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A 2021 BMW 330e Plug-In Hybrid Sedan being charged

Meet the 2021 BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid Sedans

The 3 Series model line by BMW has just been expanded to include two new models. The new BMW plug-in hybrid models are the 330e and the 330e xDrive. The 2021 BMW 330e comes packed with a turbocharged four-cylinder, 2-liter engine, an e-motor and a high-voltage battery pack. The BMW 330e boasts the latest technologies and key upgrades, improving upon the previous 3 Series. 

2021 BMW 330e: What to Know

The 2.0 TwinPower Turbo engine complimented by BMW’s stellar electric traction motor means more torque. The high-voltage, gross lithium-ion battery is positioned under the rear seats. This electric-only model is made for performance-oriented driving: it’s the Ultimate Driving Machine, after all! The EPA estimates the pure electric range for the BMW 330e Sedan at 35 km / 21.748 mi.

BMW improved on the 3 Series by enhancing power and performance in the 330e and 330e xDrive Sedans with XtraBoost. You may also opt for Sport mode; the XtraBoost feature offers an instant 40ps power increase for up to 10 seconds.

The 2021 BMW 330e features an electrified drive train, allowing the operator to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 5.6 seconds. The sleek new Sedan has a maximum speed of 124 mph when all-season tires are in use. This top speed figure changes to 140 mi/h with high-performance summer tires. 

The new BMW 330e has an 8-speed Sport Steptronic transmission. This quick-shifting sport automatic transmission now has optimized hydraulic control and shorter gearing which translate to faster response times and acceleration for the driver.  

The new BMW plug-in hybrid includes BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant is a digital personality that responds to “Hey BMW”. Other upgrades on this model include the Driving Assistant Professional and Parking Assistance Package Plus with Back-Up Assistant. For your convenience and safety, the BMW 330e can be locked and unlocked right from your smartphone. 

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2022 BMW 3 Series to Go All Electric

Remember when BMW said it wouldn’t build an all-electric BMW 3 Series? It hasn’t been that long ago, but judging from the test vehicle many saw in Germany in January, it’s certainly coming soon. BMW has already said they will release 25 electrified models by 2023, and this will certainly be part of the line-up. Many sources, though, indicate it will only be released in the Chinese market.

What the Cameras Captured

Many indicate this 2022 BMW 3 Series Electric model sits on a longer wheel-based platform thanks to shots that show much longer rear doors. It is this feature that leads so many to believe it will only be released in China, as currently the long wheelbase model in the line is only available to that market. The longer wheelbase makes sense, though, as it’s likely the only way BMW can stow a large enough battery pack to offer any real range with an electric model.

The model was heavily camouflaged when captured, but the front looked fairly similar to the BMW i with a radiator grille that was shaped similarly to the iX3. This model, however, did not feature any exhaust cutouts on the rear bumper. A charging port will likely be on the driver’s side front fender.

Some industry analysts have gone as far as to suggest the entry-level version of this model might be similar to the iX3 SDrive 75e with a peak output of 286 PS. They’ve also suggested, though, that it is possible a higher output variant could be under testing at the moment.

Potential Features Abound

Thanks to the longer wheelbase platform, it is possible drivers will get more cabin space than they have in the past. In fact, it could amount to as much as an extra 1.7 inches for rear passengers. Rear cargo space could increase, too, maybe as much as 17 cubic feet of cargo space could be an option with this choice.

It’s certain to debut in China when it’s complete. The real question for many BMW enthusiasts, though, is will it be available in other markets as well.

Contact us today to be notified when it is released.

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New BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Is Road Ready

The BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe was first spotted at the LA Auto Show in November 2019, and not only did this compact coupe turn some heads with its sleek four-door styling there, but the fact that British buyers started getting delivery of the BMW 2 Series in 2020 has certainly made a splash. In fact, just last month, many began seeing the new BMW series in their driveways, and one thing is certain – people love this model!

Features Abound

Like many today, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe offers three different trim levels – the Sport, the M Sport, and the M Performance. You can choose between diesel and petrol, and all of them come equipped with front-wheel-drive and AWD architecture. The entry level option offers some pretty series power in the form of a 1.5 liter, 140 hp engine. It can move from zero to 62 mph in just 8.7 seconds. With a top speed of 134 mph, this three-cylinder turbo can make all the difference when you’re on the road.

If what’s under the hood doesn’t convince you this car is worth all the press, the exterior certainly will. It has 17 inch alloy wheels and a gorgeous aerodynamic style. Inside you’ll find some pretty fantastic features as well like front and rear park distance control, Active Guard Plus with Lane Assist, and the standard BMW Connected Package Plus. The 10.25 inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay is pretty amazing as well.

No matter which model you choose, this is a fast, exciting new addition to the line that you’re certainly going to want to consider parking in your driveway.

Contact us today to schedule a test drive.

BMW X5 7 Seater

Which BMW Has 7 Seats?

Looking for a 7 seater SUV? You’re not alone. Between the kids, the sports equipment, the groceries, and everything else your life demands, you deserve to have a little extra space.

If you need that additional space, you have two good options: the BMW X5 7 seater and the BMW X7.

The BMW X5

The X5 doesn’t come standard as a 7 seat SUV, but you can certainly get it that way. You just need to select a third row of seats as an option.

There is enough space for some storage with all seven seats upright. Depending on the model you choose, you can get a little over 47 miles to the gallon.

Similarly, performance varies by model, but the xDrive50i comes standard with a 4.4 liter engine and can reach 60 in 4.9 seconds.

The 2020 BMW X7

The X7 offers a standard third row of seats. The company expects this edition to be so popular that they even extended the rear doors to make them a bit larger for easier access to that third row.

U.S. buyers have two models available – the X7 XDrive40i and the X7 XDrive50i. The former comes with an inline 6 with 335 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque.

The 50i has a V8 with 456 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. It can hit 60 in 5.2 seconds. Both, though, have all-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Buyers looking for those seven seats, though, may be more concerned about  what’s inside rather than what’s under the hood, and what you’ll find is guaranteed to impress.

You’ll find plenty of space and luxury at every turn. With a 12.3 inch infotainment display, as well as four-zone climate control (the five-zone system is optional on all models) as well as a three-panel panoramic sunroof, this is a beautiful interior. You can also add-on captain’s chairs for the second row, but it does drop the overall capacity of the vehicle.

It also comes with a two-section tailgate with an electric opening and closing mechanism.

Which BMW is right for you? If they’ll both fit your family, come take a test drive today to see which one fits your style!

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BMW Z4 Nominated as 2020 Best Car to Buy

Looking for a car that can be described as nothing short of fun? The BMW Z4 has been nominated to Motor Authority’s 2020 Best Cars to Buy list for that reason, and one quick look at this amazing piece of machinery, and it’s not hard to follow the logic. 

BMW Z4 – A Bit of History

The Z4 actually began more than a decade ago with the BMW Z3 that was initially released in 1996. It consistently offered both coupe and convertible body styles throughout its life, but when the company began partnering with Toyota, BMW only got to keep the roadster, but the Z4 you see now came directly from that deal. 

BMW Z4 – A Look Under the Hood

Buyers have the opportunity to choose between a turbo-4 or turbocharged inline-6. The turbo-4 produces 255 horsepower and 295 lb-ft torque. It can hit 60 in just 5.2 seconds. The inline-6, though, will get you there in 3.9 seconds with 382 horsepower and 369 lb-ft of torque. 

No matter which engine you choose, though, you’ll find serious power with both. You’ll also find serious suspension as you hit those twisty roads. 

BMW Z4 – Sleek Beauty

BMW has packed a number of features into this fun little package. It starts with an open-air convertible top in the form of a power soft top. It’s also lower to the ground and a bit wider than you might expect. With lots of cutlines and a twin-kidney, this car is as stunning outside as it is under the hood. 

BMW Z4 – Are there Any Drawbacks?

If you hit higher than average speeds, you may feel the rear of the car rock a bit from side to side. While that hurts this vehicle’s performance on the track, it’s something you may not even notice on the street. Instead, you’re likely to admire the beauty and power of this car more than anything else. 

It’s not hard to see why this is on the 2020 Best Cars to Buy list, and with a single test drive, you’ll think it’s the best car for your garage, too. 

Contact us today if  you need more information.

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2019 BMW X7 vs. 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS

Both the BMW X7 and the 2020 Mercedes GLS are opulent, fully-loaded, luxury SUVs. The GLS (formerly the GL) has taken over the space from competitors like the GMC Yukon, Cadillac Escalade, Chevy Tahoe, and Ford Expedition – and now it’s playing against the big boys: the 2019 BMW X7. How do these SUVs stack up against each other?

BMW X7 vs. Mercedes GLS

Both models offer third rows, ample room for up to seven people, five zones of automatic climate control (including third row), and the amenities you’d expect from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Each is comfortable and drives like a dream, though to get the most out of the X7, it’s helpful to select Adaptive or Sport mode (Comfort can feel a little “loose” for some drivers). 

In terms of driveability, the GLS is solid but over uneven terrain, you’ll hear a lot of noise and even feel vibrations in the cabins. BMW’s SUV is more poised in these types of road conditions. Bimmer’s brakes are also more firm compared to the relative squishiness of the Mercedes model.

While both the 2019 BMW X7 and the 2020 Mercedes GLS have a turbocharged 3.0 liter inline six, with the GLS having a small lead in horsepower (362 hp vs. 335). Acceleration times are neck and neck (mid-5 second range) and they both top out at 129 mph. BMW’s engine, though, is more refined and responsive, and it outperforms the GLS in 30-50 mph and 50-70 mph passing tests (thanks in large part to BMW’s ZF 8 speed automatic transmission).

The X7 drives a bit better (again, in Adaptive or Sport mode) and offers better fuel economy. The GLS has an edge in terms of space with larger second and third row seats and more cargo room. To get the performance features of the X7 in a GLS, though, you’ll have to pay more.

It’s close, and certainly the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS is no slouch. But we give this one to the 2019 BMW X7. If you have any questions about this or other models, do not hesitate to get in touch with the Braman team.

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BMW and Android Auto

Hands-free is the only way to be! Safe driving is the top priority, but we know it is also convenient to be able to use your smartphone’s functions while you’re on the go. This is the premise behind Android Auto. This system takes the features you need from your phone and puts them into your vehicle’s dashboard. The interface is familiar, easy to use, and, according to Google and AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, designed to minimize dangerous distractions. What do you need to know about BMW and Android Auto? 

Now: BMW Android Auto Retrofit

BMW has long been geared towards Apple and iPhone users. Those on Team Google have been largely left out, which is why you need to do a retrofit if you want to use Android Auto. One option is to go with a BMW-specific retrofit, such as BimmerTech’s Android Auto MMI Prime. This system integrates with your Bimmer’s iDrive system and allows you to use Android Auto just like the native infotainment system. You can also continue to use iDrive as you want, so it’s the best of both worlds.

Not all BMWs are compatible with an integrated update, so you may have to use the Android Auto app on your phone and connect via a USB. Your phone’s features can then be cast to iDrive.

Soon: Seamless Integration

Those who want seamless integration only have to wait until July 2020. Only two years ago, BMW said it was not interested in offering Android Auto. They’ve flipped their position, and it will be available as an update in vehicles that feature the BMW OS 7.0. It will be supported over wireless connection. You’ll be able to access key functions and apps (e.g. navigation, Spotify) in a digital, driver-configurable instrument cluster and heads-up display. 

BMW and Android Auto will be coming to West Palm Beach’s most trusted BMW dealer, Braman. Stop in and see us; our team is happy to answer any questions about the update and our exceptional selection of BMWs.  Contact Braman BMW West Palm Beach today.

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2021 BMW i4 Details Unveiled

The 2021 BMW i4 already has people clearing a spot in their garage and signing up for waiting lists, especially with a brand new set of details recently released by the company. Part of the brand’s commitment to launch a number of new electric vehicles, the electric BMW i4 sedan will have a competitor in the Tesla Model 3, but the BMW may very well come out on top thanks to some real advantages.

2021 Electric BMW i4 Sedan – Power

One of the biggest advantages this model will have is the battery itself. Under the hood will be an 80-kilowatt-hour battery, which has the power to produce 530 horsepower. Moving this car from 0 to 62 mph will take just four seconds, and it should have a top speed of 120 mph. It relies on Generation 5 battery packs, a new release that’s quite different from the other options the company has manufactured in the past. They’re smaller, stronger, and can reach an 80% charge in about 35 minutes.

BMW Electric Sedan – Range

Much has been written about the need to take electric cars further on a single charge, and BMW has filled the order with this one. On U.S. roads, it is expected to get a range of about 340 – 350 miles on a single charge. On the European circuit, though, the car is currently experiencing a range of 373 miles.

i4 Sedan Electric – All-Wheel Drive

The specs released by the company imply a two-motor layout, as well as two batteries, so many believe this car will hold true to the others in the M series and be released as an all-wheel drive vehicle. That’s a good move on the part of BMW, as they’ll want to add a few options down the road to compete with other electric car manufacturers.

Other specs for this car have yet to be released, but they may hit later this year as production is expected to begin in 2021.

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Does BMW Have an Electric SUV?

It’s now possible to say that, yes, indeed BMW does have an electric SUV. The BMW electric SUV, the iX3, is coming, and many people are quite excited about the possibilities with this vehicle. This brand new model will be produced in 2020, and it offers so much more than many people initially imagined.

BMW Electric SUV iX3 – Additional Battery Space

This is the first model with a 5th EV generation drive train. It has a long wheelbase, which is likely to give it additional space for the battery. That’s a bonus because it will have an sDrive 75 battery pack that offers 200 kW of power, which may translate to 200 miles of range in the real world. It will also likely come with 150 kW DC fast-charge capabilities, putting it at least on par, if not above many of the other vehicles on the market today.

BMW iX3 Electric Is As Beautiful As It Is Powerful

Most expect the BMW iX3 electric SUV to look quite a bit like the current X3, so it should scream BMW crossover at every opportunity. There are, however, a few elements that help it stand out from its gas-powered sibling. It should have lots of i Blue accents involved, including some on the grille and the rear apron of the vehicle. The grille is also likely to be revised so the vehicle is more aerodynamic. You may also notice additional i Blue accents inside the cabin, but it will certainly come with a dash-top touchscreen and the instrument panel design so many like. Readouts and gauges are likely to be more EV-Focused. There may be additional infotainment features, too, that mean a chance to focus on optimized efficiency with this vehicle.

There’s no word from BMW as to when the iX3 will hit the U.S. market, but it will likely be available in many showrooms during 2020. The price will likely be between $70,895 and $77,895, quite a bit above the standard X3.

M2 Competition

Why You Need a BMW M2 Competition

In a bold statement from DriveTribe, the BMW M2 Competition “marks the moment BMW effectively out-Porsched Porsche.” Aggressive, athletic, and gutsy, the M2 Comp is an icon in the making.

The entry-level M2 is a good car. Not stellar. Not exceptional. It was just a reliably solid car with great handling and cornering. But for those who wanted more than “good” or “solid,” the engine left something to be desired and while featuring adequate power, it couldn’t be described as “powerful.”

It seems BMW listened! The M2 Comp addresses these issues. Trading the 3.0 liter six cylinder for a twin turbo six, there is a noticeable difference in power. It feels like an M3 or M4, and accelerating from zero to 60 takes an effortless 4.4 seconds (4.2 with the DCT dual-clutch auto transmission). It glides, and while the M3 and M4 can be a bit intimidating to drive, the M2 Comp is like butter.

The two door M2 Competition is surprisingly comfortable and practical, offering plenty of space and a generous trunk.The round sports steering wheel is a pleasure, adding just that much more to the driving experience. The infotainment system is easy to use and while this model doesn’t offer a futuristic array of tech, you never feel as if anything is lacking. 

If you are looking for a fun, compact sports car, the BMW M2 Competition delivers the thrills and chills you want. Its muscular frame is perfectly matched to its powerful engine. This is not an ostentatious car; it is one that looks just as spirited and athletic as it is. And we’re confident you’ll savor every mile.