This changes with the BMW 4 Series and the M4 models with the LCI
BMW is giving the two-door body types of the 4 Series family a facelift in the spring, which the Munich-based company also likes to call LCI – Life Cycle Impulse. The XXL kidneys essentially remain intact. New lighting elements at the front and rear with a now vertically aligned daytime running light graphic ensure freshness. As an option, BMW offers new LED matrix headlights that replace the previous laser light. The laser light reflectors with 3D depth effect, previously reserved for the M4 CSL, are now available as an option for all drive variants. Inside, BMW has added even more functions to the infotainment system with the new Operating System 8.5 plus – the Munich-based company also promises improvements in navigation and connectivity. The M models receive a new steering wheel design.
On the engine side, the 4 Series Coupé and Cabriolet are offered with three diesel and three petrol variants; the well-known in-line six-cylinder of the performance models are retained. Depending on the engine, you can choose between rear-wheel and all-wheel drive. The two sports models M4 and M4 Competition have an unchanged 480 and 510 hp respectively, with the all-wheel drive M4 Competition xDrive now having a peak output of 530 hp (combined fuel consumption: 10.1-10.0 l/100 km; CO2 Combined emissions: 229-226 g/km)².
Prices for the 4-series LCI family, which will be available from March 2024, start at 52,900 euros, around 2,000 euros higher than before. The M derivatives start at 96,200 euros.
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Six-cylinder Z4 now available with manual transmission
As a further two-door innovation, BMW is launching a special model of the Z4 that costs at least 75,300 euros as the M40i Edition Pure Impulse (combined fuel consumption: 8.7 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 197 g/km)². The special? It is the first and probably last time that the Z4 G29, launched in 2018, will be offered with a manual in-line six-cylinder. Although BMW has given the 340 hp and 500 Nm special model its own chassis tuning, new software and adapted basic equipment, the high price level is still surprising.
For comparison: The equally powerful M40i with automatic transmission starts in the current price list from 69,300 euros (combined fuel consumption: 8.0-7.8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 181-175 g/km g/km)². If you don’t want to dig deep into your pockets and can do without a convertible roof, you still have the option of choosing the technically closely related Toyota Supra. The cooperation project between the two car manufacturers, also equipped with a BMW six-cylinder engine and a manual switch, can be bought even cheaper.
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New drive variants for i5, X2, iX2 and XM
Also available from March are new drive variants for the BMW models i5, X2/iX2 and XM. The i5 eDrive40 (combined power consumption: 21.0-19.3 kWh/100km WLTP; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)² initially rounds off the electric engine range in the new 5 Series and has a system output of 250 kW/ 340 hp and relies on rear-wheel drive. With two electric motors, electric all-wheel drive and a system output of 290 kW/394 hp, the eDrive40 xDrive ranks slightly above the rear-wheel drive car. Both variants rely on an 81.2 kWh battery and should be able to travel 498 to 577 kilometers (eDrive40) and 463 to 538 kilometers (eDrive40 xDrive). Prices start at 70,200 euros.
In addition to the BMW i5, the BMW iX2 also has another drive option. Similar to the iX1, the iX2 eDrive20 will come onto the market in March, which drives the front wheels with an electric motor with up to 150 kW/204 hp. BMW quotes a combined power consumption of 16.9 to 15.3 per 100 kilometers for the variant, with the 64.8 kWh battery being good for WLTP ranges of between 439 and 478 kilometers. Prices start at 49,400 euros. But BMW hasn’t forgotten the fans of good old diesel engines either. The regular ². The new diesel X2 starts at 49,950 euros.
Last but not least, the reference to a new engine on the XM flagship. In the future, the part-time electric car will also be available with an in-line six-cylinder PHEV drive under the name XM 50e. The system output is up to 350 kW/476 HP and 700 Nm, the electric range according to WLTP should be between 77 and 83 kilometers (combined fuel consumption: 1.7 – 1.3 liters/100 km; combined power consumption: 32.2 – 31 .5 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 37 – 30 g/km)². BMW quotes a base price of 132,400 euros for the six-cylinder XM.
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Semi-autonomous highway assistant released for other BMW models
BMW has received approval in accordance with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) standardization for the semi-autonomous highway assistant for other models in addition to the new 5 Series sedan. It also includes the function that allows you to change lanes with just a glance. The extended assistance package will be available from spring for the 7 Series, the BMW iX, the BMW XM, X5, X6 and the BMW X7. (Text: tv, mh/sp-x | Images: manufacturer)