NEW BMW 6 SERIES
It’s time to say goodbye to the current 6 Series and hello to a far more interesting version entirely. More aesthetically interesting at least, as BMW is finally showing us the 6 Series ‘Concept’ it’s been teasing us with in disguised prototype form for months. In the metal, the new one doesn’t disappoint.
Outside the ‘Concept’ 6 takes cues from both the mildly dull Gran Coupe Concept and BMW’s heritage to create something truly different. The long bonnet, short overhang and low profile give the impression that it’s far more elegant and stylish facsimile of the old car which, in this case, is no bad thing.
Inside is all about the driver. There’s a freestanding 10.2-inch display for the iDrive system bang in the middle of the instrument panel, a HUD as per the outgoing 6, and sound provided by the audio wizards at Band & Olufsen.
Currently we don’t know what engines will power the finished 6 Series, but it’s safe to expect a thoroughly ‘remappable’ 635d and 635i as well as a turbocharged 650 V8.
NEW BMW X3 F25
BMW has officially unveiled the all-new second generation X3 SUV which goes on to replace the out-going first generation model. The new X3 which also carries the F25 designation has grown in size and apparently sits on the next-generation 3-Series platform. The new X3 is taller by 12mm, 83mm longer, 28mm wider while featuring a ground clearance that is 12mm more. Wheelbase has also increased in length, by 15mm to be exact making it 2,810mm.
The new X3 definitely is a step forward in terms of it’s looks compared to the previous model but I can’t say that it is the best looking SUV Munich has ever produced. The shape of the headlights could have been better as it currently makes the front of the X3 look a little un-BMW-like. No complaints thus far about the interior though. A good combination of clean, uncluttered design with a premium look.
Under the hood, European buyers will enjoy two engine options at least until more options become available. First up is the X3 xDrive20d which uses a 4-cylinder 2.0 liter turbo diesel which makes 184hp at 4,000 RPM and 380Nm of torque achievable between 1,750 and 2,750 RPM. The fuel efficient diesel engine allows the X3 xDrive20d to offer a fuel economy figure of 5.6 liters per 100 kilometers.