Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Auto: BMW "going soft" on Convertibles

According to Automobile Magazine, BMW is planning to eliminate a number of convertibles including the 2-Series, 8-Series and recently launched Z4. They apparently won’t be killed overnight, but rather not redesigned when their current life cycle comes to an end.
Those aren’t the only models headed to the automotive graveyard as the 8-Series Coupe is also expected to die. The 8-Series Gran Coupe, on the other hand (shown right), could live.
While a lot of models could eventually be phased out, there a handful of new products in the pipeline. Key among them is an “emphatically sporty crossover” crossover called the X8.
Unlike the X4 and X6, the model won’t be a coupe-ified version on the X7. Instead, it will reportedly be more unique and offered exclusively in M Performance and M guise. The model is also slated to offer an M Power plug-in hybrid system that features a 60 kWh battery and an electric motor with 168 hp (125 kW / 170 PS) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque.
The company is also working on a new of plug-in hybrid and electric models including the iX3, i4 and iNext – to name a few.

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