BMW will enter spring 2011 with important new models and model variants, as well as a large number of product upgrades and new features. The changes to the BMW model range focus on pioneering innovations for enhanced efficiency, aesthetic design and superior driving dynamics. The new models and model upgrades will be available from March 2011.
The New BMW 1 Series Coupe New BMW 1 Series Convertible
The new BMW 1 Series Coupe and the new BMW 1 Series Convertible will incorporate carefully selected modifications that will make these models even more dynamic and efficient. The restyled front apron creates "air curtains" which counteract turbulence in the wheel arch area, thereby also reducing drag. Other new touches include restyled headlights and rear lights, high-grade refinements to various controls, and new exterior paint colours, upholstery and interior trim.
BMW 320d Touring EfficientDynamics Edition
Like its counterpart the BMW 320d Saloon EfficientDynamics Edition, the BMW 320d Touring EfficientDynamics Edition, due for launch in spring 2011, reflects BMW's world-leading expertise in developing cars that combine extra-low emissions with dynamic performance. The BMW 320d Touring EfficientDynamics Edition has 120 kW/163 hp of power on tap, but records fuel consumption of just 65.7 mpg in the EU test cycle. The powerplant is a latest-generation common-rail direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. This all-aluminium unit develops peak torque of 280 lb-ft at just 1,750 rpm. It accelerates the five-door estate from 0-62 mph in 8.3 seconds and provides a top speed of 138.5 mph.
Adding to all these statistics is generous luggage space of up to 1,385 litres.
The New BMW X3
With extra agility, improved ride quality and increased interior space, the newly launched BMW X3 looks set to continue the success of its predecessor, over 600,000 of which were built and sold around the world. With the start of the new model year in spring 2011 the new X3, built at BMW's US plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, will acquire two more six-cylinder engines. The new BMW X3 xDrive30d is powered by a 258bhp six-cylinder diesel unit and, just like the four-cylinder BMW X3 xDrive20d, offers the best balance between performance and fuel consumption in its power class. Also new is the BMW X3 xDrive28i, whose 3.0-litre naturally aspirated engine with VALVETRONIC has the same power rating as the new diesel engine, at 258bhp. Equipped as standard with the BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system and featuring four state-of-the-art engines including a 306bhp unit in the BMW X3 xDrive35i, the BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle is again setting the standards in its class.
BMW M Sports Package For The BMW X3
From model year 2011, the new BMW X3 will also be available with the M Sports package, which was specially developed by BMW M GmbH to provide an even more intensive driving experience for the new Sports Activity Vehicle. The M Sports package comprises a range of high-end suspension, aerodynamics and exterior/interior components. These include the M Aerodynamics package, M alloy wheels and interior styling features geared to maximise driving enjoyment. All these features take the dynamic driving qualities of the new BMW X3 to new levels, while also lending them a distinctive visual dimension.
New Options and New BMW 5 Series xDrive Versions
Various other new model versions and equipment features will add to the diversity, cutting-edge feel and attractiveness of the BMW product range. New optional equipment features include steering wheel shift paddles in BMW 1 Series models, BMW Head-Up Display with full-colour capability in the BMW 5 Series, and the upgraded rear telephone with WiFi hotspot function for the BMW 7 Series. New model variants, meanwhile, include xDrive versions in the 5 Series featuring the intelligent BMW all-wheel-drive system.
BMW ConnectedDrive: New Interface For The integration of iPhone Apps
For the first time following the introduction of MINI Connected, the BMW Group is now also offering selected iPhone applications in a BMW for integrated use in the vehicle. This new capability - so far unmatched by any other carmaker - further enhances the already extensive BMW ConnectedDrive package of features and sees BMW once again underline its leading role in the field of in-car integration technology. Designed to improve the integration of the Apple iPhone in the vehicle, this option will be available from spring 2011 in conjunction with the launch of the new BMW 1 Series Coupe and new BMW 1 Series Convertible. This interface for the first time allows features such as Facebook, web radio and Twitter to be shown on the vehicle display and accessed using the iDrive Controller.Published 16 December 2010