BMW makes big changes to its lineup for 2014, introducing the new 2-Series and 4-Series of coupes, along with a few new variants of familiar models.
BMW has retired the 1-Series, replacing it with the 2-Series for 2014, which feature styling and proportions that are more similar to rest of the BMW’s cars than the stocky 1-Series. There will be a pair of 2-Series models at launch, the 228 and the M235.
BMW's bread and butter 3-series also adds models for 2014, including Gran Turismo (touring) versions of the 328 and 335, as well as a diesel variant (328d). The coupe/convertible versions of the 3-series have been separated into the newly christened 4-Series, which leaves the sedan, sport wagon, and now Gran Turismo bodystyles. Rear-wheel drive is standard, while an xDrive all-wheel drive system is newly offered on the sedan but standard on the wagon.
The 4-Series is new for 2014 and covers the convertible/coupe versions of the former 3-series. They retain the same engines as their 3-series counterparts. Both the M3 and M4 take 2014 off, but will return after a redesign in 2015.
The 5-series is now offered in four versions, the 528, 535, 550, and M5, each getting its own engine. The 528 gets a 240-hp, turbocharged four-cylinder and the xDrive system as an option. Both the 535 and 550 are also available in “hatchback” form as the 535 Gran Turismo and 550 Gran Turismo. The 550 Gran Turismo's twin-turbo V-8 gets a bump up to 445-hp for 2013.
The sporty 6-series coupes and convertibles added two four-door models last year, 640 Gran Coupe and 650 Gran Coupe. The 640 and 640 Gran Coupe share a 315-hp, turbocharged inline-six while the 650 and 650 Gran Coupe have the same 445-hp twin-turbo V-8 found in the 550. BMW’s iDrive infotainment system comes standard, as is a backup camera.
Topping out BMW’s lineup of passenger cars is the 7-series of flagship sedans, which represent the pinnacle of BMW luxury, while maintaining a performance edge. The 7-series offers four variants to choose from: the 740, 750, 760, and the green ActiveHybrid 740. The different variations again refer to the different available engines, a V-6 for the 740, a V-8 for the 750, and an enormous V-12 for the 760.
BMW also makes a roadster in the form of the Z4 convertible and its standard folding hardtop.
Also offered is a quarter of crossovers, each with different sizes and aims. All of them, save the X1, come with xDrive all-wheel drive standard. The X1 debuted last year, slotting in below to the X3 to become the smallest crossover that BMW offers. It features RWD standard, and your choice of turbocharged four- or six-cylinder engines.
The X3 compact crossover offers two turbocharged engine options and a standard eight-speed automatic.
Moving up, the midsize X5 crossover was the first crossover offered by BMW, and it gets a full redesign for 2014 with new exterior styling and a big upgrade for its in-cabin technology offerings. The xDrive35d diesel trim also returns after taking a year off. The X6 combines the styling and performance of a coupe in the body of a crossover and is one of the most uniquely styled cars on the road today and BMW actually refers to the X6 as a “sport activity coupe,” with two available engines that output 300- and 400-hp respectively.