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New for 2016: BMW

New for 2016: BMW

By Philly Murtha, February 03, 2016

BMW’s 3 Series—the core model in the German sport luxury automaker’s “Ultimate Driving Machine” lineup for 40 years and top-volume model in the U.S. market—is refreshed for 2016. BMW also introduces a redone flagship 7 Series sedan that features the company’s latest technology, including Gesture Control for operating infotainment functions in the cockpit. Also for 2016, enhanced Bluetooth with text messaging, extra mic, synching phonebooks, and USB connectivity is standard on more models. In addition, BMW introduces its X1 small premium SUV and updates the 6 Series coupe and convertible models. BMW’s first plug-in-hybrid SUV—the X4 xDrive40e—is added to the lineup. And for sport driving enthusiasts, some M variants receive a new Competition package option with handling upgrades and extra power.

Following is an overview of new or updated features for each 2016 BMW model:



2016 BMW M2 Coupe photo2016 BMW 2 Series/M2

  • Standard anti-theft system
  • Sport Line featuring sport seats, black high-gloss trim, accents, new wheels is standard on 228i
  • M2 is new with sleek exterior and interior and advanced safety technology
  • M2 is powered by a new turbocharged, 3.0-liter straight-6 engine that produces 365 horsepower and 343 lb.-ft. of torque, mated with 6-speed automatic transmission




2016 BMW 3 Series photo2016 BMW 3 Series/M3

  • Refreshed sedan and sport wagon with improved chassis
  • Sportier front and rear; sculpted, longer hood; set-back cabin; new headlight and taillight treatments
  • Interior updated with more chrome and high-gloss surfaces; lid for cupholders; new controls for adjusting seats
  • More fuel-efficient range of gasoline engines with output from 180-320 horsepower and a diesel that produces 180 horsepower
  • Newly developed manual and automatic transmissions
  • Standard Sport Line with special seats, trim, wheels on 328i, 328d, and 340i (including xDrive)
  • 340i sedan debuts with new inline-6 engine, producing 320 horsepower with 330 lb.-ft. of torque partnered with 8-speed automatic or 6-speed manual transmission
  • New Track Handling package with Michelin Super Sport tires optional
  • Enhanced Premium package with LED adaptive headlights, moonroof, lumbar support, 1-year free satellite radio, and 16-speaker sound system standard on 340i
  • Available color head-up display
  • Standar park-assist technology
  • First-ever plug-in hybrid 330e debuts
  • Colors added to exterior paint range include Mediterranean Blue Metallic, Platinum Silver Metallic, and Jatoba Brown Metallic
  • Estoril Blue Metallic exterior paint color available only for cars equipped with M Sport package
  • M3 sedan features new rear LED lights; more chrome accents; improved navigation unit; dashboard updates; keyless entry; 1-year free satellite radio; Harman/Kardon sound system; and Competition package option with handling upgrades and extra power boost




2016 BMW M4 GTS photo2016 BMW 4 Series/M4

  • Sport Line standard on 4 Series coupe along with 18-in. wheels; matte chrome exterior trim and anti-theft alarm system
  • Keyless entry standard on 435i and 435i xDrive coupes
  • Standard sport seats, lumbar support, leather steering wheel with red stitching, and key fob
  • 1-year free satellite radio; Harman Kardon sound system standard on coupe
  • Special edition of 300 2016 M4 GTS track-ready coupes available
  • Competition package with handling upgrades and extra power boost available this spring for M4 coupe/convertible
  • M4 variants include standard keyless entry, 1-year free satellite radio, Harman Kardon sound system
  • M4 sedan features standard power tailgate and new paint option: Tanzanite Metallic Blue




2016 BMW 535i xDrive Wagon photo2016 BMW 5 Series/M5

  • Enhanced USB and Bluetooth
  • New wheel style selection available
  • Power tailgate standard on 550i and 550i xDrive sedans
  • Satellite radio, Harman Kardon surround sound standard on 550i and 550i xDrive sedans and Gran Turismo
  • Gearshift paddles standard on Gran Turismo and ActiveHybrid 5
  • Tanzanite Blue Metallic exterior paint color
  • New Venetian Beige/Black SensaTec and leather upholstery combinations offered for all sedans




2016 BMW Alpina B6 xDrive Gran Coupe photo2016 BMW 6 Series/M6

  • Updated exterior styling elements and cabin details for all body styles, including 640i, 650i, and M variants
  • Standard redesigned adaptive LED headlights, automatic high beams, redone grille, new side mirrors and trim
  • Two new bi-color interior leather upholstery with wood trim selections
  • Next-generation iDrive infotainment/navigation system with touchpad control standard with enhanced Bluetooth
  • Five new exterior colors, including Frozen Brilliant White Matte
  • Standard sport exhaust system (640i)
  • Standard camera for reversing and rain-sensing wipers
  • New optional advanced driver safety and premium audio systems
  • Competition package with handling upgrades and power boost available for M6 coupe, M6 Grand Coupe, and M6 convertible




2016 BMW 7 Series photo2016 BMW 7 Series

  • Redesign of flagship sedan with standard long-wheelbase model gaining 1 in. in length
  • Lightweight carbon fiber-reinforced plastic reduces vehicle weight by 190 lbs.
  • Active kidney-shaped grille and air ventilator for cooling engine is first-time option in U.S.
  • Available 7-in. touch-command tablet
  • Wireless charging, Wi-Fi hot spot connectivity standard
  • New panoramic LED roof, ambiance lighting inside, LED lit carpet standard
  • 740i features 18-in. wheels, xenon headlights, sunroof, keyless entry/ignition
  • 750i equipped with19-in. wheels, power-closing doors and trunk lid, and LED headlights with automatic high beams
  • Interior includes standard leather upholstery, heated memory front seats, latest connectivity features and navigation, plus high-end sound system
  • 740i and 750i xDrive feature newest technologies: Gesture Control, Wireless Charging, and Display Key
  • Plug-in hybrid version is anticipated later this year




BMW i3 photo2016 BMW i3

  • New BMW i remote app for new Apple Watch extension of iPhone to control auto and driving functions (late availability)
  • More options, three new colors, and contrasting black accent trim




2014 BMW i8 photo2016 BMW i8

  • New BMW i remote app for new Apple Watch extension of iPhone to control auto and driving functions (late availability)




2016 BMW X1 photo2016 BMW X1

  • All-new, second-generation design is roomier with a sleeker, taller look
  • X1 xDrive28i only model to be offered in the United States
  • Built on new front-wheel-drive platform shared with Mini Cooper; features some aluminum components
  • Features BMW EfficientDynamics technology and connectivity
  • Powered by new, fuel-efficient, 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, partnered with 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Cabin offers more front and rear legroom, expanded cargo area
  • New SensaTec seating upholstery available in Black or Canberra Beige
  • More driver-friendly instrument panel with center console controls angled toward driver
  • New driver-assistance safety and communication technologies available
  • Hands-free power liftgate available as part of X1 Premium package
  • M Sport package offered later this year with sport seats, paddle shifters, and sport-tuned suspension




2015 BMW X3 photo

2015 model shown

2016 BMW X3

  • Enhanced USB and Bluetooth standard
  • Harman Kardon sound system standard on X3 xDrive35i
  • Pricing reduced on Driver Assistance, Technology option packages




2016 BMW X4 M40i photo2016 BMW X4

  • New X4 M40i available with swept-back roof, edgy drive technology of the M engine, which generates 355 horsepower and 343 lb.-ft. of torque when mated with 8-speed automatic transmission




2016 BMW X5 xDrive40e photo2016 BMW X5/X5 M

  • Standard 4-zone automatic climate control
  • Standard Harman Kardon sound system with 1-year free satellite radio
  • First plug-in hybrid variant—the X5 xDrive40e—launches with EPA fuel-economy rating of 56 MPGe




2015 BMW X6 xDrive50i photo2016 BMW X6/X6 M

  • Standard premium Bluetooth package
  • xDrive50i model includes standard 4-zone climate control, Harman Kardon audio, and satellite radio




2016 BMW Z4 photo2016 BMW Z4

  • Sport seats standard on Z4 sDrive 28i
  • Four new optional sport packages with reduced prices
  • Crimson Red, Valencia Orange paint colors no longer available


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