Showing posts with label bmw. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bmw. Show all posts

Thursday, June 11, 2020

2021 BMW 4 series: Are we getting used to it yet?

As I mentioned before, I think I am...
The weird cartoonish grille doesn't bother me that much anymore. And the rest of the car is really good looking. And probably even nicer in the flesh (Like the 8 series is)
I also like the interior very much. Which seems much simpler and classier than that Audi has been doing lately.

How about you? Are you getting used to the new 4 series?

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

2021/22 BMW 4 series Gran Coupe

It is not very hard, now that we have seen the real 4 series, to guess what the Gran Coupe (4 door hatchback) version will look like.
Which means these illustrations are probably very close to the real thing.

As I mentioned earlier, I am slowly getting used to that weird/huge/cartoony grille design.
I think this 4 door version could look quite nice...

Sunday, June 07, 2020

2021 BMW 4 series in the wild

I do have to admit that I am actually getting used to this. Almost...

I even really like the interior. Which is strange since it is exactly the same as the current 3 series (Since the 4 is actually a "3 coupe"). And I was really not crazy about it when the current 3 series came out.
I still think it might be a bit much on light colors, and probably looks better on a darker car.

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

2021 BMW 4 series

There it is. The real thing.
I guess some people will get used to that giant obnoxious mouth.
I don't think I will. I just hate giant useless grilles in general anyway. This is a huge step back in design.
None of these huge grilles fit the rest of the cars they are used one. This is just a huge trend.

Imagine if the next thing is "huge mirrors". Just huge rearview mirrors on all cars.

Monday, October 07, 2019

Mystery BMW SUV...

At first I thought this was the production version of the upcoming iNext EV.
But it actually does not really match other spy shots.
Plus, 4 exhaust pipes. (Which, of course, could be part of the camouflage. )
But the rear hatch seems to be opening much lower than on the other iNext prototypes...
And the headlights do look different....

Otherwise, what could it be?
Some new version of the X3? X5?

Since all BMW SUVs pretty much look the same, it is really hard to say.

What do you think?

- iNext?
- X3 EV?
- Some new X3 version?
- Some new X5 model?

Something else?

Monday, July 18, 2016

All new 2017 BMW 1 series sedan

We've know for a while it was coming. So here it is.
Looking like any other BMW sedan designs form the last 10 or 15 years.

BUT. It is their first front wheel drive sedan. Using the same platform as the new Mini Cooper and BMW Active Tourer.
Which is fine, since most people won't really care.
All they will care bout is that BMW badge they could now have for about $30 000.
Just like the Mercedes CLA or Audi A3,
all these cars need to do is look like their more expensive relatives.

So far, BMW is keeping this one for the Chinese market.
But with such competition with Audi and Mercedes, I can't imagine this car not being offered in the US soon.
Since the A3 and CLS have been really good to Audi and Mercedes in the US.

Monday, May 02, 2016

2017 BMW i3

It pretty much looks the same.
Except maybe, the dark wood finish inside, which I haven't seen before?

And, finally, the large sunroof will be available in the US. (It was only available last year as part of some limited edition series)

The big news is the new battery.
It now gets a 115 miles range.
Much better than the 81 miles from the current version.
But really, still behind the best. In just a few months, the cheaper Chevrolet Bolt will be available with a range of over 200 miles.
It is also a "short while roomy" hatchback.

I really like the i3 though. It drives great, and the new range is a bonus. Plus the range extender is still available which adds about 95 miles using gas.
And the availability of that giant sunroof makes it more attractive. (Neither the Volt of the Bolt offer a sunroof option. )

Currently, the i3 is quite expensive. As it starts at $42 400 before  incentives.

BUT... They do offer a really good deal on the lease, which starts at $319 a month.
And $349 for the one with the range extender.

While the Volt is almost $10 000 less. The official lease offer right now is $299 a month.
So only $50 less than an i3 with range extender.

Sure, much longer range etc... But basically a BMW for only $50 a month more than a Chevy.

What do you think?

Monday, December 14, 2015

BMW 1 series

As you can see, the upcoming small 1 series sedan will stay pretty close to the "Compact Sedan Concept" we saw just a few weeks ago.
Which is fine.

It will compete with the boring A3 and the "almost weird" CLA.
So this might fit right in between.

Being based on the same platform as the new Mini Clubman, it could every well be using the same engines. Which are the 1.5 and 2.0 Liter.

This could be interesting. And no doubt, really popular...

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

BMW i5

BMW is supposed to add an all new i5 model to its hybrid/electric line up.
And it could be as soon as late next year.

It is supposed to be based on a longer version of the carbon fiber (expensive) i3 platform.
Therefore sharing some of the cost of the i3.

The larger model will be, of course more expensive. But would also have a much better range.
There is a rumor about it being a long range plug-in hybrid.
Using the updated 2017 i3 power train/batteries with a 3 cylinder range extender.

The 2017 i3 is rumored to get a range of around 125 miles. Or more.
This, combined with a 3 cylinder would make a truly great plug-in hybrid sedan .

Thursday, November 19, 2015

BMW Compact Sedan Concept

 They're not calling it the 1series sedan, but that's pretty much what it is.
We all know by now that a new 1 series hatch is due out pretty soon. Based on the same platform as the Mini and BMW Active Tourer.
And a new sedan style will be added to the lineup (After years of rumors). So they can finally sell it in the US.
(Where, you know, we apparently don't like hatchbacks...)

It looks cute. Exactly like it is supposed to be. A smaller 3 series.
Just like the Audi A3 looks like a small A4.
Even inside, once you get past the crazy "Show car bits and lights", it's pretty much the same but smaller.
So it'll work. People want their BMWs. And it they can get one for less money, they will.
And, being FWD, it might actually be about as roomy as the 3 series.
This is the real thing testing in Europe.
Which looks pretty much the same as the concept.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

All new BMW 7 series Vs 3 year old Kia K900

I am sure this will seem quite blasphemous to all BMW fans (AKA BMW snobs)

But still. I am just really underwhelmed by the all new, yet quite old looking, 7 series.
(I mean doesn't that rear view look more like an Acura??)
And sure, of course, a Kia is not a BMW. (...)

But I think the K900 design still holds its own pretty well. Considering the car was introduced exactly 3 years ago.

What do you think?

Sunday, June 07, 2015

2016 BMW 7 series

bmw 7 7series new 2016 allnew spy model car

The car on top is the real thing. All new for 2016.
The white one is the curent model.

It is really becoming ridiculous.
There is so little progress from one generation to the next. At least visually.
Which still counts for me. I am sure it is lighter, faster, uses less fuel and has even more gadgets than before. But that is not enough. A brand new car SHOULD look new!

Especially for that price!

At least the S Class doesn't look the same from one generation to the next.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

2016 BMW X1

 Sorry but I cannot care about his. At all. I think all BMW SUVs look the same.
And they all look pretty bad to me.

So this new X1 is really new. Since it is now based on a FWD platform. (Shared with Mini)
But, as you can see, they've made giant efforts to make it look like the previous model.
Kinda trying to fool people into maybe thinking this is still RWD?
Who know

Monday, May 11, 2015

2016 BMW 7 series

We've seen most of it before, not a surprise.
Not that I expected anything new, really. Since all BMW sedans look pretty much the same.
So this, again, looks like a giant 3 series.
With more chrome. Lots of chrome.

I am in Europe for a few days, and have noticed how much chrome there is on recent European designs. It usually looks very plasticky and quite vulgar (like on some new Renault models)
Some weird trend.