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BMW Vision iNext | Electric SAV | Braman BMW of West Palm Beach, Florida

The Latest on the BMW Vision iNEXT

Despite the fact that the company has said the expected sales launch won’t hit the market until 2021, the buzz about the BMW Vision iNext hasn’t stopped since the idea was initially announced. In fact, the model that was first shown in public last year at the Los Angeles motor show has already begun testing in prototype form in Sweden, leading to additional demands for information from the company.

While the automaker hasn’t said a lot about this electric SAV, speculation is running high, particularly after the BMW-Daimler announcement that the two manufacturers would begin working together to develop autonomous driving software, ensuring it hits the market ahead of schedule.

The News On the BMW iNext

Much of the excitement surrounding this vehicle anticipation of how it will work with you as you drive thanks to the software inside. New videos published by BMW suggest the company is working to understand how people interact with their vehicles to better create a personal assistant feel with the software under the hood.

In fact, BMW has gone as far as to suggest that the car will be able to read your body language. Opening a window, then, would be as simple as pointing to the window you wanted open and giving a one-word command. The iNext may even be able to make reservations or purchase tickets to a show for you.

The News on the Software Powering the iNext

The announcement from BMW and Daimler was a bit surprising to some, but it’s a chance to cut costs and development time for both, which may mean the BMW Vision iNext is coming sooner than expected. Together, they’ll be developing both Level 3 and Level 4 autonomous systems, which could be as ready as soon as 2020.

The goal is to offer driver assistance systems as well as those that would automate highway driving and parking. This likely won’t be the end of the collaboration, though, as they may look to work together so higher levels of automation can be reached faster.

New BMW X4 | Coupe SUV | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

Is the New BMW X4 M Competition a Coupe SUV?

The new BMW X4 M Competition is a resounding evolution that builds on the groundbreaking foundation of the established X4. The word “crossover” covers more and more territory every year, so how should we think of this newest BMW X4? Is it fair to call the M Competition a coupe SUV or should we look for another term?

Looks to Stun

The body style of the new BMW X4 M Competition is definitely coupe-inspired. The roof is raked at a sharp angle, evoking that you vs. the highway feel of a coupe at speed. The look itself is striking and is closer to a coupe than anything else, yet the interior space is that of an SUV.

Power Upgraded

The new S58 engine is an M-tuned, efficient, upgraded version of the already-phenomenal B58. Upgrades to the crankshaft, cylinder head, iron coating, and a closed-deck all result in an extremely durable engine that can open up more aggressively. It breathes even better thanks to a new air intake and two turbochargers.

The result in the Competition model is 510 horsepower delivering 442 lb-ft of torque. The non-competition model gets you from 0-62 mph in just 4.2 seconds – the Competition model should get that into the threes. That’s coupe territory once again, without sacrificing the room and pragmatism of an SUV.

Astonishing Control

The underlying build adds extra bracing at the axles, a new carbon fiber strut bar, and a host of tweaks all aimed to deliver silky smooth, precise road feel. The pioneering xDrive all-wheel drive system that protects against uneven roads, as well as wet and windy weather, get an M-tuning as well. This ensures even the worst road conditions won’t sap control from the driver. A choice of modes ensures that you control the driving feel you’re most comfortable with.

Focused Safety

Together with M-spec brakes and top-of-the-line driver assist tech, this is one of the safest vehicles to let loose in. That rare combination once again fuses coupe handling to SUV capability, bringing the best safety features from each to inform the new BMW X4 M Competition.

Luxury to Spare

None of this is to miss out on the sheer luxury and exquisite M-branded aesthetics of the interior. There’s a lot to say about the exterior, power, control, and safety of the X4 M Competition. All of them leave you with one conclusion: it’s absolutely a coupe SUV. Step inside, though, and you might just take to calling the newest BMW X4 a spaceship.

BMW M4 Convertible | BMW M4 Colors | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

2019 BMW M4 Convertible Color Update

The BMW M4 convertible will see similar updates as those being made to various other BMW models this year. That means a host of new aesthetic choices. The new BMW M4 colors are especially exciting. In particular, the Frozen Dark Blue II BMW Individual livery takes the breath away.

A More Dramatic Entrance

Seeing it fully realized conveys a dramatic change in aesthetic for the BMW M4 convertible. Convertibles are often available in a range of colors, but it’s the bright ones that usually take center stage. After all, these are cars made to shine when the sun’s out, so to speak, and those bright hues naturally catch the eye.

Dark colors are often dismissed as muted. What if they could be deepened instead? What if a new BMW M4 convertible chose to absorb and enrapture the eye with a depth of color that emboldens every line and feature?

Of all BMW M4 colors, Frozen Blue II does this best. The deep-as-midnight color brings out the M4’s aggressive headlights and precise lines and grilles. The rear end sees a new evolution – subtle but marked. Darker-colored tail lights look more aggressive and highlight the light inside them even better.

Reflecting the M4’s Power

The BMW M4 convertible F83 LCI Competition Model is powered by a twin-turbo, six-cylinder that empowers you with 450 horsepower. A black M4 badge on the rear and wheels call out its Competition Model status. The more basic 431 horsepower model is also available. Either way, the tech inside the BMW M4 is still as stellar as ever.

The Frozen Dark Blue II BMW Individual livery is worth talking about. Brightly colored convertibles look fun and cheery – there’s nothing wrong with that and it’s a good choice for many. Frozen Dark Blue II is designed to bring out what makes the M4 convertible so dynamic and powerful – and that’s a better choice for some.

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Are BMWs Reliable?

BMWs are built with a high degree of precision. This has raised some questions about reliability, but they’re unearned. Reliable BMWs are as widespread as any other make, and there are many nice BMW cars and SUVs that can last for decades when well cared for.

Engines that Last

The most enduring part of a BMW is the engine. The precision that goes behind its design and build isn’t just for kicks. It’s because a vehicle built from the core with that precision in mind can deliver a feel that’s unparalleled in any other make.

BMWs are designed to remove so much of the delay between your action as a driver and the vehicle’s response. This makes driving more immediate. That’s what precision gets you, and that means better safety, better handling, and an overall better experience.

Luxury Still Needs an Oil Change

Maintain a BMW with regular oil changes and get its inspections on time, and you’ll decrease the risk that anything begins to fail.

Some owners imagine that owning a luxury car or SUV means they don’t have to take care of it. This leads to missed oil changes and other minor maintenance not being done on time. This obviously leads to decreased reliability – it would for any vehicle. A luxury car or SUV still needs oil changes done just like any other – unless you’re looking at BMW’s increasing line-up of electric vehicles.

Improvements in the Modern Era

Reliable BMWs are plentiful because they have reliable owners.

Some older BMWs have issues with window regulators, door locks – issues away from the engine – but those were early days and most of those models are more prized for being classics. And a classic is bound to need a bit of work.

If you’re looking for nice BMW cars and SUVs, the modern series of the last several years and the series which are debuting or upcoming – these are the most reliable BMWs ever made. You can have confidence that a BMW can deliver the precision you want for a long time to come, so long as you put a bit of care into it.

G20-gen BMW 3 Series Comparison | Braman BMW of West Palm Beach, Florida

G20-Gen BMW 3 Series vs. the Competition

The G20-gen BMW 3 Series may be BMW’s most exciting launch. It’s received widespread praise and eager comparisons to its competition. A recent BMW 3 Series comparison was a toe-to-toe one performed by Auto Express. Can the Mercedes Benz C-Class or Jaguar XE really compare, or do they fall short?

An Easy Answer

The comparison threw the BMW 320d M Sport, Mercedes Benz C220d AMG Line, and the Jaguar 20d R Sport into a no holds barred competition. These models are good competitors for the automotive segment they inhabit.

It turns out the G20-gen BMW 3 Series is unparalleled. Neither the Benz nor the Jaguar really held their own. Benz’s C-Class was a hair quicker at launch, cutting the BMW’s 0-60 mph time by a tenth of a second. (The Jaguar was a full 1.5 seconds slower.) That’s an important measure, but both competitors fell off when measuring each car’s acceleration at speed. Here, the BMW easily outmaneuvered the Benz and the Jag.

Raising the Bar

The 3 Series impressed with smooth shifts and agility. This is no surprise. BMW has long focused on the driver experience as one of dynamic decision-making and control. That means having an immediate feel for how the car responds to every command. By comparison, Auto Express highlighted “hesitation and jerkiness” for the Benz and Jag.

The BMW also surpassed its competitors on its refinement. The exquisite interior is made more so by a “hushed” composure. They called the damping “plush and smooth,” which makes for a very comfortable ride. They also enjoyed the sheer amount of legroom and width to move your arms around, a striking improvement on the “cramped-feeling Jag.”

The Final Tally

In their final tally of the BMW 3 Series comparison, Auto Express decided the G20-gen BMW 3 Series ran away with the crown and it wasn’t close. The Benz came in a distant second due to concerns about its feel and agility. Once top of its class, the Jaguar XE came in last due to the aged tech both in the cabin and under the hood, as well as a cramped interior.

Sometimes, these comparisons in a certain segment are a bit closer. When there’s a gulf in quality as clear as this, however, the winner’s obvious.

BMW M5 Everyday Supercar | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

Why the BMW M5 Is an Everyday Supercar

You have a family. You have responsibilities. You need a reliable, practical vehicle that’s comfortable and spacious enough for your commute, running errands, or bringing the kids to soccer practice. But… don’t you want a little fun – and a lot of power? Wouldn’t it be great to roar through twists and turns and put your car to the test (without the kids!)? You can: the BMW M5 is an everyday supercar. Do not compromise!

What Is a Supercar?

A supercar is a high-performance luxury sports car or grand tourer: the Ferrari 488 GTB, the McLaren 720S, the Lamborghini Huracán and Aventador… these cars are truly in a class of their own. And the BMW M5 more than keeps up with the big, ultra-exclusive boys. Fast, fun, capable, and safe, it is an ideal choice for those who want to integrate their wild side with their responsible side.

BMW M5 Features

The M5 features a 4.4 liter twin turbo V8 that churns out 600 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque. With a 0-60 mph time of 2.99 seconds, it is one of the fastest sedans in the world. And it is arguably the most fun to drive. Add to this fantastic steering, stellar control, cat-like agility, and exquisite comfort, this model is undoubtedly an everyday supercar, perhaps the only one in existence!

Driving a supercar is an experience unlike any other; the BMW M5 makes it possible to do it everyday. Even trips to the grocery store will become adventures! At the same time, the sleek lines and immense visual appeal of the vehicle guarantees it will turn heads wherever you go.

Visit West Palm Beach’s premier BMW dealership to learn more about the everyday supercar everyone’s talking about. Braman is happy to answer your questions – and take you on the test drive of your life!

2020 BMW X1 Reviews | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

What the 2020 BMW X1 Reviews Say

2020 is a blink of the eye away… who’s excited to see what the makers of the Ultimate Driving Machine are up to? We know we are, so we’ve been scouring BMW X1 reviews and sneaking peeks at spy photos to bring you the latest news and speculations for this sleek, newly designed crossover.

The 2020 BMW X1 Reviews Are In

The next gen X1 boasts a new look with a few modifications to the exterior. Previous generations were somewhat… ho-hum. This one will do the BMW name proud. You can expect new designs for the front and rear panels, alterations in the kidney grille, new internal designs for the head and tail lights, and a generally more aggressive overall look.

Spy photos show large air intakes, big alloy wheels, and the dual exhaust tips. Could it be an M version? Imagine a crossover with the guts of a BMW M5! We may not see that in the 2020 BMW X1, but we can dream!

Inside, the X1 will see some subtle changes, including, we suspect a bigger display screen and the new digital instrument cluster that the 2019 3-Series offers as an option. The rest of interior will largely carry over from the current model.

The X1 powertrain is likely to remain the same in the 2020 version, as it is a mid-cycle update. This means a 2.0 liter turbo four capable of 228 hp and an eight speed automatic transmission. It should be available in either front or all wheel drive configurations.

2020 BMW X1 Price and Release Date

We’re guessing the price will be near the current level at about $34,000. You can expect the 2020 BMW X1 to roll out in fall of 2019. Visit Braman BMW West Palm Beach to see this latest update in action! If you don’t want to wait, stop in and see our great inventory of other high performance BMWs for sale or lease today.

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BMW Vision iNext Concept Debut

The end of the year is always jam packed with fun. So many things vie for our attention, and the most interesting seem to center around the future. The future always seems to promise better, and it’s with this in mind that the BMW Vision iNext concept debuted at the LA Auto Show. The BMW iNext concept is a brash and brave design.

Future Comfort

BMW’s goal here was to make an advanced luxury utility vehicle that places technology and future-proofing as its primary goals. Here’s a vehicle that aims to fold in the technology of the next 10 years. What does that mean for drivers? The BMW Vision iNext is all-electric. The interior is a sea change for luxury design across the entire market.

Comfort is prioritized in both feel and design, but it’s how well that comfort is blended together with technology that’s truly striking. For instance, want to turn the volume up? Draw a circle on the fabric of your seat, and adjust by movement. This seems unusual at first, but it quickly becomes so much more efficient and unconscious a motion than reaching for buttons or a dial.

Streamlined Control

The dashboard feels like you’re piloting the starship Enterprise. While other makers have striven to overwhelm with technology to the point where you can barely set your arm down without accidentally hitting a button, BMW’s long been looking to streamline how technology is accessed. The way to make technology easy and second-nature is to present it in simplified ways.

Perhaps most importantly, the BMW iNext concept is capable of autonomous driving. The steering wheel will recede as the vehicle drives itself. Turn up the music with a gesture and enjoy a “paper book,” where a rear projector transmits the pages of the book and the device flips pages with a simple swipe.

Re-Inventing Ease

The BMW Vision iNext is that it only features two driving modes: Boost to drive it yourself, and Ease for autonomous driving. This is a self-chauffeuring car, designed for luxurious ease. You’ll be able to get ample performance and pinpoint handling from it, but the focus is on how it folds technology into your life in an easy-to-grasp way.

These days, when technology sometimes feels overwhelming and controls our lives, it’s nice to turn to a vehicle like the BMW Vision iNext and see something that offers that level of control back. Ease shouldn’t be difficult to access or understand. The BMW iNext concept is a haven that remembers this.

2019 X5 | Top Luxury Midsize SUV | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

2019 X5 a Top Luxury Midsize SUV

BMW’s 2019 X5 is a top luxury midsize SUV on the market. Edmunds calls the X5 “a benchmark for the modern luxury performance crossover SUV.” Kelley Blue Book praises the new generation’s improved “off-road chops.” US News analyzes reviews from multiple sources and declared, “this BMW delivers a combination of performance and luxury that few rivals can match.”

Performance Designed

The 2019 X5 marks the fourth generation of BMW’s largest model (until the new X7 comes along). The starting inline-six engine is more than powerful enough at 335-horsepower, and the 456-horsepower turbocharged V8 engine gives you an incredible option.

As always, no BMW ever ships without precision handling. The 2019 X5 exemplifies this with powerful grip, exceptional performance, and surprising smoothness even in weather or on rough surfaces. As Kelley Blue Book mentions, the off-road handling is at the top of its class.

Many want to stay with a gas-powered vehicle, but they also want good mileage. The X5 earns superb fuel economy in its class: 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway. The fourth-generation X5 can also tow up to 7,200 lbs.

Riding in Luxury

What about the interior? The X5 wouldn’t be a top luxury midsize SUV without impressing here.

The build quality is superb. The overall quality is exceptional and impressive. BMW has a knack for clean lines and avoiding making the space over-busy. They’ve lapped their competition when it comes to presenting technology in a refined, uncomplicated way. Not everyone else has figured that out yet.

Panoramic moonroof, the vaunted iDrive infotainment system, a 12.3-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, 10-speaker hi-fi audio, navigation, Bluetooth, and more are included standard.

The X5 can seat five in its starting configuration, or up to seven with an optional third row. Alternately, you start with an impressive 34 cubic feet of cargo space, or a monstrous 72 cubic feet with the second row folded down. Space is used intelligently to give you a great deal of adaptability depending on what the situation needs.

Check out the 2019 X5; we can promise it will not disappoint!

2019 BMW X7 | BMW Rival | Braman BMW of West Palm Beach, Florida

Preorders to Open for the 2019 BMW X7

The BMW X series has been wildly successful. These Sport Activity Vehicles are crossovers and SUVs that don’t sacrifice cargo or passenger room for performance. It took a while longer for BMW to enter the crossover and SUV market than some others, but the result proved that they simply determined to enter it only when they’d honed the engineering to perfection.

BMW delivers some of the best vehicles in the segment. Drivers have been waiting to see just who will rise up as a BMW rival. This time, it looks like BMW is beating everyone else to the punch with the 2019 BMW X7.

The Largest X

This new beast will take over for the X5 as the largest in the BMW X series. The X5 came with a third row of seating optional; the X7 will come with it standard, easily seating seven. At the same time, it manages 48.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold the rear benches, and you expand that to a massive 90.4 cubic feet.

Safety, Comfort

Safety is also a focus, with a level of driver assistance technology that’s rarely seen standard. Beyond this, the looks are superb both inside and out. The interior aesthetic is remarkable, with electroplated accents. It goes beyond look alone, however. Comfort is foremost, including four-zone climate control standard.

Built for Real-Life…

The exterior look is shockingly streamlined for such a large vehicle; it looks incredibly svelte. BMW’s design game is at its peak here. The 2019 BMW X7 smartly avoids the cardinal sins of so many BMW rivals: the greenhouse isn’t cropped off anywhere but allows a wide and comfortable view of the road. Nobody has to scrunch their head to fit. It’s exceedingly comfortable.

…And for Fantasy

It’s been a focus of BMW to ensure that their SUVs still perform like BMWs. Even a large SUV like the X7 comes with two engine options: a 4.4-liter V8 and a 3.0-liter inline six. The more powerful delivers 456 horsepower, while the latter delivers 335-horsepower. They give you a 0 to 60 mph time of 5.2 and 5.8 seconds, respectively. Coming with xDrive standard and BMW’s smooth-as-silk eight-speed automatic transmission, the 2019 BMW X7 should embarrass any BMW rival out there.

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