- Published: Tuesday, 30 December 2014 12:13
2 Series Convertible
Variants: 220i, 228i, M235i
The 1 Series coupe is dead, long live the 1 Series! Now that the 2 Series has taken over the mantle of the two-door, compact BMW offering, it’s only natural that the next step is for the car to drop its top. The drop top 1 Series Cabrio always drew its own cult following, so BMW hopes to achieve the same with the new machine. Petrol engine variants include the 184bhp 220i, the 245bhp 228i and a range-topping M235i with 326bhp. Expect the usual run of Luxury, Sport and M Sport trim choices for the regular, non M models.
When: Q1 2015
Now that the X5 and X6 have gotten their LCIs (BMW-speak for facelift) so the top-of-the-line M versions have now appeared. The 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, which debuted in this pair of machines first of all M cars, now gets 567bhp up from 555bhp with a small torque increase. Aesthetics and interiors are now current with the new X5 and X6 models too, while a new eight-speed gearbox not only helps acceleration but also improves efficiency by a huge 20 percent.
BMW M3 2014 review
When: Q1 2015
Read our first drive of the Alpina D5 and come back to this page. Then imagine that wonderful inline six turbodiesel engine stuffed into an X3 that’s also had the all-around Alpina treatment with improvements in all areas. Sounds good? That’s the XD3 in a nutshell, and it sounds like just the thing to put the dukes up against the Porsche Macan Diesel too. 350bhp and 700Nm of torque, again, make the XD3 crack 100km/h from nothing in a very rapid 4.9 seconds and its efficiency should be exemplary, too.
B4 Biturbo Coupe & Convertible
Q1 - Q2 2015
The Alpina B3 is probably our favourite Alpina to date, and also our favourite of the 3 Series family, if you still consider it one, anyway. Now that BMW’s launched the 4 Series in both coupe and convertible form, the two-door 4 gets the Alpina treatment too with 410bhp and 600Nm of torque to make it a real M3 alternative. We also spied one in a lovely shade of deep metallic green in the Alpina showroom - go have a peek at it before it’s sold. Convertible version will arrive in Q2 2015.
Variants: 3.6-litre V6, 6.4 SRT V8
When: Q1 2015
How much: Similar to current pricing
Chrysler’s much-improved big sedan has always been the quiet alternative and the mid-life second gen model was a huge improvement over the charismatic, if plasticky, first-gen. The nip-tuck includes the front end which has a larger grille and underpinning ‘mobius strip’ while the rear end gets similar attention. More details are updated on the inside such as a Jag-style rotary gear shifter, a larger infotainment screen. Expect the same engine options to be offered here.