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What Will 2019 Look Like for BMW?

If you’re looking for innovation in the automotive industry for the coming model year, you usually don’t have to look any further than BMW’s new lineup. This automotive giant is always looking for ways to improve their existing models or create something the world has never seen before. Let’s take a closer look at what the future is looking like for BMW in 2019.

Already Released

A few models are already on the market, which is just the tip of the iceberg since BMW is planning on launching an astonishing 20 new models in the next two years alone. The already-released vehicles include:

  • 8-Series Coupe: First on the block is the new 8-Series Coupe. This sleek beauty will have all the bells and whistles, from a comfortable interior and full entertainment center to a 4.4L twin-turbo V8 engine under the hood that generates 523 horsepower. This is the first time we’ve seen an 8-series car in nearly 20 years, and it will burn a $112,000 hole in your pocket.
  • X5 SUV: The first entirely new model BMW has released is the X5 SUV. This is the 4th generation of the X5 and will have two engine options: a turbo V6 or a V8, depending on your needs. It’s also been changed to use BMW’s CLAR (Cluster Architecture) system, which incorporates carbon fiber, steel and aluminum in the body of the vehicle and works with an electric drivetrain and plug-in hybrid engine styles.

Upcoming

While you can find the Coupe and SUV models on the showroom floor of your local BMW dealership, we’re most excited about the new ones, which include:

  • The Z4: The first new model that should be coming out soon is a two-seater sports car that has been dubbed the Z4. It shares a chassis with the Toyota Supra but will be equipped with a 3.0L twin-turbo straight six engine. While we don’t have any specifics on the exact output of this straight six engine, it’s estimated that it will generate somewhere between 360 and 380 horsepower.
  • The Upgraded X1: The now three-year-old X1 is also getting a makeover in the upcoming year, both inside and out. The exterior is being reworked slightly with changes to the front and rear fascia. The interior will now come equipped with BMW’s infotainment system. The engine options will also be somewhat different to help improve gas mileage and emissions.
  • The X2: The M35i is also getting an upgrade with the new X2 model. With a turbo 4-cylinder engine, it’s expected to be able to do zero to 60 in less than five seconds with a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

This is just a small sample of the dozen or more new and upgraded models that are expected to hit the showroom floor in the next two years.

Industry Trends

As usual, BMW is also at the leading edge of exciting industry trends like electric cars. The automotive giant is planning to mass-produce electric vehicles by 2020, a full two years ahead of Mercedes.

Advances in window tint and film are making BMWs even more comfortable than they already are. Some newer styles can block up to 92 percent of UV light and come completely clear, making it possible to apply them to the front windshield and the windows.

The next two years are looking bright for BMW — we can’t wait to see what they come up with next!

BMW’s X2 Is Fun, But Nothing New

The BMW X2 is the new luxury subcompact SUV from BMW. It’s biggest strengths are that it’s fun to drive, has a sleek exterior design and has lots of brand flashiness for the hardcore bimmer fan.

It’s a little light on room for cargo and passengers, and overall, it doesn’t have a lot to make it stand out from the competition.

Here’s what to expect from the X2:

  • Engine: Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 2.0 L/122
  • Horsepower: 220
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • Miles per gallon: 21 mpg city and 31 mpghighway
  • Seats: Five
  • Base price: $40,000

Design

The X2 is meant to be a sports activity coupe, but it doesn’t really look it from the outside, especially from the front. Inside, the smaller dimensions are more noticeable. The legroom is similar to that of the X1, but there’s less headroom. It also doesn’t have a lot of cargo space — a maximum of 50.1cubic feet.

BMW made some changes when designing the X2. Its traditional kidney grille is wider and the bottom. The car’s C-pillar also has a huge BMW badge, which is atribute to the CS coupes of the 60s and 70s.

In all, the X2 features 20 BMW logos across both the exterior and interior.

Performance

Performanceand handling are some of the X2’s strong suits. It features a 2.0-literturbocharged I4 engine with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Itfeatures an eight-speed automatic transmission.

You get front-wheel drivestandard but can also get all-wheel drive. You can also opt for the M Sport Xpackage, which has an upgraded suspension and revised shift mapping.

The X2 handles excellently around turns and on twisting back roads. If you turn onSport mode, you’ll feel a bit more weight to your steering and a bit of a quicker throttle response. The brakes feel a bit sticky, though, making commuting in traffic a bit uncomfortable.

You also get a fair amount of road noise in the cabin, because of the run-flat tires. Car and Driver measured 67 decibels at 70 mph.

Tech

TheX2 offers the typical BMW suite of iDrive infotainment features and an 8.8-inch touchscreen that you can also control using the center console. One downside of X2’s tech offerings is the fact that it only has one USB port. You can, however, upgrade to wireless charging as an option. You can also add AppleCapPlay, although that will cost you $300. There’s no option for Android Auto.

You’ll also have to pay extra if you want the driver assistance tech that comes with many other vehicles — even less expensive ones. If you want forward collision and lane departure warnings, you’ll need to add a $700 package.

Adaptive cruise control will cost you $1,000. Unfortunately, there’s no option for blind-spot monitoring.

Final Verdict

The BMW X2 is a decent subcompact crossover. There aren’t any significant drawbacks, but it’s benefits aren’t enough to make it stand out from the pack. It’s $40,000 base price isn’t bad, but you’ll likely want to add some features to get enough functionality to make it worth the purchase.

If you’re a BMW fan looking for a subcompact crossover and you prioritize performance and handling, you’ll enjoy the X2. For everyone else, it’s a solid option but not anything spectacular.

BMW Reveals 2020 M340i

BMW has teased us with the reinvention of the 3-Series for a while now, and while they did reveal the 2020 seventh generation 3-series in October, we’re more excited about the new sporty version of this car.

The car giant just revealed the M-variant for this new 3-Series – the M340i. Let’s take a closer look at what this sporty little BMW will bring to the table, and when you can expect to find it at your local dealership.

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Some Stiff Competition

The new M340i will be equipped with a 3.0L Turbo in-line 6 cylinder engine. It’s actually the the same engine that sat under the hood of the sixth generation M340i, but it’s undergone a makeover to pull even more horsepower and torque out of the German engineering.

This particular engine style puts it in direct competition with two other luxury cars in it’s class – the S4 by Audi and the C43 by Mercedes, which both have a 3.0L straight six engine.

The M340i falls squarely in the middle when it comes to horsepower, with it’s newly tuned engine generating 382 horsepower. For comparison, the Mercedes generates 385hp and the S4 brings up the rear with 354 hp.

All the Bells and Whistles

In addition to the engine, the M340i is equipped with all the bells and whistles. One thing that might disappoint BMW purists is the fact that the only transmission option currently available for this model is an 8-speed automatic.

It does come equipped with optional all wheel drive. While it doesn’t make up for the lack of a manual transmission, it is a pretty decent consolation prize.

Other standard equipment includes an electronically controlled differential, and M Sport brakes with a 13.7 inch rotor and 4 piston calipers in the front. Rear brakes are reduced to a single piston caliper.

The suspension in the new M340i has been upgraded too, using a new technology to minimize the amount of road bumps that you feel behind the wheel. The front shocks work to absorb rebound, while the rear shocks can alter the compression as needed.

Of course, if you want all the bells and whistles, you can choose the optional electronically controlled adaptive shocks for an additional cost.

Even the exterior has gotten an upgrade. While it doesn’t look much different than the previous generations of this model, the body shell is lighter and stiffer, decreasing the car’s overall weight by roughly 120 pounds.

BMW hasn’t released any pricing information for this new 3-Series sports car yet, but it should be making an appearance in BMW showrooms across the country in July of 2019 to be ready for the 2020 model year.

We should be seeing price information in the coming months, ahead of the car’s official release. We can’t wait to get behind the wheel of this new M340i though, just to test out that new suspension.

While the lack of a manual transmission might make some drivers balk, BMW definitely tries to make up for it with all the bells and whistles that they’ll be including as standard equipment on this sporty new model.