BMW has released a set of new ads highlighting some of the technologies available in its lineup. They deliver the message with some humor, reminding us of the 6 ad spots which debuted during the last Super Bowl.
The first reviews of the 2013 X1 (LCI facelift) are in and they’re a generally positive bunch. First up are the reviews from Car and Driver, Automobile and Motor Trend.
Check out what each American magazine has to say about the refreshed X1 which has already sold more than 300,000 units worldwide.
BMW has confirmed that two diesel engines will be making their way to the US.
One is a 2.0L single-turbo twinscroll 4 cylinder direct injection diesel engine outputting 180 HP and 280 LB-FT torque, which are identical stats to the N47 engine which currently powers the F30 320d and F10 520. As for consumption and performance, the 320d, for example, achieves an impressive 52.2 combined MPG (US) (40.5 city / 61.8 hwy), with a factory claimed 7.1 secs 0-60 mph.
The other diesel will be a 3.0L twinscroll 6 cylinder turbo diesel outputting 255 HP (no official torque number yet, but expect 400+ lb-ft torque). This will be an all new engine.
These engines will be paired with 8 speed automatics and make use of SCR technology (urea based … CONTINUED
Anyone wanting a RWD X1 should look into buying a current generation X1, if a new report coming out of Autocar is true.
It’s being reported that the current model’s RWD / AWD platform (adopted from the E9X 3 series) will be replaced by the FWD / AWD UKL platform when the next gen BMW X1 hits the market around 2015. “UKL” is German for ‘Unter Klasse’ or ‘entry level.’
The FWD UKL platform is the same one upon which the initial FWD BMW models and the next MINI will be built on. The initial lineup of FWD BMW cars will include Gran Turismo, City Compact, and Family Activity Sports Tourer variants. See a summary of the next generation RWD / FWD 1 Series and 2 Series models.
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A further chapter has been added to the success story of the BMW X models. In a matter of two-and-a-half years, the BMW X1 has notched up worldwide sales of more than 300,000 units. Since its market launch in autumn 2009, the first – and for a long time only – vehicle of its kind in the premium compact segment has conquered a steadily expanding fan base and scooped up a host of awards. The tremendous popularity enjoyed by the BMW X1 both in its home country and in numerous car markets around the world is fresh proof of the sheer appeal of the vehicle concept embodied by the BMW X models. This compact all-rounder entered the market as the fourth member of the BMW X … CONTINUED
Good news for iPhone users. iOS6 is finally supporting iDrive Office integration via Bluetooth MAP (Message Access Profile). Bluetooth MAP is the protocol used to retrieve email messages through iDrive, which currently only works with Blackberry and a few other devices.
Here are a few photos showing a iPhone 4S connecting via Bluetooth MAP (wireless non-USB connection) using iOS6 Beta 1.
For the past few weeks, BMW has been offering a $300 discount on the 2012 3 Series for scheduling a test drive through the app, but they’ve now expanded the promotion to include all BMW models.
The discounts are as follows:
$300 Off 3 Series, 1 Series, X1, X3 and Z4 (all trims, including M models)
$500 Off 5 Series, 5 Series Gran Turismo and X5 (all trims, including M models)
$700 Off 7 Series, 6 Series, 6 Series Gran Coupe and X6 (all trims, including M models)
What you will receive is a voucher in the amounts listed above off the first payment on a new 2012 or 2013 BMW financed or leased through BMW Financial Services.
To receive your discount:
Step 1: Download The Ultimate Drive app (available on … CONTINUED
The BMWUSA website build your own feature for the 2013 X1 is finally online. Head on over to configure your very own BMW X1.
We post inside the first videos of the 2013 BMW X1 (LCI facelift model) in action, starting with a summary video from BMW.
The sDrive28i RWD model starts in the US at $30,650, the xDrive28i at $32,350 and the xDrive35i at $38,450. Production of the 2013 X1 will begin in July.
sDrive28i / xDrive28i
2.0L TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder engine (N20), with direct injection, double-vanos, valvetronic
240hp @ 5000 rpm
260lb-ft torque @ 1250 rpm – 4800 rpm
8 speed steptronic automatic transmission
0-60 in 6.2s (sDrive28i) and 6.3s (xDrive28i)
24 mpg city / 33 mpg highway / 27 mpg combined (sDrive28i) *preliminary EPA estimates*… CONTINUED