BMW has announced an assortment of updates for the fall including the launch of a mild-hybrid system in the 5-Series.
Starting there, the 520d sedan and wagon will come equipped with a 48V starter-generator and a second battery. The starter-generator allows the engine to be completely shut off during coasting and this helps to reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.3 L/100km.
Furthermore, the starter-generator can act as an electric motor and this adds an “extra dose of dynamism when accelerating under full throttle.”
Speaking of the 5-Series, the M550d xDrive Sedan and Touring will now come equipped with BMW Laserlights. The high-tech headlights have a high-beam range of up to 2,133 feet (650 meters).
Moving on, the M135i xDrive will be offered with a new M Performance package. It features a high-gloss black grille as well as mirror caps and exhaust tips with a black painted finish. The option also deletes the standard storage package and adds special 18‑inch lightweight alloy wheels. The latter changes reduce the car’s weight by approximately 22 lbs (10 km) and this helps to improve the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) time by a tenth of a second.
The 8-Series Gran Coupe might be new, but it’s already getting some updates. In particular, the M850i xDrive and models equipped with the M Sport package will be offered with a new carbon fiber roof. Customers will also have the option of ordering new carbon fiber interior trim.
On the crossover side, the X5, X6 and X7 will gain an assortment of BMW Individual options in December. These include BMW Individual paint and 22-inch lightweight alloy wheels. Inside, customers can order an Alcantara headliner, piano black trim and full Merino leather.
The X6 also gains new options such as Ash Grain Brown or Fineline Stripe trim. There’s also new paint colors, carbon fiber exterior accents – a rear spoiler and mirror cars – and a load compartment package that includes “sliding rails, non-slip rails and retaining nets.”
Furthermore, the X5 and X6 gain an enhanced Driving Assistant Professional system which now includes Lane Change Assistant. The X5 xDrive30d and X5 xDrive40i will also be offered with an Adaptive M Suspension Professional group which adds active roll stabilization, integral active steering and an M Sport differential.