As is the case with any other spring, it is a time for renewal at BMW, with the automaker announcing the introduction of a range of enhancements throughout the range.
Certain models across the lineup are getting things like enhancements, new engines, as well as various options – but the most newsworthy novelty is the addition to the engine range of the 5 Series as a sedan and wagon of new options. The 520i will become the base model as of July, packing a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with 184 horsepower (135 kilowatts) and an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. Diesel aficionados are getting two new options for the 5 Series – 2.0-liter with 231 hp (170 kW) and 369 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque, and a more elegant 3.0-liter six cylinder with 320 hp (235 kW) in the 540d xDrive guise. The line also gets xDrive as an option for two more models – the 520d and 530i and the entire lineup has new options both in and out.
BMW has also decided to treat the 2 Series Gran Tourer and the X1 to an upgraded entry-level three-cylinder engine now with four more ponies for a grand total of 140 hp (103 kW) – the seven-seat minivan only gets a six-speed manual gearbox, while the SUV also packs a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic if anyone pays extra. The X1 also comes with an enhanced 2.0-liter gas engine, delivering 192 hp (141 kW) to the front wheels. In summer – when most of the novelties will become available across the range – a 7 Series customers will also notice a multifunction instrument display as standard, along with rear view camera, Driving Assistant, and Parking Assistant for all versions. The 1 Series, 2 Series, 3 Series, X1, X5, X6, as well as the M2, M3, X5 M, and X6 M will all get an updated iDrive Control Display complete with touchscreen functions.