BMW is upgrading its product range for the 2017 model year with more efficient, stronger-performing new four- and six-cylinder engines for the BMW 1 and 2 Series, the introduction of a BMW iPerformance range of Plug-in-Hybrid models and improved connectivity systems for several model series.
The pinnacle of the 2017 BMW 1 Series three-and five-door hatch ranges and the BMW 2 series Coupé and Convertible line-ups are the M Performance models. They are powered by a new 3.0-liter straight-six engine also employing TwinPower Turbo technology to develop a power increase of 14hp and torque increase of 50Nm delivering a maximum of 340hp and 500Nm of torque, ensuring instantaneous acceleration across almost the entire rev range. Either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed Sport Automatic gearbox is paired to the engine.
Acceleration in the BMW M140i is achieved 0.3 seconds quicker than the previous model, the M135i and now has a zero to 100 km/h time of 4.6 seconds (automatic). The BMW M240i Coupé performs the same sprint in the same time with a reduction of 0.2 seconds from the previous M235i Coupé. The M240i Convertible goes from rest to 100 km/h in just 4.7 seconds yet at the same time there is a reduction of up to seven per cent in fuel consumption.
BMW 1 Series hatch and BMW 2 Series (Coupe and Convertible) now benefit from a new Baukasten 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The 2.0-liter engine employs BMW TwinPower Turbo, direct fuel injection and VALVETRONIC and Double VANOS valve control. They are available in 20i, 25i and 30i guises, delivering between 6hp and 7hp more than the units they supersede at 184hp, 224hp and 252hp respectively. The introduction of Baukasten engines sees the 20i upgraded to twin exhaust tailpipes. Acceleration times with the new engines are trimmed and fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions also fall in many model. An eight-speed Sport Automatic transmission becomes standard for the 125i, while on the BMW 2 Series Coupé and Convertible a 230i takes the place of the former 228i.
At the Geneva Motor Show in March, BMW announced a new iPerformance range of electrified fuel-saving, emissions-reducing models. They will take technologies developed for BMW i and introduce them into mainstream models. The three existing plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models BMW 225xe Active Tourer, BMW 330e saloon and BMW X5 xDrive40e are now joined by the BMW 740e and 740Le xDrive.
Externally, iPerformance cars are identifiable only by eDrive badges on the C-pillars, the charging point flap on the nearside front wing and, in some cases, i badges on the front wings. Customers can, however, specify iPerformance exterior styling at no additional cost. This consists of blue slats on the kidney grille and blue wheel hubs. Internally, iPerformance models have eDrive menus in the black panel display and, in most cases, eDrive designation on the door sills.
All iPerformance models benefit from the advanced electronic motors, high-performance lithium-ion batteries and intelligent energy management systems developed by BMW for the all-electric i3 and plug-in hybrid i8.
In the BMW 740e and BMW 740Le xDrive the combination of a bi-turbo 2.0-liter petrol engine and a synchronized electric motor produces a combined 326hp, with spontaneous delivery and exemplary efficiency.
Apart from the new models, BMW has introduced the latest iDrive interface and enhanced connectivity services. In addition, there’s the new enhanced Bluetooth alongside the upgraded BMW Professional Navigation system with Wireless Charging, WiFi Hotspot and an additional USB socket. The enhanced Bluetooth is offered as standard on all BMW 6 Series and 7 Series models as well as the M3, M4, X5M and X6M.
New upholsteries are also included for 2017 BMW models, such as the Black Dakota leather upholstery with blue contrast stitching; an option on all BMW 3 and 4 Series M Sport models, and Venetian Beige Dakota leather upholstery contrasting with the black interior carpets for the BMW 3 and 4 Series. Other highlights consist of the 10.2-inch tilting monitors with optional DVD rear seat entertainment system (BMW X5 and X6), standard BMW Individual leather steering on all BMW 3 and 4 Series Luxury models, and the Exclusive trim level, Executive Lounge seating and Executive Lounge package, reserved for the 7 Series
The M Sport version of the BMW 225xe Active Tourer hybrid has revised color options. M Sport Plus package is now available on various models including the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo, the X5 and the BMW X6. This package includes the Harman/kardon Loudspeaker system and sun protection glass across all three models, 20-inch light alloy M Double-spoke style 303M on the BMW 5 Series Gran Turismo and 20-inch light alloy M Double-spoke style 469M on the BMW X5 and BMW X6. The pack also includes Head-up Display and a Speed-limit display for both the BMW X5 and BMW X6.