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Car FYI’s 2024 Canadian Automotive Guide: BMW

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2024 Product Lineup: Alpina B8 Gran Coupe, 2-Series, 3-Series, 4-Series, 5-Series, 7-Series, 8-Series, i4, i4 Gran Coupe, i5, i7, iX, M2, M3, M4, M5, M8 X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6, X7, XM, Z4 Roadster


Overall Brand Impression: 

BMW automobiles have a tendency of inspiring a special sense of driving passion. In recent years, the German auto giant has placed an increased focus on high-tech amenities garnering some public backlash for monetizing these already equipped features on their vehicles behind subscription services. Other source of remarkable advancement is seen with the BMW i sub-brand of electric vehicles. For 2024, BMW’s Canadian product lineup includes the new 5 Series with an i5 all-electric variant, i4 xDrive40 and X2 crossover in addition to the reworked X5 and X6.


What’s New for 2024:


With a history dating back to 1972, the 5 Series has been and remains one of the German marque’s most crucial models. Entering 2024, the eighth generation BMW 5 Series involves a greater physical and technological presence in the mid-sized premium sedan marketplace. Growing in overall dimensions to the previous model, the 2024 5 Series’ new design makes full use of the added millimeters in creating a sophisticated and athletic appearance. The 2024 BMW 5 Series arrives in Canada as a 530i xDrive model powered by a TwinPower Turbo 2.0-liter six-cylinder gasoline engine paired with a 48-volt mild hybrid unit or the all-electric i5 M60 xDrive. 

The second generation of what BMW brands as a premium compact Sports Activity Coupe, the 2024 X2 proves sporty and purposeful with its new enlarged exterior design. Powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder powerplant mated to a seven-speed double-clutch transmission, the new crossover will be offered as the 241-horsepower X2 xDrive28i and the 312-horsepower X2 M35i xDrive model. Along with its platform-mate the X1, the BMW X2 with a starting price of $48,800 is one of the more affordable vehicles granting entry for Canadian buyers to the German luxury brand.  

Introduced during the middle of 2023, the 2024 BMW X5 and X6 featured a modernized front end with a newly sculpted version of the brand’s kidney grille. Standard sport seats finished in a Sensafin upholstery, instruments and infotainment solutions served to occupants through a BMW Curved Display system, a security-enhanced keyless entry system utilizing BMW Digital Key Plus and new powerplants are available on the redesigned premium sports activity vehicles.  For buyers of the X5 and X6 models looking for a more personalized appearance, up to 40 colour shades can be selected through BMW Individual Manufaktur. 

A number of new 2024 BMW models boasts AirConsole integration. Through AirConsole, vehicle occupants can play a range of video games through the BMW Curved Display. Controller of the in-car games are obtained through a connection with a smartphone.

Three years of complimentary charging is available to owners of the BMW i7 across the Electrify Canada network. Starting in 2025, BMW electric vehicles will be compatible for use with Tesla Supercharger stations.

BMW offered what could be seen as an early Christmas gift to Canadian customers heading into the winter. In September, the automaker announced they have backed down from their controversial subscription-based heated seats scheme.


Highlight Models for 2024:


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BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe Legacy Edition ($81,750 Canadian): Available in a limited run of 300 vehicles, the 2024 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe Legacy Edition is the only chance for Canadians to purchase the performance package in a four-door coupe body configuration. Propelled by a 382 horsepower 3.0-liter inline six BMW TwinPower engine, the car comes with an eight-speed sport automatic transmission with launch control, adaptive M suspension and an M Sport differential. Combined with the xDrive all-wheel drive system, surefooted power allows the M440i xDrive Gran Coupe Legacy Edition to sail from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.5 seconds. The 2024 BMW M440i xDrive Gran Coupe Legacy Edition will be available in six strictly-limited exterior/interior colour combinations with three assigned to 75 vehicles each while three others being applied to just 25 vehicles each. 


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BMW i5 M60 xDrive ($95,000): An all-electric version of the 5 Series becomes BMW’s latest addition to their BMW i lineup for 2024. Rather than simply launching as a battery electric sedan, the 2024 BMW i5 M60 xDrive will present Canadian buyers with a vehicle fully realized premium sedan for all seasons.

The i5 M60 xDrive is a potent performer thanks to what is described as BMW’s fifth generation eDrive technology. An electric motor at the front and rear allows the vehicle to operate as a steady all-wheel drive model. Generating a total 593 horsepower and 605 lb.-ft. of torque, the i5 M60 xDrive sedan can accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 3.8 seconds. Speed for the BMW’s latest electric sedan is electronically limited to 230 kilometers per hour. A lithium-ion battery pack with a 84.3 kWh usable capacity allows the i5 M60 xDrive to travel up to 412 kilometers on a single charge.

The 2024 i5 M60 xDrive’s interior features high-tech pieces such as a high resolution 14.9-inch Curved Display, BMW iDrive controller, an illuminated Interaction Bar with touch controls along the front dash panel and AirConsole. Heat pump technology is standard equipment with the i5 sedan while heating and cooling is piped throughout the cabin from seam vents. For owners more deeply invested in possessing a luxury vehicle that has less potential impact on the environment, BMW offers the new i5 sedan with a leather-free interior option using a material called Veganza. 

 

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BMW XM Label: ($259,000): Introduced last year as BMW’s ultimate crossover vehicle, the XM’s collective 644 horsepower from a 4.4 liter M TwinPower Turbo V8 engine and electric motor, the lively BMW XM arrived magnificently equipped for both sport and luxury. For 2024, the XM Label model is an up-the-ante effort by BMW on the sport activity vehicle. Thanks to a more powerful electric motor resulting in performance growing to 738 horsepower and 738 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2024 BMW XM Label becomes the most powerful M model the German auto manufacturer ever produced for the road. Accelerating from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in just 3.8 seconds, the XM Label’s M xDrive all-wheel drive, Adaptive M Suspension, Active four-wheel steering, and M Sport six-piston front brake calipers provides the driver with an optimized driving experience from a Digital Cockpit  while four additional occupants ride comfortably Merino leather seating. A limited global run of 500 BMW XM First Edition models will present the high performance crossover vehicle in Frozen Carbon Black with Toronto Red Metallic accenting the grille and rear diffuser.

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