
The M4 GTS gains the option of Carbon Compound wheels - saving 7 kilograms compared to traditional alloy wheels, the Carbon Compound rims are designed for track use, but also approved for road use in Europe, and shod with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.
As for Australia, we may not see all of the running changes here, but most will filter through.The 4 Series range will be updated during the year, however a verdict on the 325d and 425d for Australia would seem to be some way off.
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