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2021 BMW i4 to 'normalise' EVs for the brand - report

The upcoming BMW i4 could bridge the gap between the company's electrified 'i' division and its core range, according to a new report out of the UK. Auto Express claims the Bavarian manufacturer's new electric vehicle (EV) will be much closer aligned to the next-generation 4 Series, right down to the CLAR modular architecture underpinning everything from the new 3 Series to the 7 Series and X7...

2019 BMW X7 revealed

BMW has officially unveiled its new seven-seat SUV flagship, the X7, in four different trim grades. As you've probably gathered, the X7 is seriously big. Measuring 5151mm long, 2000mm wide and 1805mm tall, with a 3105mm wheelbase, it dwarves the already-massive X5 (4922mm/2004mm/1745mm) above which it sits in the range...

BMW takes control of its Chinese joint venture

BMW and Brilliance have just signed an extension to their joint venture operations in China, with the new contract seeing the two automakers working together until 2040. As part of the contract renewal, BMW will grow its stake in the joint venture from 50 to 75 per cent. When this change occurs is unclear, as the move still needs to be approved by Brilliance's shareholders and the Chinese authorities...

CarAdvice podcast 124: LIVE from our editorial event where we drove our S1 blindfolded!

This week Mandy Turner is joined by Alborz Fallah and Curt Dupriez, live from our editorial off-site in Torquay, Victoria. Find out how the team went in a blindfolded motorkhana challenge in our Audi S1! Scott Collie and James Wong talk car news, with coverage of the European Parliament voting to cut emissions by 40 per cent by 2030...

2019 BMW X5 pricing and specs

BMW Australia has announced pricing and specs for the fourth-generation X5 SUV, which touches down locally in November. The range will kick off with two variants: the xDrive 30d and xDrive M50d, priced from $112,900 and $149,900 before on-road costs respectively. Power in the 30d comes from a 3.0-litre turbo-diesel engine making 195kW and 620Nm, good for a claimed 100km/h sprint time of 6...

2019 BMW 3 Series Touring patent images published

The design of the next-generation BMW 3 Series Touring has been revealed via patent renderings handed over to the Brazilian patent office. Brazilian website Quatro Rodas discovered these patent diagrams on the country's National Institute of Industrial Property site. These images show the new wagon is identical to the just-unveiled sedan from the B-pillar forward...

2020 BMW M3 spied

The next-generation BMW M3 has been spied undergoing testing at and around the Nurburgring. Unlike the photos we published in December 2017, these latest images are high resolution and give us a good look at the car's exterior from every angle...

2020 BMW 4 Series Convertible spied

Photographers have snapped the next-generation BMW 4 Series Convertible once again, giving us a closer look at the upcoming companion to the all-new 3 Series sedan. Unlike the current-generation model, the next 4er drop-top will sport a folding fabric roof – this is not only more traditional, but also lighter and more cost-effective, along with offering more luggage space with the roof down...

BMW: 'No inspiration from previous model' for new Z4

Michael Wimbeck – project manager for the new BMW Z4 – was unequivocal when asked whether the previous model had provided any inspiration for the new roadster: "No, we didn't take any inspiration from the previous model," he said. Co-developed with Toyota, the plan, according to BMW engineers, is that Toyota will offer the Supra only as a coupe, while BMW will offer the Z4 only as a roadster...

BMW's i brand is where risks are taken

When you see the final result of years of engineering and testing, it's easy to overlook the perceived risks that a company undertakes any time it steps either outside its comfort zone, or into a new area of development. Australian journalists assembled for the Paris motor show asked two of the most obvious questions surrounding BMW's i brand – where was the Vision iNext concept, and how risky is it to put that much tech into a single vehicle? Dr...

BMW: Autonomous tech continues to outpace regulations

We've written about it before at CarAdvice and discussed it on our various radio shows and the podcast, and we're not the only ones who think that autonomous vehicle technology continues to grow at a rate much faster than the regulations required to police it. In many instances, manufacturers can already offer autonomy that far outstrips the legal framework we have...