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6818BMW 5 Series Next Gen Spy Shots 001 Next gen BMW 5 Series sedan spotted with production body, possible PHEV

The current BMW 5 Series is just a few years old since its 2009 debut, but the Bavarians are already preparing to put the model out to pasture. Here’s our first glimpse at the production bodywork for the next-gen sedan after spotting the wagon version during testingtwice.

While the cladding and swirling camouflage make specific details difficult to discern, it doesn’t look like we should expect any massive changes in design language from the new model. The nose appears to dip a bit more at the tip of the front end, but otherwise there’s no way to mistake this as anything other than a 5 Series. Squint hard enough at the front left fender and you can notice what seems to be a small door. Our spies think that this might be hiding the charging port for a plug-in hybrid version.

While the styling doesn’t appear to be changing much, the next 5er reportedly has a new platform underneath the skin that supposedly will help it shed around 220 pounds. The debut for this lighter but likely similar looking BMW is expected sometime in 2016.

Next-gen BMW 5 Series sedan spotted with production body, possible PHEV originally appeared on BMW Top News on Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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d5a0bmw 7 series spy 04 Next BMW 7 Series interior spotted

fef3bmw 7 series spy 01 Next BMW 7 Series interior spottedThe next BMW 7 Series looks to be leading a rather dramatic change of the company’s interior styling, judging by this new series of spy photos.

In the trio of shots, we can see that the next 7 Series will replace the high-quality plastic buttons of the brand’s iDrive, HVAC and secondary audio controls with some very, very pretty aluminum pieces. We can also see what looks like haptic touch controls for some of the HVAC systems. While the 7 Series interior has never been bad, it’s lagged notably behind the Audi A8 and new Mercedes-Benz S-Class. This brightwork should be taken as a good sign, then, that BMW is preparing to take the fight to its countrymen. Aside from the handsome new switchgear, the large, wide nav screen looks like a pop-up unit, while it appears to be running a new version of the company’s infotainment system.

These spy photos also give us our most detailed look at the 7 Series’ new laser headlights. According to our spies, these will be an optional extra, while LED headlights will be standard. The high-output lights will flank a wider pair of kidney grilles that our spies claim will give the 7 a sportier look. Changes in back are still camouflaged, although our shooters claim the new lamps will be more angular than the current car’s.

Expect the next 7 Series to make its debut in the second half of 2015, which could indicate a debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Next BMW 7 Series interior spotted originally appeared on BMW Top News on Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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89e1bmw 1 series spy 06 BMW 1 Series sedan interior revealed

8730bmw 1 series spy 01 BMW 1 Series sedan interior revealedThe next BMW 1 Series Sedan has made another appearance following our last peek at it in September, and this time, the gallery of images even reveals part of the new car’s interior.

Of course, if these images prove anything, it’s that manufacturers take camouflage of the interior just as seriously as they do the exterior. We can see in these images a fairly simple cabin, with what looks like a fixed central display. It’s quite small, although the housing itself is rather large, so we could be looking at a more basic form of iDrive rather than the full-featured set. Overall, though, this cabin more or less confirms that the 1 Series Sedan will fit in with the rest of the BMW family quite nicely.

Outside of the interior images, though, there isn’t a lot of new stuff revealed by these images. As for when we’ll see both the interior and exterior fully undisguised, our spies continue pointing to a 2016 debut with a 2017 on-sale date.

Take a look at the images, up top.

BMW 1 Series sedan interior revealed originally appeared on BMW Top News on Sun, 09 Nov 2014 10:55:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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2c44bmw x4 m40i spy 02 1 BMW X4 M40i caught production ready

It seems like BMW is pretty committed to this whole X4 thing. Aside from the current xDrive28i and xDrive35i, we’ve captured a round of spy photos showing what our spy shooters tell us is a more dynamic M40i model.

The higher-performance hunchback follows in the footsteps of BMW’s other sub-M cars like the M235i. In fact, much like the high-po 2 Series, the M40i is expected to make use of a 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder, developing 365 to 375 horsepower.

Aside from that, the rest of the X4 M40i fits the brief of other near-M models, with a more aggressive body kit, larger wheels, firmer suspension and brawnier brakes. Expect some mild tweaks inside, too, including sportier seats and an M-specific steering wheel.

Judging by the uncamouflaged nature of this tester caught testing on Germany’s Nürburgring, production will kick off before the end of the year, perhaps in December. That means a LA Auto Show debut is likely, provided BMW opts to sell the hotter X4 in the US market. Take a look above for our full gallery of spy photos.

BMW X4 M40i caught production-ready originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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a7e8BMW M4 GTS Spy Shots 001 Are you a BMW M4 GTS track car in disguise?

BMW is always happy to extract a little bit more gumption out of its M cars, just look at the latest 30th anniversary M5 or even the earlier CSL variants of the M3 for proof. Now, It looks like we might be getting the first glimpse of an even hotter M4, and it’s wearing very interesting livery.

Our spies recently shot this M4 that could preview a future GTS version. It’s all done up in MotoGP decals, but that might just be a ruse. This car sports a camouflaged lower air dam and rear wing, but those parts don’t appear to be from an actual series safety car. The chin spoiler seems larger, and the rear wing is completely different. You can also spot an obvious Recaro logo on the driver’s seat in one of the photos. Plus, the BMW emblem is removed at the back.

The disguised changes and odd choice of decals make this prototype incredibly weird. A BMW exec said at the beginning of the year that there were “no plans whatsoever to make a lighter, harder version just yet,” of the M3 or M4, despite earlier rumors to the contrary. Check out the gallery to see what you think this is.

Are you a BMW M4 GTS track car in disguise? originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:28:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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af48001 bmw 1 series sedan spy shots628opt BMW 1 Series sedan prepares to fight Mercedes CLA, Audi A3

The entry-level premium sedan segment is pretty hot right now, with the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class doing well for their respective automakers here in the US. Of course, BMW has its 2 Series, but that’s currently only available as a coupe, with a convertible bodystyle forthcoming. That all looks to change, however, as our spies recently caught BMW testing a four-door 1 Series sedan that seems to have the A3 and CLA clear in its sight.

BMW’s entry-level four-door is expected to ride on the same front-wheel-drive UKL platform that we recently spied in Mini Countryman form. We’re pretty sure this thing will launch under the 1 Series line (odds for sedans and wagons, evens for coupes and convertibles), but it’s anyone’s guess with BMW – after all, the five-door, front-drive Active Tourer wears a 2 Series nameplate.

Look for the 1 Series sedan to launch sometime in 2016 as a 2017 model. Better late than never in the entry-lux segment, we suppose.

BMW 1 Series sedan prepares to fight Mercedes CLA, Audi A3 originally appeared on BMW Top News on Thu, 04 Sep 2014 18:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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3ee8001 bmw m2 spy shots628opt BMW M2, were happy to see you

I recently spent some time behind the wheel of the BMW M235i and, well, I didn’t love it. Sure, it’s a great car, but I just didn’t truly bond with it the way I have with previous M cars. What I had hoped for was a proper successor to the 1 Series M Coupe I fell in love with in 2011, but what I got instead was just a sporty 2 Series that didn’t exactly stir my emotions in the same way.

But now there’s this: the honest-to-goodness BMW M2. Previously, spy photographers captured a development-mule M2, but this is the real thing, in its full prototype body. Notice the aggressive front fascia that mimics the M3/M4, the more more robust wheel/tire package, and the M-standard quad exhaust outlets around back. This thing sure does look the business.

Details are slim as of this writing, but rumors suggest power will come from BMW’s now-ubiquitous N55 turbocharged 3.0-liter six, with output somewhere in the 360- to 380-horspower range. The seven-speed M dual-clutch transmission seems like a good fit here, too. As does a six-speed manual transmission (here’s hoping).

BMW M2, we’re happy to see you originally appeared on BMW Top News on Wed, 03 Sep 2014 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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