BMW's releases for 2015

By JAY WONG | 15 January 2015

MUNICH: BMW Group is hard at work with a number of happenings planned throughout 2015, which includes new model launches as well as more engine and equipment options being made available, starting from March onwards.

The Munich-based company’s intention is to equip more of its model ranges with its BMW TwinPower Technology across the BMW 2, 3 and 4 Series range to help further improve their efficiency.

BMW 5 Series Edition Sport - 01
In March, the German sports-executive carmaker intends to launch the BMW 5 Series Edition Sport, which will feature the latest 189bhp four-cylinder diesel engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard and the xDrive all-wheel drive system for the BMW 520d xDrive Sedan and the BMW 520d xDrive Touring.

The Edition Sport will be made available for all model variants - except for M Performance vehicles, the M550d xDrive Sedan and the M550d xDrive Touring.

BMW 5 Series Touring Edition Sport - 02
The items included within the Edition Sport includes a leather-wrapped sports steering wheel, LED fog lamps, the BMW Individual High Gloss Shadow Line and new 18-inch double-spoke light alloy wheels – and can be mixed with the M Sport Package.

Colours for the BMW 5 Series Sedan and 5 Series Touring will include Mediterranean Blue metallic and Mineral Grey metallic while the 5-Series Gran Turismo will be made available in Kashmir Silver metallic in the near future.

BMW 2 Series Coupe with M Sport PackageThe current 2-Series Coupe will be further expanded with the introduction of the Advantage, Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport alternatives.

As for the 2-Series, it will be provided with the options of being equipped with the latest generation Professional navigation system as well as an eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

BMW ConnectedDrive OTA Update
The transmission will be mated to the company’s latest TwinPower Turbo engine – a new 134bhp and 220Nm 1.5L three-cylinder petrol engine for the BMW 218i Coupe and Convertible, while they roll on new light alloy wheels.

Additionally, the BMW 220d Coupe will be provided with the company’s xDrive intelligent four-wheel drive system to go along with its eight-speed Steptronic transmission, allowing it to accelerate from 0-100kph in 6.9sec.
BMW TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder diesel engine
At the entry level, the BMW 214d Active Tourer will have a new 94bhp and 220Nm three-cylinder diesel engine that allows it to accelerate to 100kph in 12.9sec, while average fuel consumption is rated between 3.9 and 3.8L/100km and CO2 emissions between 104 and 99g/km.

The Travel Package will be added to the list of options for the 2-Series Active Tourer and will include items such as a longitudinal rear seat adjustment, roof rails, tables attached to the backrests of driver seat and front-seat passenger seat as well as a luggage compartment net.

BMW 3 Series Touring
Moving on to the 3-Series range, the BMW 316d Sedan and Touring will be powered in future by a new 114bhp/270Nm (+10Nm) 2.0L four-cylinder diesel engine with the option of mating it with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

From March onwards, it will also see the premiering of the entry-level BMW 418d Coupe while a 148bhp/320Nm 2.0L diesel engine for the 420d Coupe and Gran Coupe, with more engine options finding its way into the 4-Series range.

BMW 4 Series Coupe (Sport Line)
However, the BMW 420d Coupe, 420d xDrive Coupe, 420d Gran Coupe and 420d xDrive Gran Coupe will later receive a more powerful and efficient 188bhp/400Nm 2.0L diesel engine, with the option of mating it to a an eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

In addition to the new engine, a newly designed exhaust system and tailpipes will also be featured on the 4-Series and while the 418d Coupe has a 75mm cross section exhaust tailpipe, the other 4-Series models powered by a 188bhp diesel engine will be equipped with 70mm diameter twin-flow tailpipes.

BMW M4 Convertible Individual - 01
The BMW M3 Sedan, M4 Coupe and M4 Convertible will receive an exclusive touch via options provided by BMW Individual to further configure the exterior and interior.

From March 2015, there will be a choice of new BMW Individual body colours that includes a range of matt colours that are variants of Frozen Black metallic, Frozen Silver metallic, Frozen Red metallic and Frozen Brilliant White metallic.

BMW M3 Sedan Frozen Black metallic
In the near future, the BMW M4 Coupe, it will be made available with BMW’s Individual leather upholstery Merino fine grain.

Colour options include Opal White, Amaro Brown, Golden Brown, Cohiba Brown, Nutmeg and the standard all-leather black upholstery, while contrasting seams can be had in Sakhir Orange, Yellow, Blue or Silverstone.

Additionally, the M4 can also be ordered with a colour-matched leather-covered BMW Individual instrument panel.

BMW i8
Finally, the latest BMW i8 plug-in hybrid sports car will have its standard equipment options expanded to include lifestyle products from the Pure Impulse Experience programme.

The products include the Carpo Carum Grey interior design with natural leather elements combined with partially perforated leather surfaces in the light colour of Carum Grey and specific BMW i Blue accents found on the seatbelt straps, mats and seat’s double stitches.

The instrument panel, centre console and doors can be clad with Amido metallic surfaces, while the future foresees the i8 receiving a leather engine cover and black-painted brake callipers.