The largest luxury automaker in the world has recently announced a series of novelties across the model range, all of them taking effect this spring.
First off we have the 4 Series, coming with an updated engine roster – the range-topping 440i will borrow the engine used by the 340i, showcased last year. This 3.0-liter 6-cylinder inline unit churns out 326 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of torque and can be mated to a standard six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed automatic. Optional goodies also include the xDrive all-wheel drive system. The quickest off the mark 4 Series will be the coupe variant in its 440i iteration that delivers the 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) run in five seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than its 430i predecessor. The flagship version, the M4 GTS is now equipped with M Carbon Compound wheels – which can be used both on the track and on the street – and according to the company these are the first CFRP/aluminum-composite construction in the world used by a series-produced vehicle.
The Munich-based automaker is delivering new 3 Series versions as well – the 325d Sedan and 325d Touring models, which use the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter diesel engine with the latest iteration of the MW TwinPower Turbo technology. As such they come with 224 hp, for a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 6.1 seconds and 6.3 seconds, for the sedan and estate, respectively.
The all new 7 Series will gain a new version, the 740Li xDrive, from March 2016. This iteration uses the 3.0-liter turbocharged gasoline with 326 hp and will propel the executive sedan to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.2 seconds, with an average fuel economy of 37.7 – 38.7 miles per gallon (7.3 – 7.5 liters per 100 km). With the same timeframe in mind the automaker is also delivering the Remote Control Parking system across the 7 Series lineup and allows for autonomous parking operations. Other novelties for the spring 2016 roster include the new xDrive all-wheel drive 2 Series GranTourer model, more equipment options for the X3 and X4 crossovers, the Open Air package for the 2 Series Convertible, 4 Series Convertible, and M4 Convertible, as well as a standard rear camera for the X6.