BMW coyly dropped a few hints about its 2014 models in the last quarter of 2013, but now that we’re fully into the new year it’s time to take a look at what BMW has to offer and which of these cars might best find a place in your garage.
The 3 Series
Savvy readers will remember Eduard Huma’s early review of the 2014 BMW 328i xDrive GT. Huma noted that the car was taller, wider, and longer than other 3-series models, and includes the ZF 8-speed automatic transmission.
Here’s what Huma had to say about throttle: “The 2.0-liter engine delivers 245 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. At 1,250 rpm, the engine provides sufficient torque to really feel specially treated in the GT version.”
The 3 Series has always been BMW’s most accessible model, and the 2014 versions look to follow this trend, although BMW is clearly hoping to convert some drivers to a 4 series car. Either way, give the 328i xDrive GT a spin and see how the extra inches handle on the road.
Remember that a slightly larger car requires a specifically designed set of BMW parts, so don’t buy without having a good 2014 BMW OEM Parts dealer on hand.
The 4 Series
Although the 3 Series cars have always been BMW’s wheelhouse, 2014 looks like it’s going to be all about the 4 Series.
The New York Daily News called the 2014 4 Series cars “the dawn of a whole new era,” and for good reason: in addition to the remarkable road handling for which BMWs are known, the 4 Series cars have the lowest center of gravity of any of BMW’s current models, and offer multiple driving settings, including Sporty, Eco, and Comfort Drive.
Of course, the 4 Series cars are bigger and are packed with more features than the 3 Series cars, even the plus-sized 328i xDrive GT. The difference this year is BMW is marketing the 4 Series to the everyday luxury car owner in addition to the driving enthusiast. In short: BMW wants to get you into its 428i, which has a cylinder engine, or the even more powerful 435i, with a six-cylinder engine.
BMW’s banking that once you step into a 4 Series, you’ll never look back at the 3 Series again.
The 5 Series
BMW devoted less effort this year to improving its 5 Series than it did for its 3 and 4 Series. If you’re interested in a 5 Series car, trust that the 2014 models are going to give you the space and speed that you need.
However, the 2014 528i and 535i cars are essentially the same as their 2013 models, making the yearly upgrade less essential. If you already have a 5 Series car in good condition, don’t buy a 2014 version; simply fix any worn-out components with new BMW parts and wait until BMW comes out with something revolutionary for its mid-sized luxury sedan line.
The i3 Electric Car
It would be remiss to write about 2014 BMWs and leave out the new BMW electric i3. For a while, the rumor mill was abuzz with the story that actress Anne Hathaway had one of these cutting-edge cars imported from Germany so she wouldn’t have to wait for it to go on sale in the US.
While this rumor was fully debunked, it is a clear indicator of the excitement surrounding the i3 release.
With a set of reverse-hinged “coach doors,” a two-cylinder motorcycle engine in place of the usual car engine, the single-pedal regenerative braking system, and the media buzz that BMW has created the world’s best urban electric car, we’re all excited about seeing the i3 on the road.
Of all the cars that BMW is releasing in 2014, this one is likely to be the true game-changer, and the must-buy for both the eco-enthusiast and the automotive collector.