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BMW at the 89th Geneva International Motor Show 2019.
20.02.2019 Press Release
The new BMW 7 Series makes its public show debut - BMW continues its model offensive in the electrified vehicle segment: world premiere for the new BMW 330e, new BMW X5 xDrive45e and plug-in hybrid members of the new BMW 7 Series range - BMW Energy Services pilots offers for free, green electricity to run electric cars - BMW Individual M850i Night Sky adds another glittering highlight to the show line-up.
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Munich/Geneva. The BMW stand at the International
Motor Show 2019 in Geneva focuses on the company’s continuing model
offensive in the luxury segment and the ongoing expansion of its range
of vehicles with electrified drive systems. Just a few weeks after
being unveiled to the world, the new BMW 7 Series luxury sedan is
making its show debut. In addition, the premium carmaker presents its
4th generation of Plug-In-Hybrid powertrains, setting a clear mark for
the importance of this technology aside from fully-electric cars:
BMW 745e, BMW 745Le, BMW 745Le xDrive
System-Power: 290 kW; 0-100km/h: 5,3-5,1 s;
electric range: 50-58 km; fuel consumption: 2,6–2,1 l/100 km; electric power consumption: 16,3–15,1 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions from combustion engine: 52–48 g/km**
BMW 330e Sedan
System-power: 185 kW; 0-100km/h: 6,0 s; electric range: 60 km; fuel consumption: 1.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions from combustion engine: 39 g/km**
BMW X5 xDrive45e
System-power: 290 kW; 0-100 km/h: 5,6 s; electric range: 80 km; fuel consumption: 2.1 l/100 km; electric power consumption: 23.0 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions from combustion engine: 49 g/km**
(**) All figues related to range, consumption and emissions are based on the European legislative test-procedure „NEDC combined“ and are preliminary.
Together with the new generation of Plug-In-Hybrid models, BMW Energy Services is piloting packages of free green electricity, as a future basic component of electrified cars.
And the presentation of the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky adds another unique highlight to the Geneva show line-up.
The BMW brand’s renewed focus on the luxury segment is encapsulated by the new incarnation of the BMW 7 Series presented in Geneva. A specially designed logo and “Bayerische Motoren Werke” written out in full express a tradition of quality, innovative power and ultimate exclusivity. The luxury sedan’s design, driving qualities and equipment features give it everything it needs to offer highly discerning customers an intense and emotionally engaging mobility experience. Stepping up the brand’s presence in the luxury segment is one of the fields of action pursued by the BMW Group in order to secure sustained growth in car markets worldwide.
As part of its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy, the company has also
defined electric mobility as one of the four future-focused areas
known as ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electrified and
Services/Shared). 2018 was a record-breaking year for sales of the BMW
Group’s electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, with over 140,000 sold
worldwide – which means the company remains Europe’s most successful
manufacturer of electrified cars. Through its commitment to expanding
its model range, the BMW Group is aiming to have over half a million
vehicles with an electrified drive system available worldwide by the
end of 2019.
Show premiere in Geneva: the new BMW 7 Series.
Premium carmaker BMW is again upping the profile of its flagship models in the luxury segment with extensive design updates, a more advanced line-up of engines and cutting-edge operating, driver assistance and connectivity technology. The restyling of the new BMW 7 Series exterior clearly accentuates the car’s assured presence and cultured elegance. Inside the cabin, new equipment features, improved acoustic comfort and the latest-generation display and operating system all help to raise the feel-good factor another notch.
The luxury sedan’s prestigious status shines through particularly prominently at its front end, which now rises 50 millimetres taller and features a 40-per-cent-larger BMW kidney grille and slimmer headlights. The bonnet and front apron also sport a new look. The car’s flanks are a picture of precision, thanks to the new upright positioning of the Air Breathers and trim strips extended all the way to the rear. The design update is rounded off by a restyled rear apron and a slender light strip below the chrome bar linking the rear lights, which are likewise slimmer than before. The Exclusive Nappa leather trim with extended quilting (new on the options list) and new interior trim strips help imbue the cabin with a highly exclusive air. In addition, the buttons on the multifunction steering wheel have been rearranged and the wireless charging tray for smartphones repositioned, while the optional Ambient highlight also has a new finish. The screen grouping formed by the instrument cluster and Control Display comes with the software features of BMW Operating System 7.0, as does the BMW Touch Command control unit for the rear. The wealth of functions provided by the standard and optional driver assistance systems for the new BMW 7 Series now extends to include the Reversing Assistant.
The further developed engine line-up for the BMW 7 Series comprises a
V12 now fitted with a gasoline particulate filter, a new
eight-cylinder petrol engine and three six-cylinder in-line diesel
units. The three plug-in hybrid models in the new BMW 7 Series
portfolio offer increased drive power and greater electric range. All
model variants comply with the requirements of the Euro 6d-TEMP
Second-generation plug-in hybrid variants of the BMW 7 Series,
BMW X5 and BMW 3 Series Sedan make their debut.
The new BMW 7 Series Plug-in-Hybrids take all of the luxury sedan’s sporting prowess, passenger comfort and feel-good ambience and combine them with the option of virtually silent motoring with zero local emissions. A six-cylinder in-line petrol engine and an electric motor team up to power all three models. Together they can unleash a combined output of 290 kW with the Driving Experience Control switch set to SPORT mode. The high-voltage battery’s energy capacity has been increased too, extending all-electric range from 54 to 58 kilometres for the BMW 745e, from 52 to 55 kilometres for the BMW 745Le and from 50 to 54 kilometres for the BMW 745Le xDrive.
The second-generation BMW X5 with electrified powertrain also comes with a straight-six petrol engine specially modified for the job at hand. It teams up with an electric motor to generate system output of 290 kW. Available from August 2019, the BMW X5 xDrive45e completes the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 5.6 seconds (provisional figure). The BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system is on hand to deliver a sporty brand of driving pleasure on the road and supremely assured performance off it by distributing the drive power from the engine and motor to all four wheels. The new BMW X5 xDrive45e wouldn’t be complete without the latest battery cell technology to call on. The resulting electric range of up to 80 kilometres allows most daily commutes to be completed with zero local emissions. The new BMW X5 xDrive45e also has all the right credentials for much longer journeys and trips away, thanks to its 69-litre fuel tank and a versatile boot offering between 500 and 1,716 litres of luggage space.
A four-cylinder petrol engine, an electric motor and a
latest-generation lithium-ion battery form the basis for the plug-in
hybrid system in the new BMW 330e Sedan. It generates a combined
output of 185 kW, which can be briefly increased by up to 30 kW
courtesy of the standard XtraBoost function. This is sufficient to
propel the car to 100 km/h from rest in 6.0 seconds (provisional
figure). The BMW 330e Sedan due to come out in July 2019 doesn’t just
deliver sporty driving pleasure in abundance, it also excels in terms
of its fuel consumption figures. The car’s maximum electric range is
60 kilometres – around 50 per cent further than its predecessor.
BMW Energy Services pilots packages of free green electricity.
At the same time as expanding its model range, the BMW Group – in its capacity as a systems supplier for electric mobility – is also seeking to provide BMW and MINI customers with free green electricity for their cars. After first pilot offers in Switzerland and France, from April 2019 on Germany will follow with extended cost-free green-energy-packages for use at home and while out and about. Perspectively, all electric cars will be able of feeding energy back into the power grid. With BMW Energy Services not only car users will benefit from the new opportunities arising as the energy revolution merges with electric mobility, but also fleet operators, energy suppliers and property owners.
One of a kind: the BMW Individual M850i Night Sky.
Visitors to the Geneva Motor Show can also feast their eyes on a one-off BMW Individual version of the new BMW 8 Series luxury sports car. The BMW Individual M850i Night Sky (fuel consumption combined: 9.8 – 9.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 224 – 221 g/km) blends outstanding performance potential with design and equipment features that are literally out of this world. The BMW Individual Manufaktur customisation facility used meteoritic rock to adorn the centre console’s trim plate, the start/stop button for the V8 engine, the selector lever for the eight-speed Steptronic transmission, the Touch Controller for the iDrive system and the car’s door sill finishers. The headliner, centre console, brake discs, exterior mirror caps and many other exterior components also feature a design with extra-terrestrial origins, the strictly geometric Widmanstätten structure characteristic of meteoritic material being deftly incorporated into their respective surface finishes.
The specialists from BMW Individual Manufaktur have therefore harnessed their creative flair, technological expertise and innovative skills to bring the night sky into the car. The BMW Individual M850i Night Sky boasts yet another highlight in the form of aluminium brake callipers with a bionic design. Developed by BMW Motorsport, they are likewise manufactured as unique specimens using 3D printing techniques. BMW Individual has taken exclusiveness and luxury for cars into a whole new dimension with this one-off car’s stellar design and the materials and production processes involved in making it.
Figures relating to performance, fuel/electric power consumption, CO2 emissions and operating range accordingly to EU regulations.
All figures in this press release relating to performance, fuel/electric power consumption, CO2 emissions and operating range are provisional. The fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, electric power consumption and electric range figures are determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany. The range shown considers the different sizes of the selected wheels/tyres and the selected items of optional equipment, and may vary during configuration.
The values are based on the new WLTP test cycle and are translated
back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure comparability
between the vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for
vehicle-related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on
CO2 emissions, the CO2 values may differ from the values stated here
(depending on national legislation).
Further information on official fuel consumption figures and specific CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is included in the following guideline: 'Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen' (Guide to the fuel economy, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained free of charge from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.
The BMW Group
With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 30 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2017 was € 10.655 billion on revenues amounting to € 98.678 billion. As of 31 December 2017, the BMW Group had a workforce of 129,932 employees.
The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.