2017 upgrades for BMW announced

BMW will be releasing a host of 2017 upgrades for its product range with the introduction of more efficient, stronger-performing four- and six-cylinder engines for the BMW 1 and 2 Series. There will also be new additions to the BMW iPerformance range of Plug-in-Hybrid models.

2017 upgrades will see the BMW M140i and M240i models will replace the previous M135i and M235i, respectively. These M Performance models are to be powered by a new 3.0-litre straight-six engine employing TwinPower Turbo technology delivering a maximum of 340hp and 500Nm of torque.

The M140i has a zero to 62mph time of 4.6 seconds (automatic). The M240i Convertible goes from rest to 62mph in just 4.7 seconds. These increases in speed are claimed to be accompanied by a reduction of up to seven per cent in fuel consumption over the previous engine range. Official figures for the BMW M140i hatchbacks and M240i Coupé are 36.2mpg (manual) or 39.8mpg (Sports Automatic), with respective CO2 figures of 179g/km and 163g/km. The M240i Convertible has a claimed fuel efficiency of 34.0mpg in manual guise and 38.2mpg as an automatic, while their respective CO2 emissions are 189g/km and 169g/km.

The new 2017 M Performance models will also feature electric wastegate control, a close-coupled catalytic converter, an on-demand cooling pump and map-controlled oil pump, electronic power steering, Auto Stop Start and Brake Energy Regeneration. Owners will also benefit from a rev-linked vibration damper helping to enhance the car’s smoothness.

BMW has also made additions to the BMW iPerformance range. Three of these plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models – the BMW 225xe Active Tourer, BMW 330e saloon and BMW X5 xDrive40e – are already on sale. They will be joined next year by the BMW 740e and 740Le xDrive saloons, all to be sold under the new iPerformance banner. OTR prices for the BMW 740e and 740Le xDrive start from £68,330 and £74,880 and are available in the Exclusive or M Sport trim.

Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Executivecondominium. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.