New 7 Series, XM and more
A redesigned 7-series flagship sails with larger dimensions and gasoline or electric powertrains. In other major news from BMW, the iX electric SUV gains a 610-hp M60 variant, which has an EPA range of up to 288 miles and a base price of $109,895. The i4 adds an entry-level eDrive35 model with a single motor producing 281 horsepower and a smaller 66.0 kWh battery that can travel 260 miles. At $52,395, it’s $4,500 less than the eDrive40.
Changes to the 2 Series Coupe are limited to updated infotainment. However, a redesigned M2 is coming in the spring, with its chassis and drivetrain borrowing heavily from the M3/M4. Details are limited, but a twin-turbocharged inline-six with around 450 horsepower powers the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic or a six-speed manual.
The 3 Series lineup (330i, 330e and M340i) gets a slight refresh, with sharper exterior styling and BMW’s curved infotainment screen coming on all variants, including the widely carried over M3. Prices open at $43,295. The 4-Series focus updates on the top-of-the-line M4 Competition model, which adds a track-focused CSL variant with an additional 40 horsepower (now 543), a 240-pound weight reduction and a $140,895 price tag. $. Production is capped at 1000 worldwide.
The 8 Series, M8 Competition and 612bhp Alpina B8 get a modest refresh, including an illuminated grille and larger touchscreen. Carbon bucket seats are available in the 617 horsepower M8. Art collectors can empty their pockets in pursuit of one of 99 special-edition Jeff Koons-designed M850i Gran Coupes that went for $350,995.
The updated Z4 roadster has minor styling tweaks, but unfortunately it doesn’t follow its Toyota Supra platform mate in offering the option of a manual transmission.
BMW M is thinking big with the new XM SUV, which adopts the polarizing design of the concept of the same name. It will take on the Bentley Bentayga and Lamborghini Urus early next year with a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 plug-in hybrid powertrain producing 644 horsepower, or up to 735 hp in the upcoming Label Red version. Close in size to the three-row X7, the two-row XM will feature a roomy rear seat and a ride and handling balance geared more towards grand touring than track day. We tried a prototype, and despite weighing around 6,000 pounds, we found it more fun to drive than some of BMW’s smaller, sportier cars. And if there’s an M on the bumper, you can bet your sweet cockade that there will be a Competition version too.
The big X7 is also refreshed with an i7-inspired front end and the curved infotainment screen. The xDrive40i’s turbocharged inline-six increases 40 horsepower to 375, while the M50i model becomes the M60i, with its 523-hp 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 getting 48-volt hybrid assist. Prices start at $78,845 and go up to around $145,000 for the updated Alpina XB7, which has 630 ponies.
At the opposite end of the range, a redesigned X1 offers a roomier cabin. At launch, there’s just an xDrive28i, motivated by a Miller-cycle 2.0-liter inline-four good for 241 horsepower, a gain of 13. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox replaces the previous eight-speed automatic. Prices start at $39,595. A redesigned X2 with a sleeker hatchback shape should follow in about a year. But for now, only the 228-hp s- and xDrive28i models continue, as the 302-hp M35i variant is on hiatus.
The X3, X4, X5 and X6 SUVs, as well as the 5-Series sedan, see only minor changes.
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