BMW has announced changes to its 1 Series, 6 Series and 7 Series ranges, bringing greater value and improved environmental performance.
Leading the charge, the is now available in two new versions, the 118d and the 120i.
The 118d is powered by a highly efficient 2.0-litre turbodiesel, turning it into the greenest diesel coupé currently on sale. CO2 emissions are 119g/km – so it will cost just £35 a year in road tax – while the claimed average fuel economy is 62.8mpg. A power output of 141bhp means the 118d still manages 0-62mph in 9.0 seconds, with a top speed of 130mph.
The 120i is powered by a 168bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine. The 0-62mph dash takes 7.8 seconds and top speed is 139mph, yet it still returns 42.8mpg (claimed) and emits 153g/km of CO2.
Prices start at £20,500 for the 118d, and £21,115 for the 120i. It’s on sale from 1 September.
New Sport trim for 1 Series Coupé and Convertible
At the same time, BMW is also introducing a new Sport specification for the 1 Series Coupé and Convertible. This is only available on four-cylinder models – including the new 118d and 120i – and features 17-inch alloys, front foglights, heated mirrors and washer jets, Sport seats and Sport multifunction steering wheel.
The Sport spec costs the same as the existing entry-level ES, yet adds £1,075 in customer value.
6 Series gets standard sat nav
Meanwhile, a shake-up for the BMW 6 Series range means the Coupé and Convertible now come in SE, Sport or M specification, and get satellite navigation as standard.
Other upgrades include BMW ConnectedDrive Online and Assist functions, Bluetooth, voice control and a USB audio interface. Plus there’s a servicing package free of charge (excluding M models), which lasts for five years or 60,000 miles.
Prices start at £53,710 for the Coupé and £59,400 for the Convertible. Both are on sale in September.
Extra engine, added efficiency for 7 Series
Finally, BMW’s flagship model, the 7 Series, also sees September changes.
Chief among these is the introduction of BMW’s 301bhp twin-turbo 3.0-litre diesel in a new 740d model. This hits 62mph in 6.3 seconds and is electronically limited to 155mph, while officially averaging 40.9mpg and emitting 181g/km of CO2. It comes in standard wheelbase (as opposed to long wheelbase) only, and is priced from £60,265.
Meanwhile, the 730d and 730Ld (long wheelbase) models get engine tweaks for improved efficiency. The 730d drops from 192g/km CO2 to 178g/km, the 730Ld from 194g/km to 180g/km – so both versions fall an entire tax band – and fuel economy officially improves to 41.5mpg and 40.9mpg respectively.
Prices start at £53,695 for the 730d, and £56,755 for the 730Ld.
7 Series goes M Sport
Last but not least, the 7 Series also gains a new M Sport specification for the first time in its 32-year history. This adds sporty body styling, large alloy wheels, Sport seats, M Sport detailing, and Dynamic Drive stability control – among other items.
How many people will want a sporty luxury saloon of this kind we’re not sure, but prices start at £58,750, and now top out at £96,590.
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