Almost every year, BMW launches a series of updates for its model range or at least for a large part of it. It’s that time of year again and the Bavarian automaker has made public the new engines and features it will start offering its customers of certain models. However, it is important to note that the following information relates exclusively to the European market.
BMW purists will probably be pleased to hear that the new 2 Series Coupe gets a new 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. As standard, this block is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission sending 245 horsepower (180 kilowatts) to the rear wheels. Every 230i coupe will feature a launch control feature for acceleration from 0 to 62 miles per hour (0 to 100 kilometers per hour) in just 5.9 seconds. As an option, customers can also get an M sport differential in the final drive.
The Active Tourer, the less exciting sibling of the 2 Series Coupe from the same family, gets all-wheel drive available from March. The 223i xDrive Active Tourer uses a 48-volt mild-hybrid four-cylinder turbo engine, delivering 218 hp (160 kW) sent to all four wheels. Surely these are not hot hatch numbers, but they are sufficient for a 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.9 seconds. Not bad for a small family van.
Moving up the ranks, the 4 Series Gran Coupe gets a new version in the form of the 430i xDrive Gran Coupe. It’s a four-door coupe powered by a 2.0-liter engine, sending its power to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive AWD system. Meanwhile, from spring this year, the X3 and X4 will come standard with the Active Cruise Control system with stop and go functions, which replaces the old standard cruise control with brake function.
If you’re interested in the iX, BMW’s most sophisticated production electric vehicle to date, from March 2022 it will be available with the Parking Assistant Professional feature. It can store different maneuvers with a route length of up to 658 feet (200 meters) each. If you return to any of the previously mapped points, the system can take over the entire parking process, which includes accelerating, braking, steering, and shifting from forward to reverse.