New BMW models brighten up our summer

The stunning new BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe goes on sale this month. And a three-door version of the 1-Series will also debut. More on those in the coming weeks.

Looking a little further down the road, we will also see the fifth-generation BMW 3-Series Touring (sports estate ) go on sale in September.

It will be offered with a choice of 2-litre, four-cylinder (182bhp ), a 3-litre straight-six (254bhp ) diesel, as well as a turbocharged 2-litre four-cylinder (242bhp ) unit. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on the big-selling 320d diesel versions, as well as on the 328i petrol too. And an all-new eight-speed automatic transmission is now standard kit on the 330d.

Important improvements include noticeable extra knee room and headroom for rear-seat passengers. There is more luggage space too - in fact BMW says it now offers more than the rivals, the Audi A4 Avant, and Mercedes-Benz C-Class estate.

Access too has improved with the more functional rear seats 40:20 split and fold-down revealing a better load area. An electrically powered boot is also standard.

Standard spec on the new 3-Series Touring includes 17" alloy wheels, automatic air conditioning, and BMW's Professional radio with 6.5ins colour screen with iDrive control as well as a a USB audio interface. It also has keyless start and cruise control as standard.


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