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BMW X4

BMW has become the king of pointless niche-market cars in recent years and it doesn’t look like the Bavarians have any plans of stopping. No they haven’t announced a new 3 Series coupe, but we do have spy shots of the upcoming X4 soft-roader doing a bit of cold-weather romping through the snow.

The X4 is a swoopier version of the X3 much the same way that the X6 was a swoopier version of the X5 . This new, and very pointless, coupe-like SUV is designed to attract young and enthusiastic individuals who want the practicality that comes with an SUV without all that pesky ugliness that comes with having a truly utilitarian vehicle.

In these latest shots, we can see that the car has lost even more of its camo, and we have a nice solid look at the front end. It is pretty clear that the production X4 will look very similar to its concept version , not exactly a surprise.

I think the X4 is a pretty stupid idea, but the Range Rover Evoque has proved that there is a market for small, mostly useless SUVs. Of course the Evoque is supermodel attractive, and the X4 looks like the lump on Quasimodo’s back, so that may make a difference in when it goes on sale.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW X4.

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Well that didn’t take long. Just a few weeks after BMW announced it was going to apply its Individual treatment to the new 4 Series Coupe and Convertible , it has now announced that the Gran Coupe model will be available with the same custom touch.

Aside from the asinine idea that the freshly made 4 Series is available in a Gran Coupe four-door when the model was created specifically to be a coupe only, the Individual program does make the new 4 a very desirable car. Some of the choices available with the Individual include multiple paint options, bespoke 19-inch alloy wheels, Ash Grain White dash trim, leather covered dash and Merino leather for the seats. The leather is available in several colors with contrast piping and filigree stitching. The seat color in our photos here is Nutmeg.

If an Individual model 4 Series Gran Coupe is the car of your dreams, your local BMW can get you set up.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

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The day has come where we report BMW ’s move into building front-wheel-drive cars. It may sound like an April-fools joke, but alas, the 2 Series Active Tourer will be a reality rolling down the street in 2015. The overriding issue, at least in the eyes of BMW purists, is the threat to BMW’s brand identity and exclusivity as the Bavarian company moves towards higher-volume, lower-cost city cars.

Rather than sticking our heads in the sand, let’s take a look at what BMW is set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show on March 4th.

The 2 Series Active Tourer departs from the standard BMW mold with an upright, high-roofed design with passenger comfort, easy of ingress/egress, and cargo capacity as key features. The modular seating for five makes for a handy city runabout with 40/20/40 folding rear seats and a generous rear cargo area. Even the front passenger seat folds flat for hauling long objects. Outward visibility should be quite excellent, making it a competent navigator of congested city streets.

Power comes from three engine options — at least at launch and in Euro-spec form — including a 1.5-liter three-cylinder, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and a 2.0-liter diesel; all of which are turbocharged. Power is sent through either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic transmission to the front wheels. An xDrive model will come to market during the first year, but after the initial launch.

Exterior design detailing and interior appointments stay true to BMW form with highly recognizable features only found on BMWs. While it may be styled like a BMW, its profile is a huge departure; though the most important factor will remain unanswered until we’re behind the wheel: does it drive like a BMW?

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

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BMW has quite the history of melding art with speed via their Art Cars projects. Since 1975, world renowned artists have taken their brushes to the sheet metal of Bavaria’s finest, all in the name of visual expression. To date there are a total of seventeen cars; each a unique look at an artist and an era.

One of the more iconic cars from the collection is the 850CSi painted by David Hockney. It was created nearly two decades ago in 1995, and now it’s finally returning home to Los Angeles.

As part of the Paris Photo second edition at the Paramount Pictures Studio in Los Angeles, BMW will be displaying David Hockney’s 8 Series . Along with bringing the classic 8 Series home to LA, BMW is bringing the spiritual successor to the classic coupe; the all-new i8.

From the past and into the future, BMW is representing the history, technology and art of the automotive world.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s previous Art Cars.

BMW 3 Series Plug-In Hybrid

Our spy photographers have yet again captured the 3 Series Hybrid out in the wild – this time, with even less camo on. The recharging door just aft of the driver-side front tire is clearly visible. Even with the missing camo, the 3 still sports its “Hybrid Test Vehicle” sticker on the driver’s door; eliminating all doubt of this car’s future green intentions.

Like we said before , not much is know about the hybrid system that BMW is employing here, but our best guess is something similar to what the X5 eDrive was testing with: a turbocharged four-cylinder paired to a 95-horsepower electric motor and advanced Li-ion battery pack. In the X5 application , the combo was good for a 0 to 60 time of less than seven seconds. An all-electric range of roughly 20 miles and a reported average of 62 mph combined when both systems worked simultaneously.

The 3 Series Hybrid would likely outperform its SUV brethren, as its lighter weight and lower center of gravity would help it achieve better fuel consumption numbers and better times around a track.

With all these pictures surfacing, it’s highly likely that BMW will bring a hybrid model to its wildly popular 3 Series lineup. Only time will tell, however. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for all the latest spy photos and info as it becomes available.

BMW has been busy testing upcoming models in the harsh winter currently provided by Mother Nature, and the new 2015 BMW X6 M looks to be among the group.

Despite slow sales, the X6 is getting a second generation complete with the M version . The X5 , on which the X6 is based, got a healthy refresh for 2014 with new driveline options and updated powertrains. 2014 will be the first time the CUV is available in a rear-wheel-drive-only setup with AWD still remaining an option. If this carries over to the X6, it could significantly reduce the CUV’s base MSRP, and open up the vehicle to a new group of buyers. Selecting the RWD setup in the X5 saves customers $2,300 over the AWD version.

All-wheel-drive will probably remain a fixture in the X6 M, however, due to the high output of the turbocharged V-8 and its track-ready attitude. That power is likely to come from the M5 sedan’s 4.4-liter TwinPower V-8 that lays down 560 horsepower between 6,000 and 7,000 rpm and 502 pound-feet of torque between a low 1,500 and impressive 5,750 rpm.

The X6 still retains its coupe-like crossover appearance with it’s sloping roofline in its second generation. The M version seen here gets larger grille openings and signature quad exhaust outlets. Not present on this tester is a vented or power-bulged hood that will probably be on the production X6 M.

Pricing for the current-generation X6 M starts at $93,900 and grows quickly to over $100k with options. It’s likely pricing won’t move too far away from the current numbers, but if they do, they’ll be headed north.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW X6 M.

BMW M4 Convertible

While the BMW M3 and M4 models are out, BMW is still testing other models in the 3 and 4 Series lineup, like this M4 hardtop convertible caught testing in the chilly winds of Scandinavia.

Looking past the camo, not much has changed with the M4’s bodywork. The aggressive front fascia, hood and side vents are still present, as well as the rear aero work and quad exhaust. The rear deck lid does seem flatter than the coupe’s, as it meets the folding rear glass at a more forward location. That rear glass is respectably large, making rearward visibility very good and blind spots a nonexistent feature.

We can expect the M4 drop top to share the same underpinnings and powertrain options as the standard M4 — namely its 3.0-liter, TwinPower in-line six that makes a ridiculous 430 horsepower and the choice of a traditional six-speed manual transmission or a swanky seven-speed dual-clutch unit.

Added weight is always a huge consideration when chopping the top, and BMW is likely to have something up its sleeve to keep the weight close to the 3,300-pound M4 coupe. Heavy use of carbon fiber and carbon fiber reinforced plastics will likely find their way into the construction of that mechanical hardtop, while structural rigidity will probably benefit from the same as well.

Expect the standard M4 and M3 to find themselves in dealers beginning this June with the M4 convertible not arriving till later in the year. Pricing, of course, is still up in the air, but we’d guess an $8,000 to $10,000 price hike over the standard M4.

Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M4 Convertible.

Hybrids and plug-ins are becoming big business these days and even the generally performance-oriented big dogs are getting in on the action. Spy photographers just recently snapped these photos of a modified 3 Series during some cold-weather testing.

If the “Hybrid Test Vehicle” sticker on the driver’s door didn’t spell it out well enough, the hint of an electric charging port door just aft of the left, front tire should provide a hint to what BMW ’s working on. BMW’s iconic 3 Series is going electric. At least just partially.

Not much is know about the powertrain of this test mule, but we’d suspect it’s a similar set up to what BMW was testing with in the X5 eDrive . It featured a turbocharged four-cylinder paired to a 95-horsepower electric motor and advanced Li-ion batter back. The combo was good for a 0-60 time of less than seven seconds and an all-electric range of roughly 20 miles. Fuel consumption is said to average 62 mpg when both systems work simultaneously.

That gas engine, electric motor-combination would likely result in more impressive performance numbers in the lighter, smaller 3 Series. Pure speculation through educated guessing have us figuring the BMW 3 eDrive could achieve closer to 25 miles of all-electric driving and an increased overall fuel efficiency of 65 mpg. The X5’s all-electric top speed is 75 mph, but with less wind resistance, the 3 would likely reach closer to 80 or 90 mph.

Only time will tell as BMW develops this and it i-line vehicles, like the upcoming i3 and smokin’ hot i8.

Click pas the jump for info on the standard BMW 3 Series sedans

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BMW announced today that its venerable X3 SUV is getting a much-needed upgrade. BMW is blowing open the new 2015 BMW X3 SUV by offering it with multiple U.S.-market firsts. Most notably, you can now get the X3 with diesel power, and there is now a model without all-wheel drive.

The availability of the rear-wheel-drive model helps bring the price of the X3 down into a new market, and the diesel engine option provides a level of fuel economy that far exceeds any of the previous X3 models.

As expected with any major update, the designs of the interior and exterior have been updated and overall equipment levels have increased.

Is the new 2015 BMW X3 the best luxury SUV money can buy, or does BMW need to make more substantial changes to make the model worth looking at?

Continue reading to find out all the details on this new machine.


Just when we were starting to grasp BMW ’s recent name change and switch-up of its bread-n-butter 3 Series sedan and the new-for-2014 4 Series coupe, the German automaker threw another curve ball: the 2015 4 Series Grand Coupe. So now the coupe version of the 3 Series sedan has its own four-door sibling. Makes perfect sense...

The news here is the future addition of the M4 Grand Coupe — the spiced-up version of BMW’s not-a-3-Series four-door sports car. BMW has yet to release any official images of the M4 Grand Coupe, but our rendering wizard has sent us this amazing preview of the upcoming super sedan. The actual M4 GC is set to debut at the Geneva Auto Show in early March 2014. Until then, this is what we’re going off of.

In all reality, the 4 Series GC is a different car than the 3 Series sedan. It’s fully based on the regular two-door 4 Series. It even shares its same wheelbase and overall length as the 4 Series coupe. Its major difference is in the B-pillars on the back. A higher roofline, shorter front doors, and the addition of two rear passenger doors makes the 4 Series GC a much more usable, yet still coupe-like five passenger saloon.

We’re suspecting the M4 GC will get the same M treatment the M3 got, which is a 3.0-liter TwinPower turbocharged in-line six-cylinder, making a stout 425 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. The six-speed manual gearbox and the optional seven-speed, double-clutch transmission will likely be offered in the M4 as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW M4 Gran Coupe.


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