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BMW has made its 4 Series official, shortly after photos of its new coupe leaked onto the Internet.
The 4 Series will launch as a 2014 model year in 428i and 435i offerings with xDrive all-wheel drive available as an option on both models. The 428i is powered by a 2.0-liter, turbo-four engine with 240 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque while the 435i sports the German automakerís popular 3.0-liter, turbocharged inline-six engine with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.
Three different trim lines will be available on the 4 Series coupe: Luxury, Sport, and M Sport. 18- and 19-inch wheels are available as an option for all models while the M Sport package outfits the 4 Series with new styling, more aggressive suspension, and upgraded brakes. The Luxury and Sport packages are similar to what BMW has offered in the past for the 3 Series, one offering more luxurious amenities while the other gives the coupe a sportier driving experience.
Most importantly however, BMW has announced that the 428iís pricing will start at $41,125 including destination and handling, while the 435i will start from $46,925. xDrive models will run $2,000 more.
The BMW 4 Series Coupe will arrive in US showrooms late this summer. For now, enjoy the mega gallery the automaker has supplied us with.
The third-generation BMW X5 has been officially announced with increased spaciousness, three engine variants, and even more personalization options.
The 2014 X5 gets a redesign with a more powerful front-end look that further optimizes the Sports Activity Vehicleís aerodynamics. Its overall design language is further emphasized with Air Curtains, Air Breathers, and Aero Blades for the rear window. The twin-circular headlights now extend into the German automakerís signature kidney grilles while further individualization can be had through its Design Pure Experience, Design Pure Excellence, and M Sport packages.
The new X5 will launch with three engine variants starting with the X5 xDrive50i which features a new-generation, 4.4-liter V8 engine with 450 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque thanks to a pair of turbochargers. The lower-end model will feature a 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder powerplant with 258 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque and will be offered as the X5 xDrive30d. Those looking for a balance between performance and fuel economy can opt for the X5 M50d which features a 3.0-liter, six-cylinder diesel engine with three turbos. The M50d cranks out 381 hp and 546 lb-ft of torque. All three powerplants are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Updating the interior, BMW has increased the spaciousness of the X5′s cabin as well as adding more luxury with raised seating position, a low-set instrument panel with horizontal lines extending into the door trim, enhanced interior visibility, and trunk space. The automatic tailgate operation is now standard and can be opened and closed by remote control and from the driverís seat. Rear comfort seats and additional third-row seating is available as an option.
The infotainment gets up-to-date with a 10.25-inch Control Display for standard-fitted iDrive while the Touch Controller is available with the optional navigation system.
Those looking to further enhance the handling capabilities of the SUV can opt for Comfort, Dynamic, and
Itís well known that the BMW 3 Series is a brilliant car. The potpourri of sport, luxury and technology blend perfectly to make a desirable and solid car for anyone shopping in its price point. But those who need more practicality and family friendliness will look at the platform-sharing X3 xDrive28i to fill that void.
Fortunately, thereís hardly a better starting point than the 3 Series sport-sedan, and the X3 really proves this point. It feels solid, yet spritely and feels far more capable than its spec sheet would hint at. For 2013 BMW transplanted the 240-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine out of the 328i and put it into the bigger utility vehicle.
The engine is still packaged with BMWís eight-speed automatic transmission like last yearís model, which does double duty to help keep the engine in its sweet-spot and fuel-consumption low. Yes, the older car made more power, but the new engine helps make more twist; a total 49 extra lb-ft of torque helps the X3 stay exciting. In fact, itís hard to see the need for the more powerful engine in the xDrive35i.
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