2015 saw BMW refresh several of its smaller driving machines with big investments in the M2, 3 Series, and X1 models.
M2 goes on sale in the spring of 2016. Looking at the two door coupe, we can see all the tell tale signs attributed to BMW's M cars: Swollen body work, meaner looking face, larger intakes, and 19 inch wheels. As far as performance, BMW says the 2016 M2 hits 0-60 in 4.2 seconds with the optional dual-clutch automatic and 4.4 seconds with the standard six-speed manual.
3 series gets a refresh and two new models for 2016. Of the host of upgrades for the 3 series, some changes include: tweaks to the suspension, steering, gear ratios, interior space, and the navigation system. The 340i and and 330e plug-in hybrid are the two new models introduced, making 2015 a big year for the small luxury sports sedan.
The X1, BMW's luxury crossover, is all new for 2016. The base engine is still the 2-L turbo 4 cylinder, but this time around, the X1 is sporting more interior space. In his review of the 2016 BMW X1 Autoblog's David Gluckman put it nicely when he noted, "the X1 is comfortable in all the right places, it's bigger inside than before, and the seating position goes from car-like in the last generation to SUV-level here. The all-wheel drive system kicks in when you need it, otherwise sending the majority of power to the front. All the things small-crossover shoppers want."
Now of course we can't talk small cars without talking Mini, which is funny because in 2016, the Mini Clubman is going bigger. The newest clubman is the longest vehicle Mini has ever made. But with the interior and exterior adjustments it might also be the most comfortable. Pricing for the 2016 Mini clubman has been released with sales scheduled to begin in January. There's also rumor of an all-wheel-drive Clubman coming down the road.
And those are the highlights from BMW's year in review. For Autoblog, I'm Chris McGraw.
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