BMW is making updates to the model range

It’s time again for BMW’s annual autumn update and that means that the brand is announcing a whole mountain of technical novelties that it will be rolling out to its model range in the coming months.

In April this year, Techzle already wrote about the arrival of new mild-hybrid powertrains to the 3-series. Now is the time for the 3-series customer to find out what to expect. The 3-series was already available with a series of four-cylinder diesels with mild-hybrid technology, but now also a six-in-line diesel. The current 265 hp and 580 Nm strong 3.0 six-in-line of the 330d and 330d xDrive will be replaced in both the 3-series Sedan and Touring by a 286 hp 3.0 six-in-line that delivers 650 Nm. The six-cylinder is equipped with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system, which, in addition to the temporary availability of 11 extra horsepower, should of course mainly yield a fuel consumption gain. The 330d Sedan sprints with the new machine to 100 km / h in 5.3 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the outgoing version.

The BMW 8 Series is also introduced to a new six-cylinder diesel with mild hybrid technology. The only diesel engine with which the 8 Series Coupé, Cabrio and Gran Coupé are available, the 320 hp and 680 Nm strong 3.0 six-in-line of the 840d xDrive, is replaced by a 340 hp and 700 Nm powerful 3.0 six- in-line that can also temporarily deliver 11 hp extra. The machine helps the 830d xDrive Coupé to a 0-100 sprint time of 4.8 seconds, 0.1 beats faster than before. Here too, the arrival of the 48v system should yield a consumption gain.

1 series

There is also news for the 1 series. For example, BMW is putting a brand new entry-level engine for the 1-series on the international delivery list. Currently, the 140 hp and 220 Nm strong 118i is the absolute basic version, but that gets the 116i under it. The 116i has a 109 hp and 190 Nm version of the same three-cylinder under the hood. Although that machine is basically linked to a manual six-speed gearbox, the 116i will also be available with a seven-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with double clutch. The huge gap that currently exists between the 140 hp 118i and the 305 hp M135i xDrive will soon be filled by, among other things, a brand new 120i. That 120i has a 178 hp and 280 Nm strong four-cylinder under the hood, a machine that is standard linked to the seven-speed automatic transmission with double clutch. The 120i is able to sprint from a standstill to a speed of 100 km / h in 7 seconds. At a later stage, BMW will add the 128Ti to the range of 1 Series, an already announced 265 hp version that will close the remaining gap between the new 120i and the M135i xDrive.

Urban Cruise Control

Those who order their 3-series, 5-series, 6-series GT, 8-Series, X5, X6 or X7 from November with the optional Driving Assistent Professional system will have the new Urban Cruise Control. This extends the Active Cruise Control with a stop & go function that, in addition to other cars and traffic signs, also recognizes and reacts to traffic lights.


There is lesser news with regard to other BMW models. No motor news for the X1 and X2. However, the two SUVs will soon be available with adaptive LED headlights. In addition, the two high-legged ones are now optionally available with darker headlights, Shadow Line copies. BMW is also introducing a new San Remo Green paint scheme for the 4-series coupé. The X5, X6 and X7 will soon be available in the new colors Dravit Gray and Sparkling Brown. These three larger X models are also available in new Individual colors from November. The i3 and i3S will also be available in new colors, including Cashmere Silver, Galvanic Gold and Fluid Black.

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