BMW has announced a series of updates for a number of models across several of its vehicle ranges.
Highlights include the new BMW 520d EfficientDynamics saloon, four-cylinder turbo engines for the BMW Z4, and BMW X1 xDrive20d EfficientDynamics – the most economical BMW X model to date.
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BMW 520d EfficientDynamics saloon
BMW has managed to reduce the CO2 output of the 520d EfficientDynamics saloon to just 119g/km.
This means a claimed fuel economy figure of 62.8mpg combined – yet the 2.0-litre turbodiesel powering the car still produces 181bhp and can reach 62mph in just 8.2 seconds. This is thanks to the full compliment of EfficientDynamics technologies, including start-stop, active aerodynamics, gearshift indicator and brake energy regeneration.
The 520d EfficientDynamics saloon also features low-rolling resistance tyres fitted on Streamline design alloy wheels, a longer final drive ratio to reduce engine revs at higher speeds, and a new Eco Pro driving mode that optimises the throttle response, gearshift patterns, throttle sensitivity and electrical power consumption.
It goes on sale this September, priced from £30,435.
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More new 5 Series models
Elsewhere in the 5 Series line-up, BMW is adding two new four-cylinder turbo petrol engines and a twin-turbo diesel – seeing the range expand to 11 derivatives in total.
The new 520i is powered by a 181bhp 2.0-litre turbo petrol capable of a claimed 44.1mpg and 149g/km CO2 emissions and 0-62mph in 8.0 seconds (all figures for the saloon with the optional automatic gearbox). The new 528i offers 241bhp, 0-62 in 6.3 seconds, 152g/km and 43.5mpg.
The new 2.0-litre 525d diesel, meanwhile, has two turbochargers and replaces the old single-turbo 3.0-litre single-turbo diesel. With 215bhp it’s faster – 0-62 in 7.0 seconds – yet also up to 20% more efficient than before; claiming 58.9mpg and 126g/km CO2 at best.
Further changes for the 5 Series include overhauled versions of the twin turbo 3.0 six-cylinder 530d and 535d turbodiesels, which both offer increased power and efficiency, and the introduction of the 550i Touring, powered by a 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 petrol with 401bhp.
Prices for the new models start at £31,190 for the 520i saloon – that’s £1,512 cheaper than the six cylinder engine it replaces – rising to £54,680 for the 550i Touring.
Additionally, 5 Series buyers now get Drive Performance Control as standard, with a choice of Comfort, Sport and Sport+ settings, while four- and six-cylinder models also include the new Eco Pro systems. New options include a sensor that allows you to open the boot with your foot, and an M Sport package for the 5 Series GT.
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New four-cylinder turbo engines for BMW Z4
The new 2.0-litre turbo petrol engines also make their way into BMW’s Z4 sports car.
Badged sDrive20i and sDrive28i they offer the exact same power outputs but increased performance. 0-62mph in 6.9 seconds and 5.6 seconds, respectively, combined with 159g/km CO2 emissions and 41.5mpg for both – 20% improvements over the engines they replace.
Six-speed gearbox, leather trim and automatic lights and wipers are standard, while all Z4s are now upgraded with Bluetooth and USB connections as standard. No pricing information as yet.
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BMW X1 xDrive20d EfficientDynamics
Getting back to green tech, BMW has dropped the engine from the 320d EfficientDynamics saloon into the X1 4×4.
The resulting X1 xDrive20d EfficientDynamics becomes the cleanest and most economical BMW X model ever. With 160bhp it emits just 119g/km while returning a claimed 62.8mpg – despite four-wheel drive and 0-62mph in 8.3 seconds.
The 2.0-litre turbodiesel benefits from numerous special modifications, not least the ‘centrifugal pendulum absorber’ dual-mass flywheel, which helps damp low engine speed vibrations. Together with additional insulating materials this makes it more comfortable to drive in higher gears at lower speeds.
On sale in September, the X1 xDrive20d EfficientDynamics is priced from £25,715.
BMW 3 Series Sport Plus Edition
3 Series Coupé and Convertible models are now available as Sport Plus Editions, based on the existing M Sport package.
These include 19-inch alloy wheels, revised rear bumper, Jet Black mirror casings and – on the Coupé alone – a bootlid lip spoiler previously only offered on the BMW M3. The interior gains black leather sports seats with piping and contrast stitching, matching floor mats and aluminium Edition sill finishers.
Satellite navigation, Bluetooth and USB, and three-year’s free access to BMW ConnectedDrive are also included. The premium is £1,000 over a regular M Sport, thus starting at £29,700 for the 318i Coupé.
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BMW has confirmed the availability of the 308bhp 640d turbodiesel in both Coupé and Convertible forms, and a new M Sport package for the 6 Series in general.
The BMW 7 Series gets some additional options, and BMW ConnectDrive is upgraded with Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), said to be quicker and more effective than the Traffic Message Channel (TMC) currently used. BMW Live now offers RSS news feeds, weather information, Google Local Search, and Google Panoramic and Street View.
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