BMW at the 2017 NAIAS

BMW presents the all-new 5 Series, the X2 Concept and updated 6 Series

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Over the past decades, the BMW brand has established a sporty reputation, focusing on the driver and driving dynamics. If you have ever driven a model from the Bavarian automaker, you will recognize this DNA immediately. No matter what model you drive. Consequently, also the all-new BMW 5 Series puts driving dynamic first. Additionally, also latest trends in connectivity and autonomous driving will be made available.

The two eye-catching models, showcasing BMW’s philosophy in Detroit, are the BMW 530e plug-in hybrid and the M-inspired BMW M550i xDrive.

Until the all-new BMW M5 arrives in 2018, the BMW M550i xDrive climbs at the top of the 5 Series line-up. BMW M has engineered the M550i with a high-revving V8 engine. Since you won’t find a lot eight-cylinder engines out there anymore, BMW shows quite some courage. Let’s hope it pays off! Looking at the performance of the M550i, you find a total power output of 462 horsepower (340 kW) under the hood. Peak torque of 479 pound-feet (650 Nm) is already available at 1,800 rpm. While you can reach the 62 mph (100 km/h) mark within 4.0 seconds, BMW promises a fuel rate of 26.4 mpg (8.9 l/100 km). A number, you might only reach in the laboratory but not on the Autobahn.

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On the other side of the table, BMW presents us the environmental-friendly model of the new 5 Series. The BMW 530e iPerformance, powered by eDrive technology, becomes the sixth member of the iPerformance model range. You can cover a distance of 31 miles (50 km) purley on electric power. However, you shouldn’t be in a hurry. BMW has limited the maximum speed while driving in eDrive mode to 87 mph (140 km/h). Next to the electric motor, a turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine powers the sedan. The combined power output adds up to 252 horsepower (185 kW). All power is sent to the rear-wheels. BMW’s all-wheel drive system xDrive isn’t available for the plug-in hybrid.

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Alongside the introduction of the all-new 5 Series, we also see the next development stage of BMW Connected. BMW Connected is a digital platform providing tailor-made solutions for the individual mobility demand of the driver. You receive a personalized start screen as standard and a Remote 3D view via the smartphone enables the driver to keep an eye on his new 5 Series at all times.

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Additionally, we see the Concept X2 in Detroit. While the world premiere of the X2 was already at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, the concept celebrates now its first appearance in the United States. The design of the X2 is somehow different to all current X-models. You can see a long wheelbase, a stretched roofline and short overhangs. However, the concept car is still positioned in the compact segment.

Last but not least, also the BMW 6 Series receives some new options and features. Customers can now select a new exterior color, called Sonic Speed Blue metallic, and new bi-color 20-inch M light alloy wheels. Furthermore, a carbon fiber interior trim is made available as an option of the M sport package.

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