The appearance and standard equipment of the BMW X4 M40i and BMW X4 M40d are based on the corresponding X3 models and, like these, have typical BMW M insignia such as the specific BMW M kidney grille with chrome frame, double kidney grille slats in black high-gloss and the M logo as well as the aerodynamically optimized M exterior mirrors in high-gloss black. The rear apron with the anvil-shaped insert is fitted with air curtain panels in high-gloss black. Similar to the BMW X3 M40i and BMW X3 M40d, the free-form tailpipe trims are in black chrome with the two "teeth" and the tires.
CUPRA boosts electrification and starts production of the Formentor e-HYBRID
CUPRA starts production of the new Formentor e-HYBRID, which will be on the market starting from March. With the two new 204PS and 245PS plug-in hybrid versions, the first car uniquely developed and designed for CUPRA continues to prove that performance and electrification are a perfect match. The new CUPRA Formentor e-HYBRID, which in the first weeks will reach a daily production of 100 units, will contribute to reducing global CO2 emissions and meeting European targets. In addition, as of this month, the company is now taking orders for the CUPRA Formentor e-HYBRID in its 245PS version, while the 204PS version will be available in the coming weeks. With these two versions, which join the launches of the CUPRA Leon e-HYBRID and the CUPRA Leon e-HYBRID Sportstourer, the brand will have a total of six PHEV versions on the market. When the full range of powertrains is commercially available, CUPRA aims to reach total turnover of 1 billion euros. The future CUPRA el-Born, the brand’s first all-electric model, will also be added to the portfolio later this year.
With the BMW i Vision Circular, the BMW Group is demonstrating the consistent design of a car according to the principles of a circular economy. The overall design goal of this visionary vehicle was to create a vehicle that is optimized for closed material cycles and achieves a rate of 100% recycled materials or 100% recyclability. In addition to bio-based and certified raw materials, materials that have already passed through a product life cycle – so-called secondary materials – are used for this purpose. This also applies to the energy storage system: The solid-state battery of the BMW i Vision Circular is 100% recyclable and almost completely made from recycled materials. At the same time, it will achieve a considerably higher energy density with significantly fewer of the most valuable resources. “We have included circularity in our concept right from the start when designing the BMW i Vision Circular. That's why this visionary vehicle is full of innovative ideas that combine sustainability with new and inspiring aesthetics – we call this approach Circular Design,” explains Adrian van Hooydonk, Head of BMW Group Design. Circular Design is based on the four principles RE:THINK, RE:DUCE, RE:USE and RE:CYCLE.
The Macan T has now been added to the successful Porsche model range. This is the first four-door sports car that will bear this special designation, which was previously the preserve of the 911 and 718 models. The letter T has represented a unique form of dynamic driving at Porsche since the 1960s. It stands for 'Touring' and identifies models that offer an especially dynamic driving experience thanks to precise tuning, exclusive equipment and efficient engines. True to the spirit of the Porsche 911 T from 1968, the new Macan T features an incredibly dynamic setup and a lightweight, two-litre turbo engine, combined with an athletic design and a range of standard equipment that is ideal for a dynamic driving style. This concept positions the Macan T between the Macan and the Macan S. The two-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged engine in the Macan T combines great agility, low weight and a compact design to create a package that offers an ideal balance of weight and performance. Compared with the 2.9-litre twin-turbo V6 in the Macan S and GTS models, the powertrain in the Macan T weighs 58.8 kilograms less on the front axle. This gives the vehicle excellent acceleration from a standstill and optimum cornering ability. The Macan T has an output of 195 kW (265 PS) and 400 Nm of torque – characteristics that suit the vehicle design and deliver an exhilarating driving experience. As with most Macan models, the engine is coupled with a quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel-drive system. A broad spread of torque provides responsive acceleration in all driving situations. When fitted with the standard Sport Chrono Package – including the mode switch and Sport Response button on the steering wheel – the Macan T accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds and reaches a top speed of 232 km/h.