BMW gives engine and trim updates to X5, 4- & 3-Series

Article by Anita Panait, on September 30, 2013

Starting November 2013, BMW’s X5 will receive new engines while its 4 Series Coupe and 3 Series Touring will get a new trim and the carmaker’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The X5 range will feature three new engines. The sDrive25d, particularly, will be powered by a 215bhp twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel. It is the first X5 to feature a four-cylinder engine and to be offered in rear-wheel drive only.

The X5 xDrive35i now comes with a 302bhp six-cylinder petrol engine while xDrive40d now features a 309bhp six-cylinder diesel engine. The third-generation BMW X5, which will be available this December, will feature more optional extras with the Driving Assistant Plus system that now includes the Traffic Jam Assistant function. Also coming as an option is the latest generation of the BMW Parking Assistant.

The 4 Series Coupe and the 3 Series Touring will feature a new trim level dubbed as BMW Modern Line, in addition to the Sport and Luxury Line packages. BMW Modern Line features exclusive bespoke light-alloy wheels and aluminum satinated design elements. It also features an Oyster color shade for the seats and roof liner, a sports steering wheel and variable-color ambient lighting.

Likewise, the intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system will come as standard for the new flagship 313bhp BMW 435d Coupe and as optional for the 420i and 430d Coupe. The BMW 3 Series will also get a new all-wheel drive model in the persona of a 335d xDrive Touring, which is powered by the 313bhp six-cylinder twin-turbocharged diesel engine that runs the 435d Coupe.

Trademark BMW design components fuse with unquestionable presence, strength and flexibility to give BMW X models their unique look. What's more, this design language has been given an up-to-date and head-turning upgrade for the new BMW X5. The sizes of the third-generation Sports Activity Vehicle are again determined by a short front overhang, elongated wheelbase, upright A-pillars and the short distance between the front axle and instrument panel. The especially bulky design of the BMW kidney grille, set within the triangle of the twin circular headlights and front foglamps, and the bumper's X-shaped contour lines additionally check it out as a member of the BMW X model family.

The all-new BMW X5 has an amazingly broad-set kidney grille protruding all the way to the headlight units, and the trademark BMW twin circular headlights, in turn, extend well into the vehicle’s side panels. Their light rings are both levelled off at the base and covered at their top edge by a LED accent light. Sweeping chrome inserts and the iconic three-dimensional design of the lights underline the vehicle’s elite character.

LED front foglamps can be determined as an option, while the similarly alternative Adaptive LED Headlights are distinguished by the horizontal light sources in the center of the light rings. The BMW X5 xDrive50i and BMW X5 M50d are furnished with xenon headlights as default.

The front apron, with side air intakes situated far to its external edges, attracts significant attention to the wide track and planted position of the brand-new BMW X5. Furthermore, the vehicle’s striking underbody protection components give a significant gesture to its vigorous and flexible character. Also, drag-reducing Air Curtains make their premiere on a BMW X model.

These vertical openings direct the inflowing air around the wheel arches, where it makes a curtain of air above the wheels before making a controlled escape through the Air Breathers in the side panels.

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