2017 Frankfurt motor show Preview: 8 Cars That We All Should Look Out For
The doors to the 67th IAA International Motor Show will be open to the public from September 16th onward. As usual, you can expect some exciting new releases and alongside futuristic concept cars at the show.
What we are interested in is the facts how many cars from the Frankfurt Motor show are relevant for the Indian market. Thus we have picked 10 of the most exciting cars which will be displayed at the Auto show along with their details.
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Pay Rs 49.90 Lakh To Get Your Hands On A Brand New 2017 BMW 5 Series
BMW has launched the new 2017 5-series in India today; the covers were taken off from the new generation model last year October. The new 5 Series replaced its predecessor codenamed F10, and it was an immensely popular model and was on sale until now.
BMW introduced the new 5 Series with three trim levels which include Sport Line, Luxury Line and M-Sport along with the choices of three engine options at the same time. The prices for the new 5 series start at INR 49.90 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) while the top end model is priced at INR 61.3 Lakhs (ex-showroom Delhi). Apart from the powerful engine the new 5 Series is also more technologically advanced machine offering plenty of advanced techs both inside and outside.
Below we have provided complete details of the all new 5 series and what does this new sedan brings to the table that its predecessor didn’t and also many more interesting stuff.
5 Of The Fastest Luxury Sedans You Can Buy In India
It is not always that you cannot have fun with big luxurious cars well we have picked five luxurious sedans which can provide you with the equal amount of fun when you get behind the wheels of any of these sedans. These powerful cars with some serious horsepower under the hood can even make some sportscar face go red.
If you are one of those few men, who want to spend a lot of money on a single car which can serve the purpose of carrying your entire family in the lap of luxury while at the same time can also provide an equal amount of fun while you step on the accelerator. Then perhaps our list of cars might come in handy for you.
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BMW Unveils ’M’ Brands Flagship Offering The BMW M8 Prototype
Only recently BMW has unveiled the Concept 8 Series Coupe in Italy and we all loved the fact that BMW is launching the production variant in 2018. The Concept 8 Series coupe gets many modern features on the outside where the occupants will get to enjoy all the luxury that the German Auto manufacturer provides on their top end cars.
BMW has now also previewed the prototype M variant of the 8 Series Coupe as well, called the M8 this Coupe would not only get M brands treatment both on the outside as well inside but will also be slightly powerful than the standard variant.
The reports state that the M8 will be unveiled in a driving presentation as part of the support programme for the Nürburgring 24-hour race. As expected the M8 will get all the Classical M features like a larger air intake towards the front restyled front grille, bigger brakes and a sports exhaust with four tailpipes which helps in signifying the booster power output and performance figures of the car. The car will inherit its genes from the production variant of the 8 Series Coupe but will get added trackability and some extra sharpness that we find in other M cars. This car will BMW’s M Brands flagship offering and thus will most probably also be their most powerful offering as well. Although, no details of the interior is out yet but expect it to get all the M brands treatment like sports seats M badges on the steering wheel, etc.
2017 BMW Concept 8 Series
BMW has just unveiled the Concept 8 Series Coupe concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy. Although this is a concept car, we are pretty sure the design you see here will be carried on the production car as well with few exceptions to make the vehicle worthy for the road. The car is expected to launch in the year 2018 and will be a part of the biggest model offensive in the company’s history.
As you can already notice the 8 series displays razor sharp dynamics and modern luxury and will be the next model which will be added to BMW lineup of cars. This car will be the benchmark of coupes in this segment and also will be the flagship offering from the luxury brand. You also have to keep in mind the fact the fact that BMW resurrected the 8 series after almost 19 years. The 8 series could also possibly be the replacement for the 6 series as well which means BMW might also launch few other variants as well including a two-door coupe, a four-door Gran Coupe, and a cabriole just like the ones we have seen with the 6 series.
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BMW Discontinues X3 3.0 Litre Diesel Unit In India
BMW silently discontinues the 3.0 Litre diesel unit of the X3 lineup from India. This used to be their top end diesel variant which they offered in the Indian market. After the discontinuation, the X3 model lineup now continues to be sold in the Indian market only with the 2.0-litre, four cylinder petrol and diesel powertrains in India.
The top end 3.0 Litre inline six-cylinder unit was available only with the high-end M-sport trim and only with the xDrive 30d guise. The twin turbo diesel unit was capable of producing an impressive 255 Hp of peak power and equally impressive 580 Nm of torque. The diesel engine was paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, and it also came along with paddle shifters.
Now after the discontinuation of this powerful diesel unit the X3 model will be available with only a single 2.0 Litre four-cylinder diesel unit which is capable of producing about 188 Bhp of peak power and 400 Nm of torque. Apart from this diesel unit, there is also a 2.0 Litre petrol unit on offer as well with the X3. The petrol unit is capable of producing about 241 Bhp of peak power and 350 Nm of peak torque. Both the diesel and the petrol engine come paired to an 8-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox.
2018 BMW M5
BMW has officially revealed details of their upcoming M5 sedan even before its launch. The sixth generation of this popular sporty machine will be launched in the coming months and according to the official statement will get the M xDrive system, which is BMW’s term for the all-wheel drive system. Apart from the enhanced performance, the new generation M5 will also get better everyday practicality at the same time.
For the first time in BMW M5 history, the sports sedan will get all wheel drive system with the Active M Differential. The drivetrain, in particular, has been reinforced for greater rigidity and strength which will help in assisting the high torque, rear-biased configuration and 2WD option. Apart from all these hardware changes the new M5 also gets a redesigned cockpit as well which comes with a driver focussed cockpit and a free standing control display.
Now just like it’s more sober sibling 5-series expect the M5 sedan also to lose weight and also gain new engines. It’s been confirmed that the new generation M5 will get the latest version of 4.4 Litre V8 unit which also features M Twin Turbo power technology. There is no doubt that this new engine is more powerful than its predecessor regarding power and torque output.
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2017 BMW 5 Series To Launch In June
There is no doubt that the 5-series sedan is one of the most popular cars on the Indian market from BMW, it also happens to be the second best-selling model after the 3-series. BMW unveiled the new 5-series back in 2016, and it has replaced the F10 model which has been for sale in the Indian market for quite some time now. The new 5-Series has stepped into its seventh generation and is called G30/G31/G32 internally.
It is not too hard to imagine that the new generation 5 series has taken its styling inspiration from the flagship 7-series model. This upcoming sedan will compete directly with the rivals like the new Mercedes E-Class Long wheelbase, Audi A6 and the Jaguar XF. As far as the pricing is concerned the new generation, 5-Series prices will start from around INR. 55 Lakhs(ex-showroom) while the top end variant is expected to be priced at INR. 65 Lakhs.
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BMW Introduces Petrol Variant Of The X3 & X5 SUV In India
BMW has introduced the petrol variant of their X3 and X5 Crossover in India today. This step has been taken by time in order to expand their petrol model lineup in the market. The X3 is launched in the xDrive28i trim and is priced at INR. 54.9 lakh while BMW has decided to introduce the X Drive 35i trim for the X5 variant and is priced at INR. 73.5 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The X3 xDrive28i is powered by the 2.0-litre TwinPower four-cylinder turbo-petrol motor. This unit is capable of producing about 245hp of peak power and 350Nm of torque in between paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox as standard. BMW claims that the SUV is capable of sprinting from 0-100kph in 6.5 seconds. The car can sprint from 0-100 km/h mark in just 6.5 seconds.
The Petrol X3 will take on the Mercedes GLC and the recently introduced Land Rover Discover Sport. The SUV has received a completely new front face which gets slightly restyled front and rear bumpers. Headlamp which comes integrated with LED units. While towards the side profile it gets a completely new alloy wheels as well. Inside the car gets a Piano Black central console and dark coloured upholstery. It also gets a bootlid which comes with electric opening function.
2017 BMW 5 Series
BMW took the covers off the all new seventh generation 5 series recently and this all new sedan promises to have all the tools to make this another success story.
The new sedan according to BMW will help them set a new benchmark in the large vehicles class, the new sedan will not only lead the position in terms of technology but also will have huge emotional appeal as well. The new 5 series also packs couple of new technologies as well all inspired from the bigger 7 series. While it is also built on the same CLAR – Cluster Architecture platform, this new platform, this new sedan also uses lightweight metals in its construction which has helped it loose some significant amount of weight.
Apart from being more aerodynamic, technologically advanced the new 5 Series also packs quite a punch from its more powerful petrol and diesel engines. The new and improved sedan gets powerful four cylinder and even 6 cylinder engines under its hood which are paired to eight speed-speed Steptronic transmission.
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2017 BMW Concept X2
BMW showcased a brand new concept car at the 2016 Paris Motor show and it definitely attracted lot of attention. This concept is their newest addition to the compact car segment, called the Concept X2 this car’s unique design and Urban Sporting appeal is what sets it apart from the rest.
BMW is pitching this vehicle for those people who try to find both funs as well practicality in a vehicle. The X2 seem to blend fast moving body language as well as well as low slung coupe proportions under one structure. While the concept also has enough robust features and designs to be called a member of BMW’s ‘X’ family of vehicles.
According to the reports BMW has plans to launch the production variant of the Concept X2 In Europe towards the second quarter of 2018 or early 2019. Although no details of the drivetrains are available as of yet but it will most probably share the engines with the X1 Crossover.
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King of Rock’n’Roll Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 Restored Back To Formal Glory
The classic car you are seeing in these images belonged to the ‘Kings of Rock and Rolls’ Elvis Presley. The US musician bought this car while he was actually doing his military service for the army in Germany. The iconic car seemed to have disappeared and after almost 50 years it was discovered in pretty bad shape. BMW then decided to restore the 507 with chassis number 70079 back to its formal glory.
After almost two years of exacting restoration work the now restored 507 will be showcased infront of the public at the prestigious Concours d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California on 21st August. When the iconic singer took delivery of his prestigious BMW 507 on 28th December 1958, the roadster was finished in feather white colour and was powered by a V8 all aluminium engine which produced an impressive 150 Hp of power back then. The car also featured centre lock rims, black and white interior and Becker Mexico Radio.
Bringing this old iconic car of the legend back to life was not an easy job. Although the cars original parts and other components were all present and intact but the 507’s engine and gearbox were missing, while the rear axle too was actually a replacement part of an unknown origin. The car also had rust problems which was actually eating away the floor assembly. Even the cars seats were all torn and the instrument cluster too was missing.
Top 5 Hybrid Cars Available in India
The world automotive market is becoming more and more open towards the hybrid and electric cars. But India customers still are not so much open about the hybrid cars or electric ones. We still rely heavily on fossil fuels over environment friendly electric or hybrid powertrains. Though in recent past we have seen the Indian customers are gradually opening up towards new ideas. More and more customers are now a days opting to buy the hybrid cars.
Indian government is also encouraging the customers to buy hybrid cars for better environment in future. The hybrid cars come with a specially discounted price, which is offered by the Indian government. Here we made a list of the top 5 hybrid cars available in Indian market. Interestingly, in this list you will find supercars to small hatchbacks as well as executive sedans also.
5 luxury SUVs with 2000 cc diesel engines banned in Delhi-NCR
Delhi and NCR is the place where most of the luxury cars can be seen in entire India. Being a diesel loving country the customers based in Delhi and NCR also love to buy diesel based luxury cars. And one more thing is, when it is about cars, we Indians love the SUVs. Now coming to our topic today the luxury SUVs in India has taken a toll recently.
The Delhi government imposed a ban on the 2000 cc and above diesel engine capacitated cars in the national capital region. Due to the large diesel engine no cars carrying 2000 cc and above diesel engines are allowed for registration in Delhi and NCR. Therefore the luxury auto manufacturers present in India has suffered a major sales decline, as this region itself comes with a large customer base for these companies. Three German luxury automaker – Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz are at the forefront of the affected automakers due to the ban in the region. Among these three auto manufacturers, Mercedes Benz has suffered the biggest blow, as the company is the best sold brand in the region, and a large number of their cars are capacitated with 2000 cc or larger diesel engines.
Here, we will take a close look at the luxury SUVs which have been affected by the diesel ban in Delhi and NCR.
What is Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official car?
When it comes to the official vehicle of state heads, it is about utmost security. Although earlier Mercedes Benz S-Class was the official presidential and prime minister’s vehicle, but later Prime Minister Narendra Modi choose the BMW 7 Series as his official car.
Here is a video, which shows our Prime Minister and his BMW 7 Series in many occasions. The BMW 7 Series is the top model from the German automaker’s stable. It is fitted with range of safety measures like protection against bomb and bullets, poison gas, automatic fire extinguishing system, autonomous fresh air intake system etc. The BMW 7 Series is available in two different powertrains. There is 3.0 litre BMW Twin turbo engine generating 326 hp of peak power and 450 Nm of peak torque. Another engine is a 3.0 litre BMW twin power engine churning out 265 hp of peak power and 620 Nm of peak torque.
Lamborghinis, Ferrari, Mercedes Benzs ripping the Delhi roads: Video
No wonder, Delhi and national capital region is known for having numerous spectacular and exotic luxury cars, while the number of supercars in the region is also relatively very larger than the other part of the country. It is not a rare sight if you catch the glimpse of a Lamborghini or a Ferrari running past you in the national capital region.
It seems a supercar club named Cannon Ball of Delhi arranged a night run event for its members where numerous Lamborghinis, Mercedes Benzs, BMWs, Bentleys and Ferraris took part, and all those cars just ripped the Delhi roads. The video here shows Lamborghini Huracan, Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari F12, BMW M3, and Bentley Continental GT running through the roads of Delhi in their night run event. The sounds from the race spec exhaust are simply unmistakable.
Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan Takes Delivery Of His New BMW i8
It is hard to keep track of every Bollywood actor and their swanky new rides that they add to their garages often but when it comes to King Khan the situation is little different. Recently Bollywood Actor Shah Rukh Khan bought a brand new BMW i8; this car was delivered at Bollywood Baadshah’s doorsteps by Sharad Kachalia who happens to be BMW Navneet Motor’s director.
Shah Rukh Kahn may not be a huge car fan but he does have plenty of sweet rides to his collection. Infact Shah Rukh Khan’s BMW 7 Series is popular across Mumbai because he has been using the car for a long time now. As already mentioned that Shah Rukh Khan may not be a huge car fan but he has some really good collection of cars which includes an Audi A6, BMW 7 Series, Bentley Continental GT, and Mercedes-Benz GL- Class which actually is mostly used by his wife Gauri Khan and also a Rolls Royce Phantom.
Shah Rukh Khan choose the White color for his new BMW i8, he is definitely the third celebrity in Mumbai to own the new Hybrid from BMW after Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and actress Shilpa Shetty. The BMW i8 is priced at INR. 2.29 Crores ex showroom. Unfortunately the Baadshah himself was unavailable for any comment about his newest purchase.
BMW i3 Analyzed: Video
BMW i is a part of the German automaker BMW, which is responsible for developing and making electric cars. The German automaker launched the i3 compact hatchback in 2013, which stirred quite a sensation around the world. This is the first fully electric car from the German automaker; there it is a zero emission car. The BMW i sells i8 plug in hybrid electric supercar, but that is not fully electric powered.
The power source for the BMW i3 is a 125 kW electric motor which generates 168 bhp of peak power combined with a 22 kWh lithium ion battery. The compact urban five door car can run 130 kilometers with a fully charged battery. The transmission duty is done by a single speed automatic gearbox. The car comes in rear wheel drive configuration. The electric motor is positioned at the behind of the car and the battery stack is placed below the floor. Apart from using an environment friendly powertrain the car has been built using several elements which are eco friendly. Here is a video, which shows the mechanism and all the details about the BMW i3. Take a look.