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New 2019 BMW X1 Now Available In Plug-In Hybrid Version

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BMW just released the 2019 BMW X1. The sport utility vehicle comes with a fresh look, some upgraded tech, and plug-in hybrid powertrain for the very first time. This entry-level SUV has been “buffed and polished,” the German automaker said.

Outside, there’s a larger kidney grille, which is typical of BMW cars. There’s a new bumper, redesigned headlights, and two-tone LED puddle lights made specifically for the door mirrors. These lights project an “X1” image on the ground below. Pretty snazzy, right?

There are also three new exterior colors to choose from and four new wheel designs are awaiting those who can get their hands on the BMW X1.

Inside, fans will be treated to some new trims that include options for three new upholstery. That takes the number of color and material combinations to 13. If you can get your hands on the Flagship M Sport model, you’ll also get the “Micro Hexagon” fabric with the special M piping.

There’s also an upgraded tech. BMW’s latest ConnectedDrive technology is now available in the X1. This feature gives convenience to drivers in terms of providing real-time traffic information, as well as a Concierge Service that allows you to book and pay for things while you drive. Other features include the Apple CarPlay and a full-color heads-up display.

Rumor has it that the entry-level car will have an 8.8-inch infotainment screen as standard and a 10.25-inch Touch Control Display as an option.

The X1’s best feature is the availability of a plug-in hybrid X1 xDrive 25e powertrain. It can power the X1 on electricity alone, thanks to its range of 31 miles. It has a low carbon dioxide emission rating of 43g/km. BMW X1’s other engines—from the basic 18i petrol to the powerful 20d diesel—have been updated to meet EU6d-temp emissions standards.

BMW 1 Series Is Now More Practical Due To Customer Feedback

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BMW has finally heeded their customers’ feedback on the 1 Series. They wanted a more practical entry-level car and they got it with the re-engineered 2019 BMW 1 Series that can now compete with the Volkswagen Golf. On sale now for £24,430 ($31,074.96), this year’s 1 Series has undergone a complete overhaul to look exactly like the compact car of your dreams.

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The hatchback is larger and uses a front-wheel-drive configuration for the first time since it was launched in 2004. With the 1 Series hatch getting more practical, BMW decided that its three-door 2 Series coupe will also be transformed into a five-door Gran Coupe.

The front-wheel setup is the same architecture that the MINI uses for its range of ultra-cute compact cars. This change will come with another upgrade on the platform. Jochen Schmalholz, BMW’s 1 Series product manager, told Auto Express that the upgraded platform will highlight the salability of the 1 Series—a sporty design and strong driving dynamics.

The car is more compact, although it is larger than its predecessor. The 1 Series now stands with a height of 1,434mm (+13mm), 4,319mm long (-5mm), and 1,799mm wide (+34mm). The wheelbase is also longer at 2,670mm. That’s 20mm more than the previous generation.

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This allows the driver and the passengers to be more comfortable inside. There’s an extra 33mm of leg space and 19mm of headroom. While it may not sound much, that’s the same space you’ll find inside the Golf.

Drivers and passengers would love to know that the cabin has been upgraded, too, to the latest system and tech that was usually found inside the larger 3 Series. Even entry-level cars are getting 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster but a 9.2-inch head-up display and upgraded 10.25-inch infotainment screen can be options, too.

The 1 Series is currently on sale and we’ll start to see them on the roads by September.

Are You Ready For The New BMW M8 This September?

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The all-new BMW M8 Performance coupe, with its 600+ horsepower and twin-turbocharged V8 engine, is scheduled to make its grand debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Are you ready for it?

The new M8 Performance coupe is at the tail end of its development program. It has been testing its power output at the Estoril circuit in Portugal and BMW has even made available a list of performance enhancements that it plans to fit into the new M8.

BMW plans to launch its flagship M car, which looks to be the most powerful road car the German automaker has ever produced, together with the latest M3 sports saloon and the new M135i hot hatchback.

The new M8 is powered by the same 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine as the BMW M5. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, as well as the company’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which will reportedly be rear-biased (similar to the M5). There will be two power outputs available—the base model can generate 600 horsepower while the Competition variant will make 625 horses.

The M8 coupe will be joined later on by a convertible and a four-door Gran Coupe. These were all hinted upon us by the M6 Gran Coupe concept back at the 2018 Geneva auto show.

Aside from the power output, the M8 will also get a reduced curb weight, a wider track, a lower center of gravity, increased body and chassis rigidity, and revised steering and suspension setup.

There’s still no word on how fast the new M8 will get to 62 mph from a standstill, as well as the car’s top speed. However, BMW did say that the car’s combined fuel economy rating will be in the 26 mpg region. CO2 emissions are expected to be somewhere between 243 and 246 g/km.

The BMW i4 EV Interior Is Just Your Average Joe

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The new BMW i4 EV has been spotted testing a couple of times before and its prototype gave us a good glimpse of how it will look like outside. These recent photos are going to give us more to talk about though. For the first time since we were first teased of its coming, the BMW i4’s interior came front and center.

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And does it really surprise us that it looks like an average BMW? In fact, it is so normal that there was nothing that stood out to us in the new spy shots. Since the BMW i4 looks like a regular BMW from outside, the fact that its cabin hasn’t been upgraded to a funky little number should not come as a shock.

We’re just a little curious why BMW did not follow the same path as the i3. Though the BMW i3 is a bit dated at this point, its interior is still funky cool and modern. But with the i4, even if it comes from its i division, the German automaker seems to want to return to being just a normal luxury car.

While most of the interior is still covered with camouflage, we now have a clear view of the infotainment screen, the climate control, and the gear shift. These major components of the car’s cabin are enough for us to judge that the i4’s interior is anything other than ordinary.

The direction that BMW took with the i4’s interior is in stark contrast to what the Tesla Model 3 is working on. Tesla is reportedly thinking of reinventing the typical car interior though we don’t have any proof that the EV maker is set on that path. Once both cars are on sale, we’ll see if BMW was right about keeping its EV’s cabin simple and practical.

There’s still a long way to go before we see the final production version of the BMW i4. The car is slated to enter production in 2021 and BMW has high expectations for it, promising a 372-mile range as the minimum. The car is said to be able to hit 62 mph from a standstill in under four seconds.

2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible To Drop The Hardtop

If there’s one thing we noticed about the recent spy shots of the 2021 BMW 4 Series Convertible being tested, it’s the ditching of the hardtop. As BMW sets to launch an all-new 4 Series sometime this year or next year, the German automaker also revealed that the new model is going to sport a traditional soft top option, which was last used on the E46 model discontinued in 2016.

BMW said that the G23 coupe version will not feature any dramatic changes but the G22 droptop obviously will. Though the spy shots were covered with heavy camouflage, that didn’t stop us from noticing the canvas top used, as well as the longer hood and rear decklid.

Exterior

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The spy shots showed that the proportions might be different from the current model but it’s still too early to tell whether BMW will stick to this size for its 4 Series. The front and rear fascias are obviously going to be more aggressive compared to what the 3 Series has. The front grille will also be inspired by the 2020 BMW Z4.

Interior

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The good thing about seeing these spy shots (aside from the reveal of the soft top option) is the fact that we were finally able to glimpse the car’s interior. It looks like the BMW engineers completely lazed out from designing a new and separate cabin for the 4 Series because it looks exactly what the current 3 Series has. We can expect a very similar layout to the X3 and X4 models. The 3-Series and the 4-Series will most probably sport the same center console buttons and controls, the dials, infotainment, and the steering wheel.

Drivetrain

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The 4-Series convertible, coupe, and four-door sedan will have gasoline, diesel, and electrified powertrains. This is the same lineup we can expect to see from the 3-Series, which also uses the same CLAR architecture. It is possible the 4-Series will ditch the base engine, though a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine cannot be excluded.

BMW iNext and i4 Boast a 373-Mile Electric Range

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The BMW iNext and i4 are due to arrive in 2021. However, based on spy shots and updates of BMW, the electric vehicles are nearly ready and are already undergoing winter testing. It was revealed that each car will get at least 600 km or 373 miles driving range on full charge.

The figures of BMW came from the Europeran WLTP test cycle. We are yet to get the official EPA ratings of the iNext and i4 which are bound for the US market though.

According to reports, the EVs were recently spotted while being tested near the Arctic Circle. The tests aim to evaluate how the batteries, motors and other components will react to extreme cold weather conditions.

The iNext is a crossover that will have a Level 3 autonomous driving capability. It is poised to become the German luxury car maker’s “technology flagship.” The unit is based on the Vision iNext concept vehicle introduced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2018. The plant tasked with the assembly of the product is located in Dingolfing, Germany. The production is slated to begin in 2021.

Meanwhile, the i4 is a four-door car that will be positioned in the “premium midrange segment” of the company. The highlights of the auto include a 0-62 mph sprint in under 4 seconds while offering a luxurious ride. The vehicle will be produced in Munich in 2021.

The iNext and i4 were seen together with the iX3. The iX3 EV will be assembled in China and is expected to be launched in 2020.

The new models are parts of BMW’s electrification efforts going to 2025. The company aims to offer at least 12 electric models in its dealerships by that period.

2020 BMW 7-Series Starts At $87,445

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Are you a fan of the massive grille on the new 2020 BMW 7-Series? If you are and want to get your hands on it, better be ready to shell out $87,445. And that’s just for the base model. The revamped full-size luxury sedan will again compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class which outsold the 7-Series 14,978 to 8,271 units last year.

The 740i is the base model that’s priced at $87,445. The power comes from a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 that makes 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque through a rear-wheel-drive configuration. The 740i xDrive model will have an all-wheel-drive but that will cost $90,445. The interior materials come standard with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch screen that sits atop the center stack to serve as the infotainment system’s hub.

Leather is standard for the seats but you can choose Nappa leather for an extra $1,500. Do you want the leather quilted? Then add another $500. Other upholstery motifs can set you back up by $5,500.

Moving up the ladder is the 745e xDrive Performance model. Priced at $96,545, this trim level adds an electric motor to the inline-6 engine to create a plug-in hybrid system. Power is up to 389 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. Standard equipment is identical to the 740i.

Next up is the 750i xDrive that starts at $103,645. Powered by BMW’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8, this produces 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. There are more options for this trim level that are not available for the 740i and the 745e xDrive. The Rear Executive Lounge Seating Package includes an electric reclining right side rear seat and footrest, as well as a rear center console and rear seat entertainment system. That will cost $5,750.

The top-of-the-line model is the 760i that comes with a $158,695 price tag. It packs a 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12 that produces 600 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of torque. There are numerous options for this model such as the $4,100 Autobahn Package, the $750 Cold Weather Package, the $3,900 Luxury Rear Seating Package, and an M Sport Package for performance materials.

The new 2020 BMW 7-Series will begin its production in March this year with the first cars arriving in dealerships by April.

2021 BMW i4 EV Electric Car Shows Influence From Vision Dynamics Concept

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Spy photos of the 2021 BMW i4 electric car showed that it did follow last year’s i Vision Dynamics concept as can be seen from its four-door coupe silhouette, angular c-pillar, a decklid with a slight ducktail spoiler lip, and a front end with a sloping roof.

The i4 was confirmed by BMW chairman Harald Krüger at the Paris Auto Show in October last year. Dubbed as the i4, this will be the group’s fifth fully electric “core” model. This is also the fourth EV that BMW produced between now and 2021.

According to the i Vision Dynamics concept, the i4 will have an electric range of 373 miles, a top speed of 125 mph, and a 0-to-62 mph time of 4.0 seconds. But unlike the current i3 and i8, the i4 won’t be made with a carbon-fiber structure.

The spy shots, which showed the i4 in camouflage while riding on the back of a car carrier, hinted of small kidney grilles out front though it is also possible the production model will carry the concept’s burly and massive conjoined kidney grilles. It’s hard to see anything else with all that camouflage but the headlights and the taillights are not production units yet. Similar to the 4-Series Gran Coupe, the i4 might be a liftback with a large hatchback opening perfect for outdoor adventure.

The BMW Group is expected to release three other new EVs over the next three years. This year, it will be the Mini Electric, which was previewed as a concept last year. The production car will sit close to the concept and will share the powertrain of the refreshed i3, which has a range of 153 miles.

Up next is the iX3 in 2020, which was also previewed as a concept. This is the electronic version of the X3 crossover. It carries a 70.0-kWh battery pack with a range of 249 miles on the European cycle.

Finally, the iNext should arrive in 2021. Previewed through the Vision iNext concept, this will be BMW’s tech flagship and will have a range of 373 miles, reaching 60 mph in less than four seconds.

BMW’s Position On Manual Transmission: To Offer It On New M3 And M4

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BMW finally clarified its position on the manual transmission and said that the coming M3 and M4 will come with the row-your-own gearbox. This position was made clear by the German automaker at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show.

Klaus Fröhlich, the candid BMW board member and head of development, said that in the M4, at least, the manual transmission will still be available for the next decade. “I think M4 should be the fortress of manual. So the last manual transmission which will die, it should die in an M4, as late as possible. That’s my view.”

His statement officially shuts down the notion that BMW planned on killing the manual transmission. That news was first heard in 2017.

However, like former M boss Frank van Meel, Fröhlich warned that the day will come when the manual transmission will be extinct. He said that the transmission creates major headaches for auto engineers who must update the gearboxes to be able to handle massive amounts of torque. In fact, there is no transmission partner who likes to develop a new manual gearbox and it’s unprofitable to continue serving a small number of customers.

The latest problem with the manual transmission was manifested in the Ford 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500, which only came, at best, with a dual-clutch transmission.

What Fröhlich wants now is to prolong the life of the current manual transmission setup, which will be available in both the M3 and M4 that will be built sometime in 2027 or 2028. After that, it is unclear what BMW and the M division plan to do, but we should expect the last manual transmission to “die” with the M4.

Meanwhile, the BMW boss also revealed that the M3 and M4 will come with an all-wheel-drive setup, though it won’t be standard. It will be a “variant” for the next sports car.

What Makes The 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible Stand Out?

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The new BMW 8 Series Convertible is coming with a lot of standard features. Although the Convertible looks identical to the Coupe, the dimensions are a little different and it comes with a soft top that can be opened or closed in just 15 seconds and at speeds of up to 31 mph.

At first glance, the 8 Series Convertible looks like a coupe with a soft-top roof. The convertible, however, will be shorter than the coupe and the height will be 7mm lower, too, unless you want that unlimited headroom by dropping down the roof.

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The coup de grace of the 8 Series Convertible is the electric soft top that can open or close in just 15 seconds. When closed, the car is designed to have a slight taut to maintain that coupe-like appearance. While this is great, that soft-top roof will eliminate the boot space. The Convertible only has 350 liters of usable cargo room, which is 70 liters less than the 8 Series Coupe. The top will come standard in black but buyers can choose an Anthracite Silver finish for an additional price.

The soft droptop is not the only thing that separates the BMW 8 Series Convertible from the rest. BMW also included a wind deflector as standard equipment. This will help reduce wind turbulence but if you don’t need it, you can remove, fold, and stow it away.

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The front seats can be electronically adjusted and they come with neck warmers. If you want this same setting on the seats and steering wheel, you have to mark these off on the options page and pay a little extra. The Convertible also comes with a new rollover-protection system that has two aluminum bars inside the front seat headrests. Should there be an accident, the bars will automatically shoot up and help protect occupants from being crushed.

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