BMW Updates Lineup for 2015 Model Year
While many automakers look to the new model year as a chance to fix those little issues before a full redesign, there may be some cars in an automaker's lineup that go untouched. BMW is not one of those automakers settling for the same cars. For 2015, every model in the lineup will receive some changes--big or small--especially the 2 Series Coupe, X3, and X5. The 2015 BMW 2 Series Coupe receives some pretty significant changes in the way of two new trim options. Now, both the 228i and M235i Coupe will be available with BMW's intelligent all-wheel drive system, or xDrive. Added to that, the automaker will add a Track Handling Package, which will not only lower the vehicle by 10 mm, but will include the Adaptive M Suspension, Variable Sport Steering, M Sport Brakes, and much more. Pricing goes up only $25 for both models, while the xDrive variants of both models tack on an additional $1,800 to that base price. The 2015 BMW X3 receives a mid-life cycle refresh and new diesel and rear-wheel drive models. Standard equipment on the X3 xDrive28i and xDrive35i will now include a sport leather steering wheel, roof rails, Burl Walnut Wood Trim, LED fog lights, and extendable sun visors. The Technology Package no longer includes the enhanced USB and Bluetooth plus smartphone integration, but the Driver Assistance Plus Package will now add active blind spot detection, acting driving assistant, and the Surround View Lighting package. Changes also come in the way of standalone options that have been added and excluded, four new exterior paint colors and upholstery options. Pricing once again only goes up $25. For the 2015 BMW X5, the automaker has made some technical and design changes to the eight-speed automatic transmission, which has increased acceleration times and boosted fuel economy. New standard features include a sport leather steering wheel on all models, and comfort access keyless entry on the X5 xDrive50i. BMW has made some changes to the different packages offered on the X5. The ZLL and ZDX Lines will no longer include the sport leather steering wheel as it has become a standard feature. The ZLS Luxury Seating Package price has dropped $350, although no changes to content have been made. Pricing follows the way of the other two models. Source: BMW
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