Caving Under Pressure: The Detroit Auto Show May, In Fact, Move to October
The Detroit Auto Show is on the cusp of a long-overdue decision that will effectively move the show out of the winter doldrums of January into a later month with a far more inviting climate. Nothing is official yet, but there’s growing momentum that America’s most esteemed auto show will be moved from January to October beginning in 2020. A decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks as the Detroit Auto Dealers Association is scheduled to vote on uprooting the show from its winter roots and moving it to the fall.
Infiniti, BMW Take Home EyesOn Design Awards in Detroit
The Detroit Auto Show was popping this week with enough debuts and concept car unveilings to make for an action-packed week. Two cars, in particular, were honored with EyesOn Design awards, one for being the best concept in the show, and another for being the best production vehicle. The Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept and the BMW X2 SUV took home top honors in the two categories, respectively.
Remember how BMW brought the i8 Roadster, a facelifted i8 with the roof chopped off, at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show and called it "new?" Well, it’s happening again. It’s been a little more than a month and BMW unveiled the "new" i8 Coupe at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The same car they first introduced in 2014, but with revised headlamps and taillights, a bit more horsepower, and a marginally improved range. BMW is either shameless and pathetic or is simply using the i8 to troll us at every auto show throughout the year (don’t forget about those "special-edition" models with "custom" paintjobs).
BMW’s Smallest SUV Shows its Face in Public at Detroit Auto Show
Unveiled in October 2017, the BMW X2 is the company’s smallest crossover yet, standing beneath the X1 in the lineup. Already available in Europe since November 2017, the X2 is no longer a mystery, but the mini SUV just made its public U.S. debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show, a sign that American customers will soon be able to order one. And if the X1 is any indication, the X2 will probably become a big hit in North America.
New BMW 5 Series Has a Sweet Navigation System
I’m a big fan of BMW, so when they finally rolled the new 5 Series onto their show floor in Detroit this week, I was super stoked to check it out. Of course, I had to stay behind the velvet rope until after their press conference and all of that, but once that was done, Bimmer lifted the ropes and let your boy in to check out all of the finer details of its new 5 Series Sedan. While the cabin was spacious and the tablets for rear seat passengers were cool, what really interested me was the navigation system up front.
Most stock navigation systems are pretty much the same these days, and maybe other models have the same functions, but BMW’s was insanely fast and responsive and was actually able to work under the metal roof and beams of the Cobo Center in Detroit. The initial display is pretty basic – it’s your normal birds-eye view of the area with a little blip showing your exact location, but zooming in gives you a mildly 3D representation of the area around you. Zooming in even further gives you a street-level view of sorts that shows all of the buildings in their exact locations and with relative height.
Naturally, I didn’t get to see the navigation in action outside of viewing my location and playing with the view, but if the responsiveness and quickness of the system are any indication, this system should make navigating unfamiliar territory a breeze. And, for the record, the rest of the system was fast and responsive as well, including phone pairing, XM radio station selection, onboard music storage loading and browsing, and navigating the various menus and settings as a whole. Maybe the systems from brands like Mercedes and Audi as just as good, but I was pretty impressed with what BMW brought to the table with the system in the 5 Series. It beats the standard google navigation system I’ve been so accustomed to for so long; that’s for sure.
BMW 6 Series Convertible Shows Detroit that New isn’t Always Better
Major auto shows like Detroit, Geneva, and Paris are usually packed with loads of brand-new cars and spectacular concepts. This makes it very difficult for not so new cars to get the attention they deserve, but sometime we stumble across older models that stand out for one reason or another. This is also the case of the BMW 6 Series Convertible that the German brand brought to the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.
Around since 2011, the 6 Series is one of the oldest Bimmers on the market and it’s rather long in the tooth compared to the competition. The grand tourer did receive a facelift for 2015, but that didn’t do much in terms of aesthetics, so the 6 Series remained pretty much the same inside and out. With the current model moving fast toward the end of its life-cycle, the Munich-based firm is trying to keep it fresh by adding new kit and equipment. At Detroit, BMW introduced a new exterior color Sonic Speed Blue.
While new body finishes aren’t exactly big news, especially on old models, this new shade of blue is exactly what made the six-year-old 6 Series stand out at the BMW booth. Making things even better, BMW opted for white seating upholstery and white inserts on the dashboard and door panels, giving the grand tourer a color combination that reminds me of the 1970s and the wild color combinations that American carmakers used to offer.
This combo obviously doesn’t change the fact that the 6 Series Convertible is in dire need of a replacement, but it proves that new isn’t always better and that a good color combination turns heads no matter the car it’s used on. Many companies that showcased new products in Detroit should learn something from this.
BMW M550i xDrive is the quickest 5 Series Yet!
Launched in October 2016, the new-generation BMW 5 Series is so fresh that U.S. dealerships are barely getting the 530i and 540i models in the first half of 2017. Fortunately, these aren’t the only versions we’ll be able to buy in North America and BMW has just introduced the upcoming iterations at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The bad news is that the M5 isn’t here yet, but there is some good news in the 5 Series wearing the M550i xDrive badge. The second model showcased at the Cobo Center is the 530e iPerformance, which is supposed to be the most efficient sedan in the range.
The M550i xDrive and 530e iPerformance will join the base four-cylinder 530i, which retails from $51,200, and the six-cylinder 540i, priced from $58,750, in U.S. dealerships.
The hybrid is the least expensive of the two new additions, set to go on sale for $51,400 before options. Add xDrive for all-wheel drive performance and stability and the sticker increases to $53,700. The first 5 Series to carry a proper hybrid drivetrain, the 530e iPerformance combines the turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine with electric power for a total system output of 248 horses and 310 pound-feet of torque. Charging from 0 to 60 mph takes six seconds in RWD layout and 5.8 ticks with AWD, which is as quick as the gas-only 530i model.
Moving over to the M550i, it comes in at $72,100 before options, which makes it the most expensive current-generation 5 Series as of early 2017. Equipped with xDrive as standard, the M550i gets its juice from a twin-turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 that cranks out 456 horsepower and a whopping 480 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 12-horsepower and 37-pound-feet improvement over the outgoing 550i, which returns an impressive 0-to-60 mph sprint of only 3.9 seconds. This little figure here makes the M550i xDrive the quickest 5 Series yet and only the upcoming M5 will be able to set a better benchmark in terms of acceleration.
Both vehicles are set to arrive in U.S. dealerships this spring.
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The first 6 Series saw daylight in 1976 as the E24 chassis. This two-door coupe lasted until 1989, at which point BMW discontinued production, waiting another 14 years before resurrecting it as the E63 and E64. As of 2014, the 6 Series is now in its third generation as the F12, F13, and F06 chassis, with over 80,000 units sold since the release of the convertible model in March of 2011. The latest iteration is slated to make its world debut at the North American International Auto Show, arriving in showrooms for the first quarter of 2015. The 6 Series comes in three discrete body styles: a two-door coupe, a convertible, and a sloped four-door known as the Gran Coupe. Featuring a longer wheelbase, plus a rear end that is short and sharply slanted, the Gran Coupe takes the convenience of four doors and adds the styling cues of a two-door model. It’s a vehicle philosophy that seeks to combine luxury, performance, and functionality into one handsome package.
Updates for the 2016 model year are minimal, but include exterior styling tweaks and additional options for the interior and body color paint scheme. Beyond that, all the luxury and performance you’d expect from a world-class Bavarian import is present and correct.
Has BMW maintained its position as the “Ultimate Driving Machine?" Click past the jump to decide for yourself.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe.
The 2014 BMW 6 Series is a hot commodity. With three different models — a two-door coupe, a GranCoupe with four doors, and a convertible — BMW offers plenty of choices for consumers looking to drop some considerable change for this sporty, luxurious car. Engine offerings start with a 3.0-liter, 315-horsepower, twin-scroll turbocharged inline-six, dubbed the 640i. Next up is the 650i, with a 4.4-liter V-8, also featuring a twin-scroll turbo design, which is good for 445 horsepower. The mighty M6 comes with a more powerful version of the 650i’s V-8, producing an almost-crazy 560 horsepower. Performance is blistering, regardless of engine choice, and typical BMW luxury and top-notch fit and finish adorn the interior. While the 2014 6 Series Convertible is certainly fresh, this didn’t stop BMW from updating the lineup for the 2015 model year.
With three more model years to cover until a brand-new 6 Series arrives, BMW slapped a revised front end to its largest drop-top, as well as a couple of new features for the interior aside from the enhanced options list. Naturally, new exterior colors and redesigned wheels are also up for grabs. Find out more about it below.
Updated 12/11/2014: BMW unveiled the first details on the revised 6 Series lineup, with just a few weeks before the car’s official debut in Detroit. Details after the jump.
Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 BMW 6 Series Convertible.
BMW’s Individual program is the epitome of customization, carrying with a dramatic styling treat that really covers the needs and whims of its customers.
So with two new models in its fold — the M3 Sedan and the M4 Coupe — BMW quickly followed those releases up with Individual programs for both of the new M models.
As far as the latter is concerned, the modifications cover a wide range of new exterior and interior features, none more distinct than the Azuirte black exterior paint and the fancy wood trims on the interior.
Both the M3 Individual and its M4 counterpart will make their public debuts at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. That’s enough time for us to enjoy the holiday season and get ready for what promises to be an action-packed new year.
BMW seems to agree and what better way to jump start 2014 than to present special edition programs for its two newest models.
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW M3
BMW Individual is defined by genuine exclusiveness combined with the most exclusive materials and colors. So, it was expected to see these exclusive features applied to the recently launched M3 sedan and M4 coupe. Both models will be displayed in January 2014 at the Detroit Auto Show alongside the standard M3 and M4 versions.
The BMW M4 Coupe Individual will be painted Mineral White and, even though there is no official confirmation on this just yet, we expect it to also get some elements seen on previous BMW Individual models, including special wheels and a black-chrome exhaust system.
The interior is trimmed in a sexy brown finish combined with high-quality wood. The seats are wrapped in a special leather that features a sharp cinnamon look, while some nice aluminum elements spice up the cabin and take the M4’s luxury up another notch — as if it really needs it.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard BMW M4 Coupe.
BMW has already begun revitalizing its lineup with the future 3 Series Coupe and Convertible getting tagged under the 4 Series line. This treatment is also spilling over to the 1 Series, as the three- and five-door models will remain under the 1 Series name, but starting in 2014, the coupe and convertible models become the new 2 Series lineup.
When compared to the 1 Series Coupe — the model it replaces — the new 2 Series Coupe is larger, giving increased interior room for the front and rear passengers. Additionally, the U.S.-spec 2 Series loses the six-cylinder engine used in the 1 Series Coupe and makes use of a new four-cylinder engine that is more powerful and easier on fuel.
BMW will display the new 2 Series Coupe at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, but it has revealed most of the information ahead of its public showing.
It will hit showrooms in the first quarter of 2014 at a base price of $33,025. Upon initial release, there will only be two variants available in the U.S.: 228i and M235i. You can see the full review for the high-performance, 2014 BMW M235i here.
Updated 12/16/2013: The BMW 2 Series’ ordering guide has leaked onto the Internet, showing all of the intricate pricing details, including a $500 premium for metallic paints, a $1,450 premium for Dakota leather and all of the optional packages. You can see the guide, after the jump.
Updated 05/30/2014: A leaked ordering guide document revealed prices for the 2015 2 Series. As expected things will remain pretty much unchanged, with the RWD 228i and M235i being priced from $32,100 and $43,100 respectively. AWD option will add another $1,800. New for 2015 model year is the Track Package priced at $2,200. (carscoops)
Click past the jump to read more about the BMW 2 Series Coupe.
The BMW M3 and the M4 Coupe are understandably getting all the attention today, but BMW is quick to point out that those aren’t the only two models that it’s proudly showcasing.
A special-edition BMW Z4 is also getting some love ahead of its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show. The model is called the Pure Fusion Edition and while it lacks in any kind of noticeable exterior changes, it does showcase the company’s new Pure Fusion Design equipment package, which is all sorts of incredible if you’re the type to enjoy your luxury with plenty servings of sportiness to go with it.
That, essentially, is what BMW is trying to sell with the Z4 Pure Fusion Design. You get your sports car in full blast and add a special interior that has more leather than you’d expect.
Kudos to Bimmer for killing two birds with one stone. It’s cars like this that can really draw interest back to an aging model, like the Z4.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW Z4 Pure Fusion Design
We are less than 24 hours away from the official launch of the 2014 BMW M3 and M4 Coupe. The much awaited sports coupe and sedan have been around the world showcasing their fancy new bodies and along the sidelines, BMW has been steady releasing details about the powertrain and other technical bits to the media. There’s excitement in the air as the zero hour approaches.
Meanwhile, insiders close to the journalism fraternity are hard work trying to get as much information out to the public as possible. A few hours ago, we brought you the first official high-resolution images of both the cars, which had apparently leaked onto the internet earlier in the day. Now, AutoBild has blown the lid off of the embargo by posting a video showing both the M3 and M4 being thrashed around the Ascari circuit in southern Spain.
Unfortunately, the video is in German. We’re sure those who understand the language will enjoy the introductory video shot by AutoBild magazine, and those of you who do not understand can still understand the language the in-line, six-pot engine speaks. The short video also includes the original E30 M3, giving us an idea as to how much the M3 has evolved in the past three decades.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 F80 BMW M3 and 1985 E30 M3
BMW is all set to launch the 2014 BMW M3 sedan and M4 coupe on Thursday, December 12, 2013. A day ahead of the launch, we bring you the first official images that have leaked onto the Internet. What you are looking at, is a set of official high resolution images of the new M4.
BMW had unveiled the concept M4 at this year’s Pebble Beach Concourse in a brilliant new shade of gold, but BMW did not reveal the interior of the Concept M4. Since the M4 Concept’s unveiling, we’ve spotted test mules of the car in Europe, as well as in the U.S. The M4 was also put through intense tests on the Nordschleife in Germany.
After the official unveiling of the concept M4, BMW released some basic technical details about the upcoming M3 and M4 and, as expected from an M performance car, the 2014 M4 packs some serious power and modern technology.
BMW will announce the pricing for both the M3 and M4 on December 12, 2013. Keep watching this space for more on this.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 M4 Coupe
BMW has added a new entry-level model to its 3-Series lineup and it has debuted it at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. That’s right, the 320i returns yet again…
The new 320i brings back the tradition of Bimmer using the engine size in the model numerals, as the new entry-level model boasts a 2.0-liter four-banger. With BMW now excelling with advanced twin-scroll turbocharger technology, we expect this model to be a top performer in its class – both in speed and efficiency. The 320i will sit just below the current base model, the 328i, meaning we expect it to come in well below that models $36,850 base price.
As is typical for BMW, it can’t just offer up one base model and leave it at that, so it is also offering up a 320i xDrive model, which will feature BMW’s famed all-wheel-drive system. We also anticipate a slew of optional features and packages to come along for the ride, making the entry-level 3-Series even more desirable.
The real test is whether the 320i can stick around this time or if it will disappear yet again.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 BMW 320i Sedan.
While we are all waiting for the next-generation Z4, it looks like BMW has slid in a refreshed version for the 2014 model year for good measure. The model has been caught testing in many times and now it will be making its world debut in January 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show.
BMW’s decision to update for the current generation Z4 Roadster shouldn’t be a big surprise to anyone. First, the current-gen Z4 has been on the market since 2009 and secondly, a final decision on a third-generation Z4 is still to be made.
Of course, the updates on the 2014 Z4 aren’t very impressive; in fact, the U.S. market will be the only one not receiving the biggest update — a new entry-level model that features a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine. Other updates will be limited to the exterior, and will include updated LED headlights and two new set of wheels… That’s pretty much it!
Updated 12/18/2012: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.
Updated 12/26/2012: BMW has unveiled two very cool video for their new Z4 Roadster set to be revealed in Detroit. The new video show the car in action, but also a few exterior and interior design elements.
In addition to the number of world premieres BMW is dropping at the 2013 NAIAS, a new equipment package, dubbed the Limited Edition Lifestyle package, will also be in attendance.
The package is set to be offered to both the 1-Series Coupe and the 1-Series Convertible, and comes with a slew of exclusive and high-quality equipment details that have been designed to add more style and substance to the exterior and interior of the 1-Series.
The package will come with a choice of three colors, including a Mineral White metallic paint that obviously gives the 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models the kind of added shine that makes it stand out from the crowd.
On top of the color options, the program also includes a new set of 18-inch light-alloy wheels and an interior that has been dressed up in brown leather trim with white contrast stitching, a brown leather sports steering wheel, specially badged door sill strips, and what BMW is calling as "Fineline Stream" fine wood trim. Taken all together, the Lifestyle Edition program is really more about classing up the 1-Series than anything else.
The convertible model goes one more by adding in a brown soft top with silver pigments to give it that Twilight-vampire-like shimmer in the sunlight. Okay, maybe not that drastic, but still a cool effect nonetheless.
No word yet on how much the program will set you back, but we expect more details of it when the cars bearing the mods make their debuts at the 2013 NAIAS.
We’ll update you with all of the details as they roll out.
We already know that beginning with the next-generation 3-Series, the coupe and the convertible versions will no longer be offered as a 3-Series model. Instead, BMW will add a new model to its lineup known as the 4-Series.
We are all eagerly anticipating a production version of the 4-Series to show up soon, but BMW will start off with a little teasing, as it will first release a concept model. The 4-Series concept will make its world debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show and BMW has just released the first official details of the upcoming concept.
The new 4-Series will take its design inspiration from the 6-Series Coupe and it will offer "greater sportiness, greater exclusivity and even clearer differentiation" from the 3-Series. It will also be longer and feature a lowered roof line.
BMW offered no details on the engine lineup just yet, but the production version will be offered with the same engine lineup as the 3-Series sedan.
Update 12/7/2012: BMW has just launched a video outlining the all-new BMW 4-Series Concept with higher ups at Bimmer talking about the improvements of the new Coupe.
UPDATE 02/18/13: Leave it to BMW to leave us dumbfounded about a new promo video for the new BMW 4-Series Coupe. It’s in German, which we don’t really understand, but a quick browse through Google Translate seems to suggest that the promo video is saying the that the 4-Series Coupe is "the Ultimate Driving Machine". And who are we to disagree. Check out the video by clicking on the photo above.
Hit the jump to read more about the 2013 BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept.
It looks like BMW will also be unveiling a concept version of the upcoming 4-Series Coupe next to the X4 Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. With about two months left before the car’s official debut, the upcoming 4-Series Coupe has been caught in production form and nearly fully uncovered somewhere in Munich, Germany while being loaded for transport to an internal presentation.
When compared to the current E92 3-Series coupe, the F32 features a sleeker roofline with a more fastback shaped tail end, but not as dramatic as in the Audi A7. The rear quarter windows have also been elongated, but the most visible styling embellishment is the front quarter panel vent, which not only adds a sporty visual flair, but also appears to be an actual functional vent. While the front end is still camouflaged, we expect to see wider and sleeker headlamps which, just like with the 3-Series sedan, will connect with the grille.
The model caught in these pictures is the 435i (or 440i) Sport Line. As you can see, the visible parts of the front bumper show differences from the F30 Sport Line front bumper and there is also a different exhaust system. There is a more prominent center U shaped trim piece which dips down from the inside of the air vents and forms a prominent lip below the license plate area. It also looks to be either black or carbon fiber. The car sits on 19" M Sport Wheels wrapped in 225 tires up front and 255 at the rear.
The next 4-Series Coupe will be offered with a choice of two engines: a 2.0-liter twin-turbo in-line 4-cylinder for the base version and the successor for the current N55 twin-turbo in-line 6-cylinder engine for the top version. Both engines will be available with either a manual transmission or 8-speed automatic, and both should also be available with xDrive.
After the BMW 4-Series Coupe Concept is unveiled in January, production will begin in the spring of 2013. The convertible version will follow later in 2013.
Rumors about a possible BMW X4 have been out and about for quite some time now, but it has been confirmed that a concept version of the X4 will be unveiled in January 2013 at the Detroit Auto Show. According to BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer this will be a near-production prototype that will offer customers a pretty good idea on the X4’s design.
The next X4 will be built on the same platform as the second-generation X3, but it will feature individual styling that will put it closer to the X6’s design. It will be distinguished by a coupe-style roofline, four doors and a heavily angled one-piece tailgate.
Under the hood we will most likely see the same engine as the new X3, including both four-cylinder diesel and straight six-cylinder gasoline engine. BMW will also offer an M version powered by a twin-turbocharged inline six-cylinder gasoline engine - the same to be used in the next M3.
The BMW X4 will go on sale in North America in early 2014. The model will be priced at about $42K and will target models like the upcoming Porsche Macan.
As the first major international auto show of the 2011 calendar year, the North America International Auto Show sees no shortage of manufacturers all looking to break in the new year with a bang.
Some make a tremendous impression on all of us, whereas others just fade into obscurity as soon as the show ends. The challenge for these automakers is to make sure that they bring out products, whether its of production material or it’s a concept that will stand out from the rest.
All the happenings of the Detroit Auto Show took at the Cobb Center in Detroit a few weeks ago so we felt it was an opportune time to provide a heads-up of what vehicles served notice at the event.
This recap will cover all the cars that were officially unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Check out the list and let us know which of these new toys on the block you’d want to be taking home to with you.
Check out the list after the jump.