World Debut: BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer

It is based upon a tauter spring/damper calibration along with stiffer anti-roll bars. In the M Sport variation, the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer features 17-inch or 18-inch M lightalloy wheels. As an alternative, drivings can choose a framework with Dynamic Damper Control. Utilizing the Driving Experience Control switch, drivers can choose between 2 different damping settings depending upon the driving scenario. Variable sport steering enables the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer to be guided with even greater dexterity and accuracy. Parking and turning manoeuvres need less guiding input and, at greater speeds, variable sport steering makes sure greater straightline stability, optimum track holding and very exact directional control.

Driving Experience Control switch with ECO PRO mode
The new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer likewise provides the driving the alternative of stylish, comfortable or specifically affordable total car settings based on the driving situation or individual preference. ECO PRO, SPORT and COMFORT modes are readily available via the Driving Experience Control switch in front of the centre console. A press of a button phones a predefined set-up that configures the powertrain and chassis parts accordingly.

The driving pleasure on tap in the brand-new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer is not simply down to the brand’s normal driving dynamics but likewise thanks to exemplary levels of fuel economy. The latter comes thanks to the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy and its raft of measures that reach essentially every feature of the vehicle. And it is one of the factors why the brand-new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer occupies a prime position in regards to performance and fuel performance not just among its direct rivals.

On-demand operation of supplementary units and ECO PRO mode. In the brand-new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer the ancillary units and electrical consumers form part of a smart energy management system. Ondemand operation of the coolant pump, a map-controlled oil pump and Electric Power Guiding that eats energy just when required all add to decreasing fuel consumption. ECO PRO mode, turned on by means of the Driving Experience Control switch, likewise assists the driver attain an effective and economical driving design without jeopardizing on convenience. This function allows an enhancement in fuel economy of up to 20 per cent, while the coasting function (Steptronic just) and ECO PRO Path (in conjunction with the navigation system) can save yet more fuel.

Smart light-weight design: high driving characteristics, low fuel consumption. Smart lightweight design plays an important role in attaining efficiency and agility while likewise boosting the vibrant driving qualities of the brand-new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer. High-tensile and ultra-high-tensile multi-phase steels and elements that are exactly tailored to their function (so-called tailored blanks) lend the body a high degree of stiffness combined with extremely low weight. Together with the use of advanced composite products, the application of aluminium also ensures that the brand-new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer brings no excess weight to the scales. The bumper supports, steering shaft, brake guards and wheel swivel bearings are all made from aluminium to trim weight, enhance the trademark BMW driving characteristics and protect outstanding fuel economy.

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Beautiful photos with BMW M235i with M Performance Parts

Here is a cool photoshoot of an Alpine White BMW M235i with M Efficiency Components. The incredibly stylish coupe has a carbon fiber front splitter, carbon fiber mirror caps, blacked-out kidney grille, BMW M Efficiency Double-Spoke 624 M Bicolor and rear-end diffuser.

Offered as of market launch in March 2014, the M Efficiency Parts were established in close collaboration with BMW M and the magazine offers upgrades to the drivetrain, suspension, aerodynamics and design.

In the power department, BMW offers an M Efficiency Power Kit for the 220d Coupe enhancing the output of the 4-cylinder diesel engine by 12 kW/16 bhp to 147 kW/200 bhp and optimum torque by 40 Nm to 420 Nm. A BMW M Performance silencer system is available for the BMW M235i Coupe. BMW M Performance tailpipe trim elements are offered in chrome or carbon, bearing the M logo.

For the first time, an optional BMW M Performance limited-slip differential is readily available for the BMW M235i Coupe.

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BMW 2 Series Active Tourer – First front-wheel drive BMW

Following on from the Coupe as the 2nd member of the brand-new BMW 2 Series range, the harmoniously proportioned Active Tourer exudes sportiness from every angle. Determining simply 4,342 millimetres long, 1,800 millimetres large and 1,555 millimetres in height, it incorporates compact dimensions on the outdoors with a strikingly large feel on the within, making it completely fit to cope with the growing challenges of city movement.

The arrival of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer (fuel consumption integrated: 6.0– 4.1 litres per 100 km [47– 68.9 mpg imp]; CO2 discharges: 139– 109 g/km)* sees BMW broaden its portfolio into an additional brand-new model section. The beginner in the premium compact training skilfully blends convenience and functionality of space with the trademark BMW strengths of dynamism, design and elegance.

New turbocharged engines with three and 4 cylinders, an extensive bundle of BMW EfficientDynamics measures and the considerable connection provided by BMW ConnectedDrive are formative aspects in a driving experience that centres on sporty efficiency and exemplary effectiveness. * Figures are provisional and have actually not yet been formally confirmed.

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BMW at CES 2014: M235i with high-tech assistance systems

BMW has earned an undisputed status as one of the world’s leading carmakers with developments – grouped under the BMW ConnectedDrive banner – focusing on every aspect of the link-up between the driver, vehicle and outside world. The company is underlining its position in the vanguard of technology at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014 in Las Vegas.
The company will use the headline US fair – which spotlights advances from across the world of digitalization and connectivity – to present innovative previews of future developments and new applications for series-produced vehicles.

Camera-based assistance systems bring enhanced safety into new vehicle classes.
Advances in camera and video technology have allowed visual detection to serve as a basis for modern assistance systems for some time now. For example, series-produced cars are already available with a camera (mounted in the centre of the windscreen in the base of the rear-view mirror) which delivers data for the Lane Departure Warning and traffic sign recognition systems. The Collision Warning system and Pedestrian Warning with city braking function, Traffic Jam Assistant and camera-based Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function work exclusively on the basis of visual detection. They dispense with additional and costly radar technology, but offer similar functions. These safety systems can therefore also be extended to vehicle classes where demand for sophisticated systems has traditionally been low.
Modern camera-based systems have advantages over purely radar-based applications when it comes to recognition of stationary obstacles. A wide camera angle, moreover, enables reliable detection of objects pulling in or out at the edge of the driver’s field of vision. At the same time, however, camera-based systems do require certain light conditions. These systems are already enhancing safety in the innovative BMW i3, for example.

New Parking Assistant with longitudinal and lateral guidance.
The new Parking Assistant with longitudinal and lateral guidance offers customers significantly greater comfort and safety. Not only – as with existing systems – does it use ultrasound sensors to find parking spaces parallel to the road and take over the parking of the car via the electronically controlled steering (lateral guidance); the assistance system now also switches between the forward and reverse gears of the automatic gearbox and allows the car to pull away and brake automatically (longitudinal guidance). These functions are underpinned by an interface to the gearbox and the electronically controlled accelerator and brake pedal. All the driver has to do is hold down the button activating the new assistance system and monitor the automatic parking procedure.
The functions of systems like the new Parking Assistant with longitudinal and lateral guidance and the Traffic Jam Assistant go much further than existing assistance functions designed to ease the strain on drivers at the wheel. With their range of part-automated functions, they already lighten the driver’s workload much more significantly than conventional systems. Highly automated vehicles, meanwhile, can take over more of the driver’s tasks at a given time. All the systems performing these partly automated and highly automated roles are grouped under the BMW ActiveAssist banner and form a new branch of technology within BMW ConnectedDrive.

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