The BMW 3 Series Long Wheelbase Sedan has just premiered at the 2012 Auto China show in Beijing. The 3 Series Li has been announced in three models – 320Li, 328Li, and the 335Li.
The Li model adds 11 centimeters (4.3 inches) to its wheelbase over the standard F30 3 series sedan, resulting in a more spacious passenger cabin (particularly the rear). Both the BMW 3 Series Sedan in the long wheelbase version and the new BMW 3 Series Sedan will be available in China before the end of the year.
These models will be for the Chinese market only and will be produced at BMW’s new Shenyang production plant.
The following is the transcript from the 3 Series Li introduction at the BMW Press Conference during the 2012 … CONTINUED
The BMW i8 Concept Spyder is celebrating its world premiere at the Auto China 2012 in Beijing (23 April – 2 May 2012) and the rear-end of the car clearly bears the eDrive emblem for the new technology. In future, the designation eDrive will identify the drive technology for all electric and plug-in hybrid cars from BMW i.
BMW eDrive comprises the components of the electric drivetrain: the electric motor developed in-house by BMW, the lithium-ion battery, and finally the intelligent motor management system. This technology ensures that electromobility with BMW eDrive offers a unique experience. This is because the full torque of the electric motor is available from a standing start and the acceleration unfolds continuously in thoroughbred electric vehicles until the top speed is attained. … CONTINUED
MFEST, an annual gathering in the Southwest US for M enthusiasts and owners, took place this weekend in Las Vegas. The event is not only a car shot and one large meet, but also provides some quarter mile drag opportunities on the premises. Event photos and coverage inside.
The 2012 NYIAS press days wrapped up last week and the public days opened this past weekend. Hopefully our NY area members have gotten (or will get) a chance to attend. Those of you who did attend this past weekend, what did you think? Any favorites?
The video below shows the press conference highlights from the press days, featuring the stars of this year’s display – the M6 Coupe and Convertible, the X1, and the 6 Series Gran Coupe.
We’ve updated our X1 xDrive35i M Sport gallery from the 2012 NYIAS.
BMW NA’s Juergen Urban, Product Manager for the 1 Series and X1, and Oliver Ganser, Product Manager for the 3 Series were gracious enough to sit down with us at the 2012 NYIAS to field some questions on their respective products specialties. Here’s what we can report back with.
2013 BMW X1 (US)
What are the MPG figures for the three X1 models?
Because it’s model year 2013 we don’t have the official MPG values yet, but you can expect them to be top of the line, especially with the 28i.
What are the curb weight of the three models?
The sDrive28i is 3,500 pounds, xDrive28i is 3,700 pounds and xDrive35i is 3,900 pounds.
Are there any suspension differences between the 28i and 35i model?
No differences. The only suspension … CONTINUED
We had the chance to speak to BMW NA M Brand Manager Matt Russell and BMW M Marketing Director Thomas Schemera at the 2012 NYIAS about many things M. We covered some hot topics/models, including the M5, M6, M3 (current and future generation) and M Performance Automobiles.
M5 / M6
Can you tell us about the changes to the 2013 M5 from the 2012 M5? Why the wait for the 2013 model year for the US market?
It’s nothing major. It’s small things; it’s electronics underneath, little computer things. It’s definitely not customer-facing changes and not a great deal of functionality change.
How does the manual transmission affect the M5′s performance?
About 0.10 second 0-60mph difference (slower than DCT). We don’t have official EPA MPG estimates yet, but it’s not much. … CONTINUED
On display at the BMW section of the 2012 NYIAS is the 2013 328i xDrive (AWD) in its first public showing.
The F30 3 series xDrive models will begin production with the 2013 model year which begins in July, for September delivery.
A Frozen Silver (BMW Individual Color) F10 M5 is on display at the 2012 NYIAS, from where BMW has announced the US pricing for the 2013 M5 sedan – starting at $90,695 (destination and handling included).
The preliminary options/standard equipment information for the U.S. 2013 M5 has also been posted yesterday (info here).
The 2013 M5 will begin production in July and begin deliveries in September. Order guides will be available in two weeks and ordering begins on April 23. European delivery is available on dates beginning September 1st.
Frozen silver is among the range of BMW Individual exterior colors recommended for the 2012 M5, including:
Brilliant White Metallic
Frozen Gray Metallic
Frozen Silver Metallic