Take a look at what new and facelifted products are due for introduction in South Africa from BMW in 2021!
BMW is expected to have a relatively quiet year in terms of new vehicle introductions but the models that are on the way are sure to ruffle a few feathers in their respective segments. Also, BMW is expected to expand upon its local electric vehicle (EV) offering with the addition of the iX3 SUV which will join the i3 electric hatchback in BMW’s electric offensive.
Also see: New Cars for SA in 2021
Take a look at what’s coming your way from BMW in 2021.
BMW will launch its 128ti premium hot hatch in South Africa soon. Fitted with a limited-slip diff, M Sport suspension and a 180-kW 2.0-litre turbopetrol motor, the 128ti is claimed to bolt from 0 to 100 kph in 6.3 sec and marks BMW's first serious stab at the traditional front-wheel-drive hot hatchback market. Although Mzansi won't get the full-fat 195 kW/400 Nm version as offered in Europe, the newcomer's outputs are almost identical to that of the Golf 8 GTI.
BMW fans can look forward to the arrival of the new M3 and M4 Coupe on local soil in the first half of the year. Whether you like the grille or not, you can’t dispute what’s lurking in the engine bay. Both the M3 and M4 are powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre inline-6 engine developing no less than 353 kW (or 375 kW in the Competition derivatives) while torque is pegged at 550 Nm and 650 Nm respectively. Standard versions are fitted with a 6-speed manual transmission while the Competition derivatives make use of an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission. Only the M3 Competition and M4 Competition are destined for South Africa which means we won’t get the choice of a manual transmission on local soil. Local specification and pricing details will be revealed closer to launch.
The new 4 Series Coupe arrived late in 2020 and the range will be bolstered with the Convertible and Gran Coupe in 2021. The list of powertrains for the 4 Series Convertible comprises 4- and 6-cylinder turbopetrol and -diesel engines mated with an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission (replete with ‘wheel-mounted shift paddles), although we anticipate that only the 420i, 430i and M440i xDrive will be offered in South Africa. As for the 4 Series Gran Coupe, a 3.0-litre turbocharged 6-cylinder petrol engine developing 275 kW and 500 Nm is expected in the range-topping M440i xDrive derivative and it's good for a 4.5 second run to 100 kph. A 2.0-litre turbocharged pertrol and diesel engine option is also likely. Look out for specification and pricing details closer to launch.
BMW’s facelifted 5 Series is due in showrooms very soon and whereas the line-up no longer has a 3.0-litre 540i derivative, marking the first time a 5 Series range won't feature a straight-6 engine in the Republic, it will gain the thumping M550i xDrive, which combines 390 kW of V8 muscle with all-wheel-drive traction. See specification and pricing details here.
BMW M5 CS - Third Quarter
The BMW M5 CS is due in SA this year and only 5 will be allocated to the South African market. We have known for some time that its engine would produce 467 kW, which is marginally higher than the M5 Competition’s 460 kW, as well as the fact the Clubsport would be 70 kg lighter than its sibling by virtue of incorporating numerous lightweight parts.
Those details have now all been confirmed, but the claimed performance figures of the super sedan, which is powered by a 750-Nm 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission, is nonetheless stupefying. BMW claims the M5 CS can bolt from standstill to 100 kph in 3 sec dead, from 0 to 200 kph in 10.4 sec and go on to an (electronically-limited!) top speed of 305 kph.
Based on the popular BMW X3, the electric iX3 will rival the Mercedes-Benz EQC and Audi e-tron. The iX3 is powered by a 5th-generation eDrive power unit consisting of a 210 kW/400 Nm electric motor, which is mated with an 80-kWh lithium-ion battery pack sending power to the rear wheels. BMW says that the iX3 will dash from zero to 100 kph in 6.8 seconds with a limited top speed of 180 kph. Range is claimed at 460 km from a full-cycle charge on the WLTP standard. Look out for more details closer to the iX3’s local launch!