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by Tim Beissmann

BMW will add new diesel engines to its 2 Series and 4 Series coupe and 3 Series GT model lines and extend the availability of all-wheel drive to the 4 Series convertible in a wave of updates rolling out over the coming months.

The majority of the upgrades apply to overseas markets, however, with vehicles headed for Australia to benefit from equipment enhancements only.

The Business navigation unit in the 1 Series and 2 Series will be upgraded from mid 2014 in our market with a 6.5-inch display screen, 3D maps, Bluetooth audio streaming, and faster processing and overall operation.

BMW’s ConnectedDrive Services system, which uses an in-vehicle SIM card to enable functions including emergency call and real-time traffic information, will also debut in select models across the range from mid year, beginning with cars equipped with the Professional navigation unit.

Lane departure and collision warning systems will be included standard across the X5 range around the same time, while the 6 Series option list will gain a premium Harman Kardon surround sound system.

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Overseas, two new tunes of a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine join the global BMW 2 Series coupe range from March.

The entry-level 218d produces 105kW and 320Nm, claims to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 8.6 seconds, and consume as little as 4.2 litres per 100km on the combined cycle. The more powerful 225d variant puts out 160kW and 450Nm, helping the compact coupe sprint from 0-100km/h in a claimed 6.3 seconds and while averaging 4.7L/100km. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard in the 225d and optional in the 218d. The latter comes standard with a six-speed manual.

The 330d GT will join the range soon after. Teaming a 190kW/560Nm 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder diesel engine with an eight-speed auto, the 330d GT claims to hit triple figures in 5.7 seconds, or 5.4sec when specced with optional xDrive all-wheel drive, while combined consumption is rated as low as 5.1L/100km.

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BMW has also made xDrive available in the 230kW/600Nm 335d GT, while introducing an Innovation Package to all models in the 3 Series range, adding xenon headlights, adaptive cornering lights, head-up display, high-beam assist, and speed limit info system.

The 425d becomes the fourth diesel variant in the 4 Series coupe range. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine produces 160kW and 450Nm, claims 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds and uses 4.7L/100km on the combined cycle.

The 430d coupe takes the number of xDrive 4 Series coupe variants to six, while the 428i convertible becomes the first of the soft-top family to offer optional all-wheel drive.

BMW Australia product communications manager Scott Croaker said there were no plans to introduce any of the new diesel or all-wheel-drive variants, citing a perceived lack of demand from local customers.




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