BMW has detailed a long list of updates for several of its small, midsized and large model ranges, along with new standard ‘equipment’ for its i8 plug-in hybrid sports car.
At the top of the list is a new range of powerplants for several existing and introduced variants, as BMW increases the availability of its TwinPower turbocharged engine range.
First revealed in September last year, the 218i Coupe and Convertible (both new) score a 1.5 litre three-cylinder petrol engine with 100kW and 220Nm, offering an optional eight-speed automatic while returning a best fuel figure of 5.1 l/100km.
The Coupe version with manual transmission is the fastest to 100km/h from rest with a time of 8.8 seconds.
Fuel consumption rises by a minimum 0.3 l/100km in the Convertible, while the 0-100km/h dash takes at least 0.6 seconds longer.
March will see the introduction of the diesel-powered 220d Coupe with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive, featuring a standard eight-speed automatic and a best fuel figure of 4.3 l/100km.
The 2 Series Active Tourer range will soon kick off with the new 214d variant, powered by a 70kW/220Nm three-cylinder diesel engine with a best fuel figure of 3.8 l/100km and a 0-100km/h time of 12.9 seconds.
For the 3 Series, a new 316d model in both sedan and Touring (wagon) will feature a 2.0 litre four-cylinder diesel engine producing 85kW/270Nm (up 10Nm) which can be optioned with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The 316d can hit 100km/h from rest in 10.6 seconds and return a best fuel figure of 3.9 l/100km.
There’s a new 418d Coupe entry-level variant on the way for the 4 Series range, along with the also-new 420d Coupe and Gran Coupe; both including xDrive options.
The former is powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder diesel engine producing 110kW/320Nm, while the 420d models get the same sized engine making 140kW/400Nm (up 5kW and 20Nm).
The eight-speed automatic brings the best fuel consumptions out of both powerplants (just), but oddly it’s the more powerful unit that pips the lower-spec engine for fuel usage (just) by 0.1 l/100km on 4.0 l/100km.
There’s a new variant of sorts on the way for 5 Series fans, called the 5 Series Edition Sport.
From March, the Edition Sport will offer a wide-ranging package of interior and exterior options for all sedan and Touring 5 Series models excluding M Performance and M550d variants.
BMW M customers will soon have a longer list of personalised colours to choose from for M3, M4 Coupe and M4 Convertible models, while the Coupe also gains additional interior leather options.
Last but not least, the i8 sports car will soon come with BMW’s ‘Pure Impulse Experience’ program which comprises “lifestyle products in the areas of culture, design, travel and gastronomy”.
There’s also additional interior colour choices for the i8, along with new optional black-painted brake callipers and a leather engine cover.
BMW’s 2015 updates are due to arrive in showrooms for overseas customers from March this year, while timing and availability for Australia will be revealed soon.
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