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BMW upgrades range, increases prices

The introduction of the new ‘55’-registration plate on September 1 heralds the arrival of new model derivatives in the 1, 3, 5, 6, 7-series and X3 ranges.

The new BMW 318d, 318i and 330d Saloons join the benchmark compact executive 320i, 325i, 330i and 320d models in the 3-series range. The 330d also joins the BMW 3 Touring line-up.

The V8-powered BMW 540i and 550i are both introduced at the same time as a 367bhp 5.0-litre V8 engine also debuts in the 650i Coupé and Convertible. Sport variants of the 6-series also appear for the first time to sit between the standard and high performance M6 in the range. A new long-wheelbase diesel-powered 7-series and new 2.0-litre petrol and 3.0-litre diesel-powered X3 models complete the wave of new product launched by BMW.

In addition to the new models, most ranges in the current line-up receive increases in specification levels while M Sport variants are also launched on five of the models in the BMW range.

Following the announcement of the high performance 265bhp 130i to the range, all 1-series variants now come with automatic drive-away door locking function.

Additionally, technology from larger BMW models has now been added to the 1-series. The second-generation of Active Steering, offering better manoeuvrability at lower speeds and greater stability at higher speeds is offered for the first time on 130i models only. Adaptive Headlights that turn to illuminate the direction the car is steering rather than the direction it is pointing, are also available.

Prices for all new BMW cars sold from September, will increase by an average of 1%.

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