At the Auto Shanghai (starting 21 April), BMW is breaking out the new 5 Series Long Wheelbase for its world premiere. Joining the 5 Series long wheelbase is the special-edition BMW i8 plug-in hybrid, BMW Concept X2, making its Asian debut, and the revised BMW 4 Series models. The company is also showcasing new services from BMW Connected, created specifically for the Chinese market.
MINI and BMW Motorrad highlights for Auto Shanghai include the John Cooper Works Countryman, the revised BMW S 1000 RR and BMW S 1000 XR.
Taking center stage at the BMW brand’s stand at Auto Shanghai 2017 is the premiere of the new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase. The new model is being built by BMW Brilliance Automotive Ltd. exclusively for the Chinese market. Its 133-millimeter-longer wheelbase imbues the business sedan’s exterior with elegantly stretched proportions which blend harmoniously into its contemporary looks. State-of-the-art powertrain and chassis technology underpin an exceptional balance between BMW’s hallmark dynamic driving ability and supreme ride comfort. The new BMW 5 Series Long Wheelbase is up to 130 kilograms lighter than its predecessor and boasts enhanced aerodynamics.
Generous kneeroom, optimized soundproofing and a host of innovative equipment features; such as the electrically adjustable comfort seats, Ambient Air package and Sky Lounge Panorama glass roof; elevate on-board comfort in the rear to an even higher level. As well as the iDrive system and a further improved voice control system, the display and control concept also encompasses a touchscreen monitor and BMW gesture control.
The BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition
BMW is also building on its successful track record in sustainable mobility, where BMW i has played a significant role. The BMW eDrive drive system technology originally developed for the all-electric BMW i3 and BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car can now be experienced in six BMW model ranges and one MINI.
The BMW i8, for example, has developed into the world’s highest-selling plug-in hybrid sports car. And its appeal is given fresh lustre at Auto Shanghai 2017 with the presentation for the first time of the BMW i8 Protonic Frozen Yellow Edition. This latest special edition stands out with its exclusive Protonic Frozen Yellow paint finish, newly designed 20-inch light-alloy wheels and distinctive interior design cues.
The BMW Concept X2
The BMW Concept X2 is celebrating its Asian premiere in Shanghai. The new vehicle concept for the premium compact segment combines the robust and functionally accomplished character of a BMW X model with the low-slung proportions of a coupe.
Among the signature X elements are muscular surfaces, large, almost squared-off wheel arches and stylistic underfloor protection. The long wheelbase, short overhangs, flowing roofline and slim side window graphic lend the silhouette of the BMW Concept X2 a svelte and dynamic appearance.
The new BMW 4 Series model range
The new BMW 4 Series models will be introduced to the public in Asia for the first time with detailed revisions to their design and optimized chassis technology. LED headlights and LED rear lights now come as standard for the BMW 4 Series Coupe, BMW 4 Series Convertible and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe, as does a refined premium ambience in the interior. If the optional Navigation system Professional is specified, the iDrive operating system also features a new tile-style menu layout with constantly updated content. And the Multifunctional Instrument Display can now also be ordered as an option.