BMW facelift autumn 2021: 440i, M440d,i3, iX3

Sales start for iX and i4, an i3 special model and a six-in-line with rear-wheel drive in the 4-seater convertible: The BMW model update measures for autumn 2021.

The BMW model update measures for autumn 2021 bring three new drive variants for the 4 Series Convertible and a standard automatic transmission for the X1 18d and X2 18d with all-wheel drive. The sale of two new electric cars will also start in November: with iX and i4 , new driver assistance systems and the further developed iDrive will be launched. The iX3 gets predictive battery heat management for charging at DC fast charging stations. There are also new exterior colors for some models and more functions for the "My BMW" app.

BMW 440i Cabrio: straight-six without all-wheel drive

In the new M440i Cabrio, BMW combines the straight-six with rear-wheel drive for the first time in this model. The well-known three-liter engine with a 48-volt mild hybrid transmits its unchanged output of 374 hp to the rear axle with an M sport differential via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The open four-seater accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds. The WLTP consumption is given as 7.7 to 8.3 liters. The price of 73,400 euros is 2,500 euros below the all-wheel drive version.

The M440d xDrive Cabrio is the second new drive variant in the open 4 Series. Here, too, an in-line six-cylinder works – albeit a compression-ignition engine. The three-liter turbo diesel with 48-volt support delivers 340 hp and generates 700 Newton meters of torque. All-wheel drive, an eight-speed automatic transmission and an M sport differential are standard on board. The time for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h is specified as 5.0 seconds, the WLTP consumption is 6.0 to 6.6 liters of diesel. The new diesel top model of the series is available from 76,800 euros.

The third new engine in the 4 Series Cabrio is a four-cylinder petrol engine with all-wheel drive: The two-liter turbo engine in the 430i xDrive Cabrio delivers 245 hp. All-wheel drive and eight-speed automatic transmission are standard, the M-Sport differential costs extra. The four-cylinder 4-series accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds. The WLTP consumption is 7.3 to 8.1 liters of premium petrol. The 430i xDrive Cabrio costs €62,300 – €2,500 more than the rear-wheel drive version.

BMW X1 and X2: diesel with automatic transmission

From autumn 2021, the two compact SUVs X1 and X2 in the 18d xDrive diesel version will automatically switch gears as standard. With the eight-speed Steptronic, both models accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 9.4 seconds. According to the WLTP, consumption for both models is between 5.4 and 6.1 liters of diesel per 100 kilometers. The X1 xDrive 18d now costs 39,100 euros, the X2 xDrive 18d is in the price list at 41,300 euros, so it is 2,200 euros more expensive. If you want to drive the X1 or X2 with manual transmission, you have to take the basic diesel or basic petrol engine with front-wheel drive.

New colors for 1 Series, 2 Series Gran Coupé, X2, X3, X4

From November 2021, BMW will be offering the exterior color Skyscraper Gray Metallic for the 1 Series, X2 and X3. The color aventurine red metallic is new to the range for the X3 and X4. The customized paint finish Frozen Pure Gray Metallic is available for the 1 and 2 Series Gran Coupé.

App with tire forecast

The "my BMW" app is getting new functions. Images transferred from the Remote 3D View service are stored in a gallery with date and location. For some models, the app will be able to display the tire pressures and forecast the remaining service life of the tires. For this purpose, values ​​for temperature, pressure and speed of the tires are evaluated in the background. The function is available for these models: BMW 1 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, the new 2 Series Coupé and Gran Coupé, Z4, X5, X6 and X7.

BMW iX3 with battery conditioning

The battery management of the iX3 will have a new function in November 2021 that could improve charging on the go: With active route guidance, the battery is heated to the ideal temperature before charging at a high-power charging station brought. With this cooling or heating of the battery, called preconditioning, the stay at the DC fast charger should last less. For preheating, the heat management takes into account, among other things, the battery temperature, the remaining range, the overall route and the expected charging capacity.

Special model for the i3

The i3 electric car, which has been on the market for eight years, will be available in November as a limited special model. The Unique Forever edition is limited to 2,000 copies worldwide. 350 copies are planned for Germany. All are made exclusively with electricity generated by wind turbines on the factory premises in Leipzig.

The Edition Forever is painted either in Aventurine Red Metallic with an accent in Frozen Gray Metallic or in Storm Bay Metallic with an accent in Frozen-E-Copper. The kidney is designed in the respective accent color. At the rear, the trim strip and the lettering on the tailgate are omitted, the bumper gets a black insert. Inside, there are specific design elements in the Suite equipment world. "Unique Forever" is embroidered on the headrests, and "One of 2000" is written on the door panel panels. There are no prices for the special model yet.

Conclusion

Business as usual: Like every autumn, BMW is rearranging the range, adding model variants, colors and functions. There is a special model for the electric classic i3, which could also be a farewell model. A strong battery update would have been more useful - because in terms of format, functionality and sophistication, the consistently well thought-out pioneer is still unique on the market eight years after its debut. Embroidered headrests are not needed to emphasize this.

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