Several new models join BMW lineup

BMW 650i convertible
The refreshed 2015 BMW 650i Convertible. Photos by Benjamin Yong, additional photos courtesy of BMW Canada.

Everything seems to be going right for BMW these days. A recent report shows that 2014 represented the 24th year of consecutive growth for the Munich-based German automaker, and January sales are up nearly 10 per cent compared to last year.  It’s not by accident — in the last few months alone they’ve facelifted the 6 Series, completely redesigned two X models and just last week announced a brand new vehicle, the 2 Series Cabriolet. And they’re not done yet.

“The BMW Group will launch more than a dozen new models and model revisions this year. This means we will have a lot to offer Canadians,” said Hans Blesse, president and CEO of BMW Group Canada, in a news release.        

Here’s a rundown of some of the latest developments from Bavarian Motor Works.

2015 BMW 650i Gran Coupe

6 Series

This third-generation luxury grand touring vehicle has been massaged for MY2015, and is offered in three different forms: the two-door Coupé, the Convertible and the four-door Gran Coupé. The aesthetics have been altered quite a bit: the signature BMW kidney grille has been enlarged for additional engine cooling, the front and rear fascias have been given a more aggressive makeover and the six cylinder models sport larger rear tailpipes. The headlamps are now full-LED and with Adaptive LED technology available as an option.

2015 BMW 650i Convertible interior

Engine choices for the 6’s include two TwinPower Turbo engines: a 315-horsepower inline six cylinder for the 640i, and a 445 hp V8 for the 650i. An eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission is standard. Upgrades to engine management and the more aerodynamic body results in a 0.2 litres less fuel burned per 100 kilometres compared to the outgoing 6 Series.

2015 BMW X6 M


Arriving this spring, BMW refers to the 2015 X5 M and X6 M as a Sports Activity Vehicle and a Sports Activity Coupé, respectively. The X5 M combines the practicality of a SUV with the raw power represented by the M badge, and the X6 M redefines the utility vehicle class with looks usually reserved for two-door sports cars.

2015 BMW X6 M rear

Compared to the previous iterations, the outside of the redesigned all-wheel-drive crossovers now feature bigger grill openings, Air Breather vents that improve reduce turbulence and improve fuel economy, quad exhaust setup and a rear spoiler on the X6 M.

Both share a new 4.4-litre M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine with more horsepower and torque than ever before: 567 hp (three per cent increase) and 553 lb-ft of torque (10 per cent increase). Zero to 100 km/h takes only 4.2 seconds.

2015 BMW 228i Cabriolet

BMW 2 Series Cabriolet

Not since the discontinued 1 Series Cabriolet has the world seen another premium drop-top in the subcompact segment from BMW. Coming soon to showrooms, consumers will see two variants of now familiar cars — a 228i convertible with the xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system, and an open-top version of the M235i.

Starting at MSRP $45,200, the former utilizes a 2.0 L turbo mill with a maximum output of 241 hp and peak torque of 258 lb-ft. Even with those numbers and AWD, the 228i is still expected to deliver a fuel economy rating of 7.2 L/100 km on the highway and 10.6 L/100 km in the city.

2015 BMW 228i Cabriolet above view

Add an additional $6,700 and you upgrade to the M235i. A larger 3.0 L motor churns out 322 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque controlled by either a six-speed manual gearbox or an optional quick-shifting eight-speed sport automatic transmission, which also provides a launch control function maximizing traction and performance dynamics from a standing start. 

Posted by Benjamin Yong

Benjamin Yong is a freelance journalist and communications professional living in Richmond, B.C. He is often found writing about cars and the auto industry, amongst other things, or driving around in his work-in-progress 1990 Mazda MX-5. Twitter: @b_yong Instagram: @popuplights