At their home motor show in Frankfurt, BMW brought forth its entire current repertoire including world premieres of the X6, the Concept 4 and BMW i Hydrogen NEXT. On top of that, there are special editions from BMW I, the BMW Vision M NEXT and a host of current and new models such as the 3rd-generation 1 Series, BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe, BMW M8 Coupe, BMW M8 Convertible, BMW 3 Series Touring, BMW X1, BMW i3s special, BMW i8 Coupe/Roadster and the BMW X5 Protection VR6 Security Vehicle.
In addition, the introduction of the very latest battery cell technology in the plug-in hybrid versions of the BMW 2 Series, BMW 3 Series, BMW 5 Series, BMW 7 Series, BMW X5, MINI Countryman and BMW i cars.
The BMW Concept 4 and i Hydrogen NEXT
With its athletic body, slung low with sporting intent, a silhouette exuding elegance and dynamism in equal measure and ultra-pure surfaces, the concept car radiates the magic of BMW coupes, laced with an extra layer of excitement.
Commanding the attention at the heart of the front-end design is a vertically oriented BMW kidney grille high on class and confidence. The high-standing grille gives the BMW Concept 4 its expressive face, a distinctive structure and decorative elements providing elaborate details. It fits seamlessly into both the front-end proportions of the Concept 4 and the heritage of BMW as a whole.
The side view of the BMW Concept 4 is defined by its stretched bonnet, long wheelbase, flowing roofline and short overhangs. A slim glasshouse and powerfully sculpted rear wheel arches ensure sporting looks take a front seat. From the rear, there’s the Forbidden Red hue to go with 21-inch light-alloy wheels and the two-section exterior mirrors.
The BMW i Hydrogen NEXT is a development vehicle that looks ahead to a small series of next-generation fuel cell vehicles based on the new BMW X5. This concept is a work-in-progress planned for 2022 release.
BMW X6 and X6 Vantablack
The third generation BMW X6 takes up boldly sculpted surfaces and proportions that have been stretched to even more dynamic effect. The SAV’s exterior gets an athletic, commanding and imposing appearance. At the same time, the optional BMW Laserlight adds an eye-catching flourish to the front end’s design, as does the illuminated BMW kidney grille (optional).
The interior of the new BMW X6 creates an exclusive ambience while also radiating sporting flair. Standard specification includes the BMW Live Cockpit Professional featuring a fully digital instrument cluster and a Control Display that each have a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches. One of the operating concept’s key elements is the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, which can be controlled using naturally formulated spoken instructions. On the optional equipment side, highlights include thermoelectric cup holders, glass applications for selected controls, Panorama glass roof Sky Lounge, the Ambient Air package for fragrancing the interior and Bowers & Wilkins Diamond+ 3D Surround Sound System. The new BMW X6 is set November roll-out with a choice of four engines. Heading the line-up are two M models boasting extremely powerful V8 petrol and straight-six diesel units.
For the X6 Vantablack, read out previous feature here
BMW 1 Series, 8 Series Gran Coupe, M8 Coupe and M8 Convertible
The new 1 Series employs BMW’s sophisticated front-wheel-drive platform for the first time. There’s BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive in the 306 hp range-topping BMW M135i xDrive and the BMW 120d xDrive with an output of 190 hp. The BMW M135i xDrive is additionally equipped with a limited-slip differential at the front axle, while Adaptive suspension is available as an option for all model variants. There are other new features too, such as the state-of-the-art display and operating concept, the BMW Head-Up Display being offered in this model for the first time, plus the extended range of driver assistance systems and digital services from BMW Connected and ConnectedDrive, including the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.
Already premiered in Malaysia, the 8 Series Gran Coupe needs no further introduction. The two other related variants found at the IAA are the M8 Coupe and M8 Convertible. Both are designed with the specific demands of track use in mind, the bespoke chassis technology includes a newly developed braking system offering a choice of two different brake pedal settings. In addition, M xDrive and braking system are individually configured to suit personal preferences and current driving situation. The M Mode button on the center console that is also making its debut can be used to alter both the functionality of the driver assistance systems and the information shown in the instrument cluster and Head-Up Display.
BMW 3 Series Touring
BMW 3 Series Touring is equipped with the latest generation of engines and new chassis technology. The sixth generation of the Touring model once again sets the benchmark for agility and driving dynamics in the premium midsize class. Heading the model range is the new BMW M340i xDrive Touring with its 374 hp six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, alongside a plug-in hybrid version that will come out by mid-2020.
A host of intelligent details give an added boost to the Touring model’s state-of-the-art functionality, including the anti-slip rails for the boot floor, separately-opening rear window, a larger boot, a more premium interior with personal assistant and digital services.
The new X1 has a larger kidney grille, new LED headlights and rear lights, a refined cabin with better operating system and 10.25-inch Control Display, a multitude of cutting-edge driver assistance systems and digital services.
The new BMW X1 comes with a choice of latest-generation petrol and diesel engines with three or four cylinders producing outputs ranging from 140 – 231 hp. There are three gearbox options: a six-speed manual gearbox, a seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission and an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. It is combined with either front-wheel drive or BMW xDrive all-wheel drive. A plug-in hybrid variant will also be added to the line-up by mid-2020.
BMW i3s Edition RoadStyle and BMW i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition
The BMW i3s plug-in hybrid is also available in Malaysia. The one premiering at Frankfurt is a RoadStyle edition, which comes with a Fluid Black exterior paint finish in the exclusive color E-Copper shade, 20-inch twin-spoke BMW i light-alloy wheels in Jet Black, sun protection glass, natural leather appointments in Stellaric/Dalbergia Brown and an instrument panel in Dark Oak matt fine wood.
The i3s puts up 184 hp on full electric mode and is set for November 2019 market launch, in a limited run of 1,000 units.
The new i8 Coupe/Roadster at Frankfurt comes in Ultimate Sophisto Edition, with only 200 units available for worldwide distribution. The Sophisto Grey hue is paired to E-Copper accents for the first time. Other new stuff include 20-inch BMW i light-alloy wheels in two-tone Black/E-Copper finish, clear-glass rear lights and Accaro interior design in Black/E-Copper dovetails.
BMW Vision M NEXT
The BMW Vision M NEXT represents a prototype, all-electric version of the driving experience of tomorrow. The Vision Vehicle takes the form of a progressive plug-in hybrid sports car with an emotion-stirring design and cleanly arranged interior that places the focus squarely on the active driver. Its Power PHEV drive system opens up a new dimension in sporty driving, offering a choice between electric all-wheel drive and pure rear-wheel drive, with either all-electric propulsion or the power of a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. It generates a system output of 600 hp and enables the car to sprint to 100 km/h from rest in just three seconds. At its initial stage, this concept has a range of up to 100 kilometers on all-electric mode.
With its unmistakable sports-car proportions, low-slung, wedge-shaped silhouette, gullwing doors and clear, pared-back styling, the BMW Vision M NEXT succeeds in blending classic design cues for dynamic performance with sustainable driving pleasure.
Inside the cabin, innovative technology is used to focus the driver’s attention on what is happening on the road ahead. The “focus logic” takes BMW’s famed driver focus to the next level by adapting the information displays to the changing driving situation. As the vehicle speeds up, the readouts shift increasingly into the driver’s direct field of view and center more and more on driving-related information.
BMW X5 Protection VR6
The BMW X5 Protection is the fourth generation of the Security Vehicle that offers protection against violent attacks using various types of firearms, blunt objects or explosive devices. For this purpose, the X5 Protection VR6 is equipped with model-specific armoring and security glazing that was already taken into account during development of the production vehicle.