While CarAdvice was attending BMW’s Efficient Dynamics Challenge in Melbourne the German importer also announced the introduction of 15 new models that are headed to Australia and set for a launch by the end of the year.
By Paul Maric
The addition of 15 new models by the end of the year will see the 2009 tally of BMW Efficient Dynamics vehicles in Australia reach 23.
Already this year we have seen the introduction of the 7 Series, X3 and 5 Series Efficient Dynamics models and all vehicles tagged as Efficient Dynamics will consume fuel at less than 7.0-litres per 100km - even the luxury 7 Series.
The new models include five new 3 Series models and ten new 1 Series models.
The new 3 Series models include:
- 320d Executive Touring - $61,500
- 320d Coupe - $67,500
- 320d Convertible - $80,400
- 330d Coupe - $91,900
- 330d Convertible - $104,850
The new 1 Series models include:
- 118d Sports Hatch 6-speed manual - $42,170
- 118d Sports Hatch 6-speed steptronic - $44,370
- 123d Sports Hatch 6-speed manual - $50,790
- 123d Sports Hatch 6-speed steptronic - $53,070
- 123d Coupe 6-speed manual - $57,900
- 123d Coupe 6-speed steptronic - $60,864
- 118d Convertible 6-speed manual - $52,900
- 118d Convertible 6-speed steptronic - $55,655
- 123d Convertible 6-speed manual - $67,200
- 123d Convertible 6-speed steptronic - $69,955
The 20d series of engines will feature 2.0-litre turbo-diesels with 130kW and 350Nm, while the new 23d features twin turbochargers attached to a 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces a hearty 150kW and 400Nm.
The BMW X3 has benefited from the addition of the 20d engine, while the 7 Series received the 30d engine.
BMW has excelled in the European premium manufacturer segment by reducing the fuel consumption of its entire range by 16.3 per cent between 2006 and 2008. The nearest manufacturer was Volkswagen, which chimed in with a 4.4 per cent reduction.