BMW is in the midst of its final testing for the U.S.-spec 335d–the first diesel-powered Bimmer to be sold in North America. The introduction of the 335d will coincide with the launch of facelifted sheetmetal destined for the entire 3-series lineup.
Due to e-mission restrictions, the U.S. version of the 335d will reportedly be down on power from its European cousin (265 hp and 425 lb-ft of torque vs. 282 hp and 428 lb-ft.), but even our U.S. numbers–especially the fat torque number–promise terrific performance that may well be enough convince people to make the move to diesel.
As with the 335i gasoline engine, BMW will use two turbochargers–a small, low-pressure turbo to aid low-end acceleration and a more potent turbo to help at higher … CONTINUED
For the first time ever, we caught the next generation X3! The current X3 will have to soldier on for a few more years until the arrival of an all-new model slatted for the 2011 model year. Nonetheless, these are the very first spy-shots of Munichs (and Spartanburgs!) compact SUV photographed earlier today.
The new X3s dimensions will hardly change compared with the current one, and its styling will be shaped to reflect elements from the CS Concept. The basic shape will remain much the same, however the new model is expected to feature a more prominent grille plus new wraparound headlights.
Designers will also focus on improving the quality of the interior, as the new X3 will be facing stiff competition from the recently unveiled new Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLK.
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Thanks to bmwblog for the find.
The entry level BMW 730d will have a base price of 69,500 euro. The fuel consumption is absolutely amazing on the 730 diesel, 32.6 MPG. Moving up, the BMW 740i will start at 75,500 euro and the longer version LWB at 82,500 euro.
The top of the line 7ers, the 750i and 750Li will be selling for 90,000 euro respectively 94,000 euro.
So, here is the breakdown in an unordered list:
BMW 730d – 69,500 euro
BMW 740i – 75,500 euro
BMW 740Li – 82,500 euro
BMW 750i -90,000 euro
BMW 750Li – 94,000 euro
No word on the high-end model, the 760Li yet.
There is an extensive list of options offered and a few things stand out:
BMW Navigation System Professional – 2,436 euro
Navigation System with integrated bluetooh – 3,235 euro
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Today is our lucky day. It seems as though an official set of pictures of the New 7-Series has leaked online. The resolution is low but there are alot of pictures included in this set. Good times my friends!
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Motorauthority has released this presumably pshop of what the E90 facelift will look like, but it looks pretty damn accurate to the real car to me based on the spy shots we have already seen. Looks like the perfect facelift, not to major of a change, but still good looking.
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More photos of the upcoming E89 Z4 have leaked which now include photos of the new interior. It seems to take a whole new take on BMW interior design, one that hasn’t been seen or derived from any other BMW on the market right now.
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Caught on film at the recent BMW Golf tournament was a big billboard in place to promote the upcoming BMW 7-Series and reveals the design of the headlamps will somewhat follow the design of the CS concept car.
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Someone must have gotten lazy at the Nordschleife and didn’t remember to cover up the new nose on the twin-turbocharged V8-powered 2010 BMW X5. In this latest round of spy shots from the folks at KGP, we can clearly see the dramatic, M3-inspired front air dam and big new wheels to match the upgraded styling. This marks the second application for the twin-turbo eight cylinder which debuted in the BMW X6, and in the X5 it will be making 408 HP and providing a 0-60 time of just 5.5 seconds. The one thing it won’t be doing is wearing the “M” badge.
BMW’s high-performance-but-not-quite-M-worthy X5 prototype has now shown more of its face, free from its normal frontal camouflage. The once-mysterious X5 program has … CONTINUED
Its summer time and now the BMW has moved from winter testing to the ring for some good ole fashioned track testing. The new X1 has already been confirmed to be produced in Europe (Leipzig) rather then the traditional home of BMW SAVs (Spartanburg) and so most guesses are on this car being an uber eco-friendly vehicle using engines in the 4-cylinder flavor. The emphasis should be on people moving, european style, rather then speed and sport. Expect a very mainstream car out of BMW with this model.
MotorAuthority has been able to snap some pics of the car still in body armour speeding around the ring
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The BMW group is set to invest a total of one billion US dollars over four years in the American market. The resources will be channelled towards a new adminstrative and training centre in New Jersey, increasing the sales network and broadening production in the Spartanburg facilities.
These are all strategies that should take advantage of the current weak dollar compared to the euro. Currently the BMW factory in South Carolina assembles about 160,000 vehicles a year, but with the new investment estimates are up arounf 240,000 vehicles by 2012. To the X5 and X6, produced only in the US, the new X3 will be added, currently manufactured in Austria. 500 new jobs should also be created in the new complex.
BMW colonisation of the … CONTINUED