The 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show becomes the first event ever to showcase three new vehicles from BMW in North America. On November 18, attendees to the said event will have an exclusive first peek at the new eDrive BMW 330e, BMW M4 GTS, BMW X1 and the BMW 7 Series.
They will be joined by the BMW 7 Series (G11/G12), the eDrive BMW X5 xDrive40e, the new BMW 3 Series, the high-performance eDrive BMW i8, and the all-electric BMW i3.
The BMW 330e is a hybrid machine that makes use of both an electric motor and a BMW TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder engine to power the car’s propulsion. The use of these two components results to a power rating of 248 bHP, which also produces a 310 lb-ft. of torque.
These capabilities result to an impressive acceleration – zero to 60 mph in just 5.9 seconds! The total traveling range of the BMW 330e is at roughly 373 miles!
After the showcase at the LA Auto Show, the 330e from BMW is scheduled to be released to US showrooms in spring of next year. Joining the BMW 330e in making a debut appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show is the 2016 model of the BMW M4 GTS.
The M4 GTS is one beast that’s meant to run on the racetrack. Powered by an M TwinPower turbo engine with a rating of 494 bHP and fitted with a track-ready chassis, the M4 GTS achieved an impressive 7 minutes and 28 seconds lap time in the Nürburgring-Nordschleife racetrack.
People who are interested in getting this new race car from BMW should pre-order now, as there will only be 700 limited edition units that will be sold worldwide. Three hundred of these are available in the United States.
Like the 330e, the BMW M4 GTS will be displayed in US showrooms beginning Spring 2016. Not to be outdone is the BMW X1. This luxury car from BMW features large space in the interiors and, in turn, bigger capacity for both luggage and passengers.
As for its power plant, the BMW X1 will feature the BMW Efficient Dynamics technology and a 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo engine with 4 cylinders. The engine produces 228 bHP and 258 lb.-ft. of torque.
With an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission mated to the engine, the new X1 is able to reach 60 mph from a standstill in just 6.3 seconds. True to its luxury tag, the BMW X1 (F48) offers an extraordinary driving experience with its all-wheel drive system.
Unlike the first two models, the BMW X1 xDrive28 became available on October 24 this year for the price of $35,795 including Destination and Handling.
The Los Angeles Auto Show will also feature the BMW 7 Series, which sets the bar for lightweight design, dynamics in driving, passenger convenience and comfort, connectivity and user-friendliness. Thanks to BMW’s EfficientLightweight concept, the new BMW 7 Series automobiles are 190 pounds lighter than their predecessors.
The weight savings are made possible by Carbon Core passenger cell technology, which utilizes the material carbon fiber-reinforced plastic or CFRP. In addition to CFRP, the cars were conceptualized by strategically applying weight reductions in various parts of the automobile.
Aside from the innovative weight-saving design, the BMW 7 Series cars also feature new technologies like Gesture Control, Wireless Charging and Display Key. Coinciding with the cars’ debut in North America, BMW will also be offering an Active Kidney Grille to US buyers of the BMW 7 series for the first time.
With an on sale date of October 24, 2015, the BMW 7 Series will be sold at MSRPs of $82,295 for the BMW 740i, $95,395 for the 750i Sedan, and $98,395 for the BMW 750i xDrive all including Destination and Handling. Rounding up the lineup is the BMW x5 xDrive40e.
The xDrive40e is the first of its kind in BMW’s roster, being the only eDrive Sports Activity Vehicle offered by BMW so far. It makes use of both a gasoline and an electric engine, resulting to a horsepower rating of 308 and torque of 332 lb.-ft.
The engine is none other than BMW’s 2.0 liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine. The electric motor is an integral part of the 8-speed automatic transmission that’s mated to the engine. The car’s electric range is 13 miles, after which it switches to the gasoline engine.
The BMW x5 xDrive40e can accelerate to 60 mph from a standstill in just 6.5 seconds. The car is a great drive even in undesirable road conditions, as it has an all drive system that keeps it stable and the traction optimized. The 2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e hits US showrooms with a price tag of $63,095 including Destination and Handling.