BMW to exhibit four new models at 2016 Auto Expo
BMW will pull the wraps off four models including three new models and one revamped model at the 13th edition of Auto Expo slated to begin in first week of February next year. Among the new models, BMW M2, BMW X1 SUV and BMW 7-Series sedan are included, while a revamped version of the BMW 3-Series is slated to be revealed at the Expo.
From what we know so far, BMW M2 is the successor to the 1-Series M Coupe which was launched in limited numbers internationally. This would be the smallest vehicle from the M clan of cars from BMW slotted beneath the M3 and M4 in the global range. Under the hood will be a high displacement 3.0 litre, six-cylinder, turbo petrol N55 power-plant which currently powers the 1-Series M Coupe. Likely to be available in manual and auto transmissions, the 0 – 100 acceleration times for both the versions are confined to 4.2 seconds and 4.5 seconds respectively. While top speed on offer is claimed to be 250 kmph it can be bumped up to 270 kmph. As for the Indian launch, BMW may roll out the M2 in 2016 April.
To fight competition in the entry level luxury SUV segment, BMW is working on a facelifted version of the X1 which will underpin an all-new front-wheel drive platform. Hence the updated BMW X1 will have a larger stance and generous cabin space. The Indian spec X1 may house a 2.0 litre, diesel engine propagating 189 bhp of power. Transmission duties will be done by an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Power will be sent to all four wheels via the xDrive all-wheel drive unit.
Next in line is the updated 7-Series which appears better and has an up-market cabin as compared to its predecessor. Presence of state-of-the-art features, better ride quality and razor sharp handling make the new 7-Series totally irresistible. Back with a vengeance, the new version will pose a strong threat to arch rival Mercedes-Benz S-Class and may be launched at the upcoming Auto Expo.
Moving onto the fourth vehicle, updated 3-Series; the vehicle will feature minor styling changes that make it appear wider than the outgoing model. Up front, a revamped bumper equipped with a larger air-dam goes unnoticed. There is also an option for redesigned LED head lights on select trims, besides the rear too features restyled tail lights. Mechanical duties will be performed by the 2.0 litre diesel engine available in the current version.