BMW introduces changes for the summer

BMW introduces changes for the summer

German luxury car maker BMW has announced some changes to its range for the coming summer, including a number of new engines, four-wheel drive options and new automatic transmission.

There is a new engine for the 2-Series Coupe. Known as the 228i, this 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit produces 242bhp but still delivers an economical 42.8 or 44.8 miles per gallon depending on the gearbox.

Another change for the 2-Series Coupe is the introduction of a four-wheel drive option for the M235i. With this addition the model can sprint from 0-62 mph in 4.6 seconds using the now-standard eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox.

There are also new engines for the Gran Coupe and the 4-Series Convertible, with extra drivetrain options. The entry-level 420i Convertible will have the option of a four-cylinder petrol turbocharged engine, with the addition of three new diesel engines to the range. Selected Gran Coupe models will have the option of all-wheel drive.

There is a new eight-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox for all 2-, 3-, 4- and 5-Series cars, which will also be used in the X5 SUV. This innovative gearbox is linked to the navigation system, enabling it to 'read' the road ahead and ensure that the vehicle is in the correct gear.

The new upgraded models will be made available by the company some time during the summer.  BMW has not released any details on pricing, but a small increase from previous models should be expected.