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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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2019 BMW m850i to Arrive in Time for the Holidays

Three of the biggest shopping days of the year are the three Saturdays before Christmas. Thankfully, one of the most anticipated 2019 BMW models is making its appearance in showrooms on Dec. 8. A great holiday present in the nick of time, the latest BMW xDrive Coupe is the M850i. It has a sleek aesthetic and tight handling that delivers nifty, agile performance.

What Is xDrive?

The 2019 BMW M850i Coupe is the latest BMW to feature the incredible xDrive system. What is this exactly? A BMW xDrive Coupe is a car that uses a unique all-wheel drive technology to help return more control to the driver. Think about it this way: when you’re driving on slick and uneven surfaces, most cars will lose some control. The xDrive system fixes this by reading road conditions and your grip on any surface millisecond to millisecond.

If road conditions mean a pothole takes grip away from one tire, the xDrive system automatically lends more power to the others until you get that grip back. This means you don’t lose the road control like you would on other cars. It helps prevent sliding out on turns or bumps, especially in windy and rainy conditions or on badly kept roads. This makes it perfect for the weather Florida sometimes gets.

2019 BMW M850i Specs

The 2019 BMW M850i Coupe comes with plenty of power. The twin-turbo, 4.4-liter, 523-horsepower V8 engine delivers 553 lb-ft of torque. Launch control gives you the ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in under 3.7 seconds. Its price point is expected to start at $111,900.

A range of options will be available, down to aesthetic features like carbon fiber exterior trim and performance features like M sport brakes, just to name a couple. A convertible variant is expected to join the M850i lineup in March 2019 as well.

Excited? We are too!

BMW iPerformance | BMW 530e | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

How Does BMW iPerformance Work?

How exactly does BMW iPerformance work? This is the model designation given to all BMW plug-in hybrids. The BMW 530e is a stellar example of how the technology works efficiently to make your life easier.

Hybrid Power

BMW has built models like the 530e to be superior examples of hybrid performance. BMW iPerformance starts with a hybrid powertrain. In the 530e’s case, this means a 2.0-liter, inline-4 at 180 hp combined with a synchronous AC motor at 111 hp. The combined output is 248 hp at a powerful 310 lb-ft. of torque.

BMW gives you a range of different options depending on what your trip needs. You can drive on electric alone, for instance. The electric-only range is 28.5 miles. This is perfect for running local errands and some daily commutes. The idea is that for these types of drives, you should have the opportunity to do this with zero emissions.

The Full Powertrain

A longer trip means utilizing the full powertrain. Here, your range is vastly increased. You get the BMW performance that you know and love, increasing the top speed from 87 mph to 146 mph. You can also use the internal combustion engine alone as the battery recharges.

BMW eDrive allows you to manage these different settings with the press of a button. BMW iPerformance means you can let the car do the thinking about the battery if you want. For instance, Auto eDrive means the car will decide when to use each engine. Max eDrive only uses the electric engine, unless you require more power. Finally, Battery Control means the BMW 530e will switch to the combustion engine when the battery dips below a pre-set level. It’s easy to understand and manage.

Stress-Free

These settings are separate from driving modes like Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro, and Adaptive. These kinds of experience settings adjust how the acceleration is mapped, the suspension is handled, and how the car steers. BMW eDrive deals strictly with the relationship between engines in the hybrid powertrain.

In all, iPerformance cars like the BMW 530e make handling a hybrid easy to understand and manage. Combine this with the impressive technology line-up inside the car and you’ve got a car that saves you on stress, fuel costs, and that saves the planet while it’s at it.

2019 BMW i3 | BMW i3 battery | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

BMW Announces Next Chapter in i3 Electromobility

The BMW i3 battery is what allows the 2019 BMW i3 to get about on all-electric power. When it first debuted in 2014, the i3 delivered enough range for a few days’ commute back and forth to work. This enabled you to only have to recharge it every 2 or 3 days. Technology has improved vastly since then, making the new i3 nearly twice as capable.

Increased Range with Zero Emissions

The BMW i3 launched in 2014 with a battery capacity of 60 Ah (ampere hours). This equated to an 81 mile electric range. Fast forward a few years and that capacity has doubled to 120 Ah. That means a 42.2 killowatt-hour battery, but what does this mean for range? That increases the electric range on the 2019 BMW i3 to 153 miles. That’s almost doubles its original 2014 range, and it’s about 30-percent better than the 2017 i3.

Charge Only Once a Week

What this means is that many will only have to recharge the BMW i3 battery once a week. It’s ideal for daily commutes and running local errands with a clean conscience – the i3 is one of the best selling zero-emissions vehicles in history. Certainly, it’s a relief to avoid stopping and paying for gas all the time. Plugging the car in overnight to recharge removes any hassle or unexpected stops and refreshes that 153 mile range.

Performance & Design

The light and strong construction means it handles as you’d expect a BMW should. As BMW’s first zero-emissions vehicle, it also performs in design and interior trim. The 2019 BMW i3 is a standout car in every respect. This makes a lot of sense seeing as how BMW is trying to carve a new market niche with it and wants to create a lasting impression.

These range improvements are expected to carry over to the 2019 i3 REX (range extender model), which features an optional gasoline engine for additional range.

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2019 BMW X3 changes | Rear wheel drive vs. all wheel drive | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

Is There a BMW X3 Rear Wheel Drive?

The BMW X3 has proved incredibly popular. There’s one question that’s often asked: will there ever be a rear wheel drive model? One of the 2019 BMW X3 changes is a rear wheel drive option: meet the BMW X3 sDrive30i.

What’s the difference between rear wheel drive vs. all wheel drive? That’s a good question, and there are unique answers to driving in Florida.

Rear Wheel Drive vs. All Wheel Drive

Rear wheel drive means that all of the power the engine produces is sent to the two rear wheels, allowing the front wheels to focus exclusively on steering. BMW sDrive is the powerful rear wheel drive system developed for BMW cars and crossovers. BMW xDrive is the all wheel drive system, and it sends power to all four wheels.

Are There Advantages to Rear Wheel Drive?

Yes. Rear wheel drive lends a vehicle an agile and powerful feel. There’s a punch to acceleration, particularly off turns. It’s strong on road holding and handling corners. Turning at speed feels more natural and thus enable drivers to handle a car more nimbly. Rear wheel drive vehicles are also more fuel efficient.

Are There Advantages to All Wheel Drive?

All wheel drive has remarkable traction. This helps you maintain control in bad weather. All wheel drive is also optimal for rough terrain and uneven roads. This is because when you lose traction on one tire, you’ve still got the other three churning away.

Which Should I Choose?

The easiest way to answer this is to take each version for a test drive. You’ll quickly notice the differences and which feels better to you. They’re both very strong choices, and your needs and driving style will help you make the right choice.

The 2019 BMW X3 changes mean that you have two choices in how you like to drive. Both versions are very capable. They’re strong across the board. This choice comes down to a matter of where you want the BMW X3 to really excel. The rear wheel drive 2019 BMW sDrive 30i should come in as somewhat more affordable than its all wheel drive cousin, so get that test drive in while there’s still time.

2018 BMW X1 Interior | BMW X1 Lease | Braman BMW West Palm Beach, Florida

Is the BMW X1 Considered an SUV

Some of the greatest minds have asked themselves questions that seem to have no answers. What is the meaning of life? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Is the BMW X1 an SUV or an oversized sports car? At long last, we can answer at least one of these!

It’s been asked before when people glimpse the 2018 BMW X1 interior and think about a BMW X1 lease. Is this technically an SUV?

Best of Both Worlds

Yes. The BMW X1 is a luxury subcompact SUV, more commonly called a crossover. A crossover provides car-like acceleration and handling and combines this with SUV-like passenger room and cargo space.

It’s the first of BMW’s X series, which features six different crossovers. Some lean more toward coupe-like designs, and some lean further toward SUV size. The X1 is notable for its energetic performance and agile handling.

Real Room

The 2018 BMW X1 interior is sleek and the seats are spacious. Many crossovers try to look like sports cars instead of perform like them, forcing whoever’s in the back seat to scrunch up in order to fit. When BMW designed crossovers, this was one of the first elements to be thrown out. If you’re going to sit 5, then realistically make the room for them to be comfortable. The X1 does this in spades. Passengers in the back have plenty of room to stretch.

Practical Usefulness

The cargo capacity also leads its class. This is a crossover you’re going to be able to use for any trip. Excellent mileage (23 mpg city/32 mpg highway) means you can drive for short errands or long vacations in comfort. Safety ratings for the X1 were already incredibly high, but BMW didn’t rest on its laurels – the 2018 version has improvements that include rearview camera standard.

Available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive, a BMW X1 lease allows you to drive one of the most adaptable vehicles on the road.

Yes, the BMW X1 is a crossover SUV, rethought and re-imagined to give you access to the best of an SUV’s capabilities and a sports car’s performance and efficiency.

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2019 BMW M850i xDrive Coupe Price Reveal

The BMW M850i xDrive is one of the most anticipated of the incoming class. This new BMW coupe is a powerful and technologically impressive model with superb control and a range of incredible features standard. What’s the price of a new BMW when it’s so hot?

The M850i xDrive BMW coupe ends up at a very reasonable $111,900 plus $995 Destination and Handling. It will arrive in U.S. showrooms on December 8. Consider the range of cutting edge technology it will boast on arrival:

  • Intelligent xDrive all-wheel drive
  • Electronic M Sport rear differential
  • Integral Active 4-wheel steering
  • LED headlights with BMW LaserLight technology
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Sport Automatic Transmission
  • Adaptive M Suspension with Active-Roll Stabilization
  • M Sport Brakes
  • Parking Assistant
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional
  • 12.3 inch and 10.25 inch digital displays
  • Latest generation of iDrive

Combine this with the M850i’s stellar performance and power that will take you from 0 to 60 mph in only 3.6 seconds. That’s thanks to a 523 horsepower engine delivering 553 lb-ft of torque. The acceleration is undeniable. The sheer level of control offered through M Sport and xDrive technologies means handling is exceptional. Anything you can throw at it – bad roads, bad weather, bad drivers around you – you will be able to handle with ease.

You wouldn’t expect anything less from a BMW coupe, let alone the very first 8 Series luxury sports models in 20 years. If it’s going to make a return, it may as well do so assertively, with the performance, style, and technology to back it up.

The price of a new BMW must be earned by the model, and the M850i xDrive BMW coupe is an engineering powerhouse designed around the driver having control, fun, and impressive technology at a fingertip’s touch.