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BMW: What's coming in 2010 -- and beyond


2010 BMW 760i

2010 BMW 760i

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1-SERIES: HD radio is now standard, and automatic high beams are an option. The 128i Coupe loses its standard sunroof; it's now a $1,050 option.

3-SERIES: The standard stereo now includes HD radio, and automatic high beams have been added to the options list. The 328i and 328ix sedans, wagons and convertibles get new wheels, while the 328i/ix coupe and sedan no longer get a sunroof as standard.

5-SERIES: A new hatchback version of the 5-series (photo), called the Gran Turismo (GT for short), will be introduced towards the end of 2009 as a 2010 model. Sedans and wagons get a new version of the iDrive dial controller as well as an available M Sport package, which adds unique interior and exterior trim including an aerodynamic body kit, M-series wheels, a unique steering wheel, and an optional Sport Automatic transmission, which is programmed for crisper shifts and offers steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles.

6-SERIES: The navigation system has been upgraded and BMW Individual customization options have been expanded.

7-SERIES: Three new models join the 7-series lineup: The all-wheel-drive 750i xDrive, the V12-powered 760i, and the ActiveHybrid 7, all available in standard or long-wheelbase (750Li/760Li) versions. The 760 gets an all-new 6-liter V12 engine with twin turbochargers and direct fuel injection. Output is 544 horsepower, and peak torque -- all 553 lb-ft of it -- is delivered from 1,500 all the way up to 5,000 RPM. The 760 will play host to BMW's first 8-speed automatic transmission and will get all the comfort and convenience features in BMW's arsenal, including air suspension, four-zone climate control, night vision and adaptive cruise control that can start and stop as needed in heavy traffic. The ActiveHybrid 7 (]photo) uses the 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 with auto-stop functionality and a lithium-ion battery. BMW says the ActiveHybrid 7 will accelerate to 60 in 4.8 seconds, making it one of the fastest hybrids in the world. BMW will offer an M-Sport Package for all non-hybrid 7s, which includes 19" wheels with performance tires (20" optional), unique interior and body trim, and an Active Roll Stabilization system for rear-drive models.

M3: HD radio now comes standard and automatic high beams are optional.

M5: Aside from the latest version of the iDrive controller, the M5 is unchanged.

M6: The M6 gets the new iDrive controller, but is otherwise unchanged.

X3: The moonroof moves from the standard-equipment list to the options list, and HD radio is now standard.

X5: (photo) The X5 SUV -- sorry, SAV -- gets a new "M" version with a 555 horsepower twin-turbo V8, stiffer suspension, and racy body trim. Changes for other X5 models include a new iDrive controller, upgraded navigation system with high-res screen and 80 GB music server, standard HD radio, optional automatic high beams, and a "Top View" feature for the backup camera.

X6: Two new versions of the X6 will be offered: The 555 horsepower X6 M (photo) and the X6 ActiveHybrid. The ActiveHybrid will combine a twin-turbocharged V8 engine and an electric motor; peak combined power output is 480 hp and 575 lb0ft of torque. The hybrid X6 will be able to run in electric-only mode up to 37 MPG. All X6 models will get HD radio, a power-operated tailgate, a new iDrive controller and an updated navigation system as standard. The rear view camera gets a "Top View" feature, and automatic high-beams are now optional.

Z4: HD radio is now standard and automatic high beams are optional.


FOUR-CYLINDER ENGINES: BMW hasn't sold a 4-cylinder car in the US since they axed the slow-selling 318ti in 1999. But higher CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards have BMW considering four-cylinder engines for the 1-series, 3-series, X1 and X3. BMW is reportedly working on a high-tech direct-injection four-cylinder engine that produces more power than the normally-aspirated inline six in the 128i and 328i. The problem? The new engine could cost more than the current inline six, and BMW isn't sure American buyers will be willing to pay a premium for two fewer cylinders.

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