Price Range (MSRP): $32,850 (2-Series) to $81,300 (7-Series)
BMW has upheld a long reputation as the “Ultimate Driving Machine”. Performance has always taken precedence for each of its luxury vehicles. For 2016, BMW is introducing a few new variants to their lineup, including the M2, 330e plug-in hybrid, 340, and X5 eDrive.
Let’s start with the agile 2-Series. It comes as a coupe or a convertible with rear-wheel or all-wheel drive. Two models are available: the 228 and the M235.
Ever since the 2-Series had been conceived, driving enthusiasts have been waiting for the M2 Coupe. Finally, it has arrived and promises incredible performance. Powering the M2 is a 365-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder mated to a standard 6-speed manual transmission or optional 7-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive. An integrated navigation system comes standard.
The 3-Series line of sport wagons and sedans have been given a mid-cycle update, which includes subtle changes to the exterior, LED headlights, and suspension and steering revisions. Returning 3-Series models include the 320, 328, 328d, and 335 Gran Turismo.
The 330e is a new hybrid that offers a 14-mile electric car range (approximately 240 miles total) and a fun driving experience. It is powered by a 248-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter 4 cylinder, combined with an electric motor, an 8-speed automatic, and rear-wheel drive.
The new 340 sedan boasts a new 320-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter 6-cylinder engine mated to an 8-automatic and rear-wheel drive. A 6-speed manual transmission is available at no extra cost. All-wheel drive is also available.
The 4-Series line of performance 2-door, 4-door, and convertible coupes also returns. It includes the 428, 428 Gran Coupe, 435, and 435 Gran Coupe.
Few luxury sedans are considered to be finer than the 5-Series. It comes as a standard 4-door sedan or a sedan with a liftback. Models include the 528, 535, 535d, 535 Gran Turismo, 550, and 550 Gran Turismo.
Various changes have been made to the 6-Series coupe, convertible, and 4-door Gran Coupe. The front fascia opens slightly wider, giving it a more athletic appearance. 6-cylinder models also have larger tail pipe openings.
The redesigned 7-Series has been given a weight reduction, more interior amenities, and a longer wheelbase. BMW’s familiar dual kidney front grille has its largest iteration yet, sinking into the front bumper. LED headlights are now standard.
The compact X1 SUV has been redesigned with more passenger room and a new powertrain. Its new exterior has sharper body lines and a larger dual kidney front grille, which is similar to the X5. While rear-wheel drive is no longer an option, all-wheel drive comes standard.
The X3, X4, and X6 get enhanced USB and Bluetooth connectivity for phone and audio. A Harmon Kardon premium audio system is now standard on the X3 xDrive35i model.
A plug-in hybrid variant for the X5 is now available: the X5 eDrive. It is powered by a 2.0-liter 4 cylinder paired with an electronic motor and all-wheel drive. It has a 13-mile electric range.
Driving enthusiasts, who are looking for even more excitement, still have a lot of options with the M3, M4, M5, M6, X5 M, and X6 M.