New BMW 4 Series Enters Production, Brings XXL Grille To Assembly Line
Four more models launched in parallel +++ BMW 5 Series gets a design upgrade and adds electrified drivetrain variants +++ Sharper presence for BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
Dingolfing. No less than five new models celebrated the launch of their series today at the BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. The first innovation is the BMW 4 Series Coupé, which continues the tradition of the sports coupe at the BMW site in Lower Bavaria with its individual and sporty character. The updated models of the BMW 5 Series Sedan, including the BMW M5 and the BMW 5 Series Touring, will exit the production line at the same time. All vehicles with four- and six-cylinder engines will now offer not only a cleaner design, but also very efficient, smooth 48-volt hybrid technology – ensuring better driving performance with better fuel economy and improved driving comfort . It will also benefit the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, which impresses customers with its exceptional long-distance capabilities.
Christoph Schröder, Plant Manager BMW Group Plant Dingolfing: “Starting production of five models at the same time requires careful planning and intense focus on the whole plant. Despite the temporary suspension of production and the restart in one go under coronavirus conditions, we managed to release the new BMW 4 Series Coupé, BMW 5 Series and BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo on time, with the highest level quality. It is a great achievement of the Dingolfing team and of the whole process chain which has earned me the greatest respect. “
The new BMW 4 Series Coupé
Elegant sports coupes are an essential part of the history of the BMW model and also have a long tradition at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, starting with the BMW 6 Series Coupé in 1976. 44 years later, the new BMW 4 Series Coupé now part of the production chain in Lower Bavaria, bringing its autonomous design and distinctive profile to the premium intermediate segment. The main markets for the two-door coupe are the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany.
The new BMW 4 Series uses intelligent lightweight construction to support its unique sporty handling: the hood, front side panels and doors of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé are made of aluminum at the Dingolfing press plant. The key chassis components also come from the adjacent BMW Group 02.10 factory: The Dingolfing component factory supplies the galvanized front axle support, the front and rear axle and the axle transmission for assembly in the factory of the vehicle.
A BMW M440i xDrive Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 7.1–6.8 l / 100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 163–155 g / km) will make its debut at the top of the range. Its particularly powerful inline six-cylinder petrol engine of 275 kW / 374 hp offers exceptional performance, capable of sprinting from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.5 seconds. Two four-cylinder petrol engines and a four-cylinder diesel unit will also be available from market launch in October 2020. Two in-line six-cylinder diesel engines will also join the range in March 2021.
The interior design and equipment options are also clearly focused on creating a particularly intense driving experience. The new BMW 4 Series Coupé is fitted as standard with a retractable seat belt extension and a windshield with acoustic glass. The new BMW 4 Series Coupé will be launched on the world market in October 2020, with prices starting from 45,800 EUR.
Model update for BMW 5 Series and BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo
Four new BMW 5 Series and 6 Series models will also be launched at the Dingolfing site in July 2020, alongside the new BMW 4 Series. Stefan Schmid, chairman of the works council of the BMW Group Dingolfing factory: “Five to that time. With the start of production of the new BMW 4 Series Coupé and the updating of the BMW 5 Series and BMW 6 Series models taking place at the same time, Dingolfing staff has proven once again that they can master complex launches and that the company can count on our location. . Our factory is now ideally prepared for other models later this year, as well as the serial launch of the BMW iNEXT in 2021. ”
The BMW 5 Series has been a real success for BMW Group Plant Dingolfing since 1972. More than 630,000 vehicles of the current generation of models have already been sold worldwide. Targeted optimizations now create the conditions necessary to continue the success of the BMW 5 Series. For example, the BMW grille has been improved and the LED headlights have received new graphics, while the rear lights have been modeled in three dimensions.
BMW M GmbH has also given its high-performance BMW M5 sedan (combined fuel consumption: 10.6–10.5 l / 100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 242–239 g / km) a cleaner appearance, including a redesign of the front and rear aprons.
The BMW 5 Series now offers even more options for electric transmission: the BMW 530e sedan (fuel consumption in l / 100 km (combined): 1.8-1.7; CO2 emissions in g / km (combined) : 42-39; electricity consumption in kWh / 100 km (combined): 14.8-13.7) is available immediately with the latest generation of battery cells – allowing 100% electric range from 62 to 67 km. The battery will be manufactured at factory 02.20, the BMW Group’s center of competence for the production of electronic drives. From autumn 2020, the BMW 5 Series Touring will also be available for the first time as a plug-in hybrid. BMW 545e xDrive Sedan (combined fuel consumption: 2.4–2.1 l / 100 km; combined power consumption: 16.3–15.3 kWh / 100 km; CO2 emissions from combined fuel: 54–49 g / km) will be the first hybrid plug-in with a six-cylinder petrol engine. This means that from November 2020, five variants of the BMW 5 Series electrified models will be available.
In addition, all four- and six-cylinder engines will come standard with ultra-efficient 48-volt mild hybrid technology. Depending on the driving situation, the starter-alternator can either regenerate the braking energy or provide an 11-horsepower boost. It will also benefit all model variants of the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo, which is proving very popular in China, South Korea and India, thanks to its elegant appearance and exceptional comfort over longer distances.