BMW model year refresh, March 2011

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Munich. BMW will enter spring 2011 with important new models and model variants, as well as a large number of product upgrades and new features. The changes to the BMW model range focus on pioneering innovations for enhanced efficiency, aesthetic design and superior driving dynamics.

The new models and model upgrades will be available from March 2011. The new BMW 1 Series Coupe and the new BMW 1 Series Convertible will get some carefully selected design modifications and improved aerodynamic qualities.

Elsewhere in the range, the BMW 320d Touring EfficientDynamics Edition will make its debut, and two new six-cylinder engines and the M Sports package will be introduced to the new BMW X3. Spring 2011 will also see new apps from BMW ConnectedDrive to integrate iPhones, iPods and internet services. There will also be new model series-specific options and new BMW Individual features, while new xDrive versions will be added to the BMW 5 Series.

The new BMW 1 Series Coupe and the new BMW 1 Series Convertible.
The new BMW 1 Series Coupe and the new BMW 1 Series Convertible will incorporate carefully selected modifications that will make these models even more dynamic and efficient. The restyled front apron creates “air curtains” which counteract turbulence in the wheel arch area, thereby also reducing drag. Other new touches include restyled headlights and rear lights, high-grade refinements to various controls, and new exterior paint colours, upholstery and interior trim.

BMW 320d Touring EfficientDynamics Edition: more space, less CO2.
Like its counterpart the BMW 320d Sedan EfficientDynamics Edition, the BMW 320d Touring EfficientDynamics Edition, due for launch in spring 2011, reflects BMW’s world-leading expertise in developing cars that combine extra-low emissions with dynamic performance. The BMW 320d Touring EfficientDynamics Edition has 120 kW/163 hp of power on tap, but records fuel consumption of just 4.3 litres/100 km (65.7 mpg imp) in the EU test cycle (114 grams of CO2 per kilometre). The powerplant is a latest-generation common-rail direct-injection turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engine. This all-aluminium unit develops peak torque of 380 Newton metres (280 lb-ft) at just 1,750 rpm. It accelerates the five-door estate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.3 seconds and provides a top speed of 223 km/h (138.5 mph). Adding to all these statistics is generous luggage space of up to 1,385 litres (48.9 cu. ft).

The new BMW X3: bigger, more dynamic, more comfortable.
With extra agility, improved ride quality and increased interior space, the newly launched BMW X3 looks set to continue the success of its predecessor, over 600,000 of which were built and sold around the world. With the start of the new model year in spring 2011 the new X3, built at BMW’s US plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina, will acquire two more six-cylinder engines. The new BMW X3 xDrive30d is powered by a 190 kW/258 hp six-cylinder diesel unit and, just like the four-cylinder BMW X3 xDrive20d, offers the best balance between performance and fuel consumption in its power class. Also new is the BMW X3 xDrive28i, whose 3.0-litre naturally aspirated engine with VALVETRONIC has the same power rating as the new diesel engine, at 190 kW/258 hp. Equipped as standard with the BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system and featuring four state-of-the-art engines including a 225 kW/306 hp unit in the BMW X3 xDrive35i, the BMW X3 Sports Activity Vehicle is again setting the standards in its class.

BMW M Sports package for the BMW X3.
From model year 2011, the new BMW X3 will also be available with the M Sports package, which was specially developed by BMW M GmbH to provide an even more intensive driving experience for the new Sports Activity Vehicle. The M Sports package comprises a range of high-end suspension, aerodynamics and exterior/interior components. These include the M Aerodynamics package, M alloy wheels and interior styling features geared to maximise driving enjoyment. All these features take the dynamic driving qualities of the new BMW X3 to new levels, while also lending them a distinctive visual dimension. The BMW M Sports package for the BMW X3 will be available in South Africa from April 2011.

New options and new BMW 5 Series xDrive versions.
Various other new model versions and equipment features will add to the diversity, cutting-edge feel and attractiveness of the BMW product range. New optional equipment features include steering wheel shift paddles in BMW 1 Series models, BMW Head-Up Display with full-colour capability in the BMW 5 Series, and the upgraded rear telephone with WiFi hotspot function for the BMW 7 Series. New model variants, meanwhile, include xDrive versions in the 5 Series featuring the intelligent BMW all-wheel-drive system.

BMW ConnectedDrive: new interface for the integration of iPhone apps.
For the first time following the introduction of MINI Connected, the BMW Group is now also offering selected iPhone applications in a BMW for integrated use in the vehicle. This new capability – so far unmatched by any other carmaker – further enhances the already extensive BMW ConnectedDrive package of features and sees BMW once again underline its leading role in the field of in-car integration technology. Designed to improve the integration of the Apple iPhone in the vehicle, this option will be available from spring 2011 in conjunction with the launch of the new BMW 1 Series Coupe and new BMW 1 Series Convertible. This interface for the first time allows features such as Facebook, web radio and Twitter to be shown on the vehicle display and accessed using the iDrive Controller.