As BMW technicians, we love repairing BMWs, driving BMWs, and learning everything about BMWs. These cars are works of art. And there’s a reason for that — BMW has vision, one that embraces innovation and the future. The company doesn’t drop the ball and is always looking for ways of making an already amazing car lineup even better. That’s the core business philosophy that has driven the car company to be one of the best European vehicles on the market when it comes to quality and class.
The company recently announced its model revision measures moving forward: Increased efficiency through consistent electrification, optimised emissions and innovations in the areas of driver assistance and digital services are at the top of the list.
“From November 2020, all models of the premium brand will meet the requirements of the currently strictest exhaust emission standard Euro 6d. In the BMW 5 Series, the range of plug-in hybrid models has been extended by three new variants. New inline 6-cylinder diesel engines and 48-volt mild hybrid technology lower fuel consumption and emissions of selected models in the BMW 3 Series and BMW 8 Series. In addition, further engines will supplement the drive portfolio of the BMW 1 Series and the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé.”
Safer City Driving & Personalized Features
Upcoming features include the new Urban Cruise Control function — part of the Driving Assistant Professional option in many current models for added comfort and safety. Models equipped with BMW Operating System 7 will enjoy BMW News for personalised audio news. The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant will also be expanded further. BMW fans will have the option of new body finishes and optional extras.
A Focus on Renewables
BMW also plans to focus on efficiency, rolling out new models powered by renewable energy. The company plans to soon premier five plug-in hybrid models in the BMW 5 Series.
Automotive World reports:
“New engines will be available from November 2020 for the BMW 1 Series and the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé. The new BMW 116i (combined fuel consumption: 5.8 – 5.4 l/100 km*; combined CO2 emissions: 133 – 124 g/km) is powered by a 3-cylinder petrol engine with an output of 80 kW/109 hp and a maximum torque of 190 Nm. It is equipped as standard with a manual 6-speed transmission and accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 10.6 seconds. A 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch is optionally available. In addition, the model range will be expanded to include the new BMW 120i (fuel consumption combined: 5.8 – 5.5 l/100 km*; combined CO2 emissions: 134 – 126 g/km). Its 4-cylinder petrol engine generates a maximum output of 131 kW/178 hp and a maximum torque of 280 Nm and is combined as standard with a 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch. The new BMW 120i accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in 7.0 seconds.”
As BMW technicians, we’re particularly excited to hear about the new entry-level diesel engine for the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé. The 3-cylinder diesel engine of the new BMW 216d Gran Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 4.1 – 3.8 l/100 km*; combined CO2 emissions: 108 – 99 g/km) delivers a maximum output of 85 kW/116 hp and a maximum torque of 270 Nm. This beauty transmits its power to a 7-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch as standard and enables acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 10.3 seconds.
That’s some serious torque. We only hope the BMW brakes are up for the job. The good news is BMW aims to increase the safety of its lineup with optimized safety features for driving in urban traffic.
Automotive World reports:
“The increased level of comfort and safety achieved through combined speed and distance control will also be available in numerous current BMW models when driving in city traffic from autumn 2020 onwards. In conjunction with the optional Driving Assistant Professional, the Urban Cruise Control function is available in the BMW 3 Series and BMW 5 Series, the BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, the BMW 8 Series and the BMW X5, BMW X6, BMW X7, BMW M5, BMW M8, BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M model series. It extends the range of functions of the Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function by a traffic light recognition function. In addition to vehicles and traffic signs ahead, traffic lights registered by the stereo camera are also taken into account.
“In the case of traffic light signals that are clearly related to the lane you are travelling, these are automatically registered by the speed and distance control system. If the traffic light is red, the system decelerates the vehicle to a standstill. A green light signals the continuation of the journey. In a more complex intersection situation where, for example, different light signals apply to different lanes, a traffic light symbol is displayed in the instrument cluster. The driver can then confirm the light signal shown there and continue to use the automatic speed and distance control or control the speed himself. For additional comfort in city traffic there is a drive reminder function. While stationary at a traffic light, the current traffic light phase is displayed in the instrument cluster; at the beginning of the green phase, the driver also receives a signal to start driving.”
Specialized BMW Repair
That kind of innovation is why we get so excited to repair BMWs. These are beautiful machines. We love troubleshooting these cars, repairing them, and tweaking their top performance. If you have a BMW, bring it into our auto repair shop. We are one of the few car mechanics in Cincinnati to specialize in BMWs and European cars. Bring your BMW to us for repair, and it will be serviced by a quality BMW technician, guaranteed.