The most exacting environmental compatibility requirements have been put in place throughout the value chain and for the full life cycle of the BMW iX. The car is currently in the final phase of its series development. At market launch – which will get underway at the end of 2021 – customers will be able to choose from two model variants: the BMW iX xDrive50 and BMW iX xDrive40. The BMW iX redefines the successful Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) concept. It is the first model based on a new, modular, scalable toolkit on which the future of the BMW Group will be built. The development and production of the BMW iX follow an all-encompassing approach to sustainability involving compliance with strict environmental and social standards in the extraction of raw materials, plus the use of electricity from renewable sources and a high proportion of recycled materials in the mix.
The Porsche 718 models - Extended equipment in the new Porsche model year
The Porsche 718 family is starting the 2021 model year with a number of further innovations. High-quality Race-Tex fabrics are replacing Alcantara. The new fabrics are modeled on the covers of racing seats. They have a particularly breathable structure and offer more support. The color palette of the GT models 718 Cayman GT4 and 718 Spyder is being expanded to include Python Green, an expressive special paint finish. For the 718 Spyder, the Aurum-colored paint finish familiar from the GT4 is now also available for the 20-inch wheel. In addition, the roadster can be ordered with normal summer tires in identical dimensions instead of the standard ultra-high performance tires.
The progressive premium characteristics of the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer are also underscored by its extensive standard equipment. It not only includes the BMW Maps navigation system, four USB-C connections and a 12-volt connection each on the center console and in the luggage compartment, intelligent 2-zone automatic air conditioning, a sports leather steering wheel and a rain sensor with automatic headlight control, but also also a significantly increased number of driver assistance systems compared to the previous model and a parking assistant with reversing camera. Newly structured equipment packages enable a particularly targeted individualization of the vehicle. High-quality interior trim strips are available, as are surfaces for the instrument panel and the front door panels in the Sensatec variant with distinctive contrasting stitching. A mirror package, ambient light, the panoramic glass roof and the Harman Kardon Sound System also contribute to increasing the premium characteristics.
Twelve years ago, Porsche introduced the first GTS version of the 911. Now, a new generation of the popular sports car model is being launched – more powerful and visually distinctive, and with better driving dynamics than ever. Its six-cylinder boxer engine delivers 353 kW: Fuel consumption combined 11.4 – 10.4 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined 259 – 236 g/km), which is 22 kW (30 PS) more than the current 911 Carrera S and the previous 911 GTS. An eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) or a seven-speed manual, as well as GTS-specific suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and the high-performance braking system from the 911 Turbo, ensure the superior transmission of longitudinal and lateral forces. Driving dynamics will be further improved with the Lightweight Design package, which will be available for the first time for the GTS from November 2021 and saves up to 25 kilograms.