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All-new BMW X6 revealed ahead of Moscow motor show debut

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New version of BMW’s upmarket SUV will arrive in UK dealers in December, with prices starting at £51,150

The new BMW X6 has been revealed, with this second-generation model building on the upmarket coupé-like SUV that pioneered a new and lucrative market niche when it was launched in 2008.

Set to make its public debut at the Moscow motor show in August, the second-gen X6 is the latest in a long line of new BMW models revealed in recent months. It is due to go on sale in the UK in December, priced from £51,150.

Despite a slow start in the midst of a global financial downturn, the first-gen X6 has proved highly successful. BMW claims global sales of more than 250,000; that’s an annual average of more than 40,000 throughout its six-year production cycle.

The second-gen X6 has been comprehensively re-engineered in a joint development programme with the recently introduced third-gen X5, alongside which it will be produced at BMW’s US factory in South Carolina.

The styling of the new SUV has been progressed using an evolutionary approach that retains a similar silhouette to its predecessor’s but with even bolder detailing at the front and rear. The body of the new SUV receives a more structured look than its predecessor, with subtle nods to the smaller and cheaper X4.

The new X6 is slightly 
bigger than its predecessor, but not by as much as earlier disguised prototypes had suggested. At 4909mm in length, 1989mm in width and 1702mm in height, it is 34mm longer, 4mm wider and 12mm higher than the outgoing X6. The wheelbase has been reduced by 2mm, to 1933mm.

It hits the scales 10kg below that of the old model at 2065kg in its lightest xDrive30d guise, despite higher equipment levels.

Inside, the latest X6 receives a restyled dashboard, more heavily contoured seats and luxurious trims – much of which are shared with the X5. Load space has increased, but only modestly. At 580 litres, the new X6 offers 10 litres more luggage capacity underneath its cargo blind than its predecessor with its newly configured 40/20/40 rear seats in place.

BMW has revealed three launch engines for the new X6 – one petrol and two diesels. All engines are mated to a standard-fit eight-speed automatic gearbox and BMW’s xDrive four-wheel drive system, which can be enhanced with a Dynamic Performance Control option that adds an electronically controlled torque vectoring function for added traction.

Crowning the line-up at the launch will be the xDrive50i, which runs a turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine. It produces 443bhp and 480lb ft of torque, up 42bhp and 37lb ft
compared with its predecessor. It can dispatch the 0-62mph sprint 0.6sec quicker than its forebear, at 4.8sec.

Among the initial pair of diesels being made available for the X6 is BMW’s widely used turbocharged 3.0-litre, in-line six-cylinder engine. It produces 254bhp and 413lb ft 
in the X6 xDrive30d. It’s good for 0-62mph in 6.7sec, combined economy of 47.1mpg and CO2 emissions of 159g/km.

Rounding off the launch line-up is the X6 M50d, which receives the same tri-turbocharged 3.0-litre, six-cylinder diesel as its predecessor, with 376bhp and a stout 545lb ft of torque. It is now capable of 0-62mph in 5.2sec, BMW claims, and top speed is limited at 155mph.

In spring 2015, BMW plans to add successors to the xDrive35i and xDrive40d to the new X6 line-up.

BMW is already talking up the dynamic properties of the new X6, suggesting that it improves on the already impressive on-road traits of its predecessor. It is underpinned by a newly developed aluminium-intensive chassis that features a combination of double wishbones up front and a multi-link arrangement at the rear. A reduction in unsprung masses is claimed by BMW to provide added agility and improved response.

 

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Mini launches new F54 Clubman

Mini launches new F54 Clubman

Mini goes maxi with the launch of their new F54 Clubman, with this new 2015 model looking closer to Countryman size for added usability.

The new model should first hit the market in the first six months of 2015, offering a five door Mini with comfortable 2 + 3 seating. While it will still feature the iconic rear club doors, the single driver-side door will become two standard car doors thanks to both customer feedback and the desire for the added safety of having a B pillar on both sides.

Rear legroom will no longer be an issue in the F54 Clubman – even with the increased width that allows for a third seat in the back. Those who want a Mini but with greater boot space will be happy, as the length and width of the boot will be drastically increased, and there will be no issues with loading bulky or heavy items in as the hinging of the rear club doors will mean that the Mini F54 Clubman will feature significantly greater load angles. One big change at the rear, however, is that the rear lights will be integrated into the doors of the boot – and in terms of style and shape, will look very similar to those featured on the Paceman.

The design of the new F54 Clubman has already been signed off, with BMW now creating prototypes and conducting manufacturing assessments, ready for a probable launch before the second half of 2015.

The BMW i3 may get an early production boost

Having invested around £1.7 billion in the development of the BMW i3, the research and development team at BMW must have been waiting with baited breath to see what the response from the general public would be like.

As it turns out, they needn’t have worried. Interest in the vehicle has significantly exceeded expectations and as a result, BMW may have to increase the level of production of the i3 very soon.

BMW_i3BMW has already taken a large number of reservations and if this level of interest holds, the German car giants are likely to have to expand their operation regarding the production of the i3 in order to meet public demand.

It was a bold idea for BMW to try and create a game changing electric car from scratch. Other companies have taken the safer route by basing their electric cars on existing models. It seems that the investment has begun to pay off as people are getting very enthusiastic about the carefully crafted, environmentally friendly addition to the BMW fleet.

One of the key issues that members of the general public have consistently voiced since the inception of the first electric cars is the limitation on the driving distance of battery operated vehicles.
BMW_i3_1Whilst it is fair to mention that there is a range extending version of the BMW i3 available which enables you to take on petrol for longer journeys, people’s biggest issue with full electric vehicles has been the concern that the distance you can travel might not be enough.

In this case however, it doesn’t seem to have dampened the spirits of the masses of people registering an interest in the i3 before it has even been released.

Perhaps this change is simply down to the fact that people have been waiting for a top quality car manufacturer to commit to building a full electric car from scratch. There is something not particularly reassuring about companies simply fitting an electric engine into a conventional fuel based model chassis.

This may even be a tipping point for electric vehicles as trust in the concept is obviously increasing.

If BMW continue to see great levels of interest in the i3 after it is released, it will encourage other car manufacturers to start taking their own full electric car projects more seriously.

Why you should wait for a used BMW X5 – not buy a new one

The name BMW is synonymous with quality: people always take a good hard look at a BMW when they see one on the street, and many long to own one of their own.

It’s no surprise then that the new BMW X5 has drawn a lot of interest from all over the globe, from the man on the street but also from various media organisations. It’s easy to see why – high levels of performance both on and off road, combined with supreme levels of comfort for both driver and passengers, mean this is a car anyone would want sitting on their driveway.

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Having said that, though, buying a new car is often considered silly. Value is only going to go one way and, if you wait a year, you’ll be able to pick up a nearly-new one for a fair discount. That’s exactly the case with the X5. For a brand new BMW X5 you’ll be paying a minimum of £42,590 – which is a substantial amount of money to the vast majority of people.9196

Wait for one to appear on the used car forecourts, though, and you could pay significantly less. What will you lose from buying second hand? Not a lot, in reality: the dealership will refresh the interior so you’ll still drive away with that ‘new’ car smell and feel, while you’ll likely obtain a warranty as well.

What’s more, before you drive away the car will have undergone thorough checking – so it will be ‘nearly new’ in every possible sense. These days, cars age very quickly, so buying a new car is, more often than not, a mistake – sooner rather than later the car will be officially old, and the value will deteriorate rapidly.

BMWs in general are well known for their longevity. Save your money, and wait a while, and you could own a BMW X5 for the rest of your life, that is almost new when you buy it.