BMW Range: The Series Overview

BMW strives to produce world-class vehicles using the latest technology to create the ultimate driving experience. In this article, the range of BMW models is explained, starting with the smaller vehicles, all the way to the sports, SUV, executive, and luxury models. We also explore the BMW vehicles featuring all-electric and Plug-in Hybrid technology. GMW offers high-quality servicing, repairs, and maintenance for the full BMW range of vehicles.

BMW 1 Series

Your introduction to the ultimate driving experience starts with the 1 Series, from the 116i to the beast of the range, the high performance M135i. This model has a massive range.

The 118i features an economical BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 3-cylinder petrol engine with a power output of 103 kW and torque figure of 220Nm. The more powerful M135i features a high-tech BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder petrol engine with 225kW of power and 450 Nm of torque.

Whichever model in the 1 Series range you choose, state-of-the-art chassis technology guarantees you the ultimate driving experience for which the BMW range has become known.

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BMW 2 Series

The rear wheel drive 2 Series is a sporty variation on the 1 Series, featuring three variants, distinct equipment and trim levels, and a wide range of powertrains.

The range starts with the 2 Series Coupé, which offers a stylish package for people seeking a sporty, personal vehicle. The 2 Series Convertible offers all the features and options of the Coupé, with an electric folding roof for true open-top motoring. For people looking for the Coupé feeling in a compact sports sedan package, you need look no further than the 2 Series Gran Coupé.

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BMW 3 Series

3 Series Sedan

The 3 Series has been a staple of the BMW range since its introduction in 1975. Featuring state-of-the-art technology and a driver-focussed interior, the 3 Series truly embodies the experience of the ultimate driving machine.

Comprising a range of variants and options, from the 4-cylinder 320i to the powerful 6-cylinder M340i, BMW offers a wide choice, including diesel and hybrid models. The 3 Series offers uncompromised performance for a sporty drive, while retaining BMW’s practicality and reliability.

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3 Series Touring

For a more practical alternative to the 3 Series sedan, BMW offers the 3 Series Touring. Available in one model only, the 330i M Sport package, the Touring features BMW’s TwinPower 4-cylinder engine with 190kW of power and 400Nm of torque. The torquey engine is perfect for towing, or just carrying the family around on your latest adventure.

Built with BMW‘s famous quality and reliability, you can’t go wrong with the 3 Series Touring for a fun, practical family car.

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BMW 4 Series

Formerly known as the 3 Series Coupé, the 4 Series embodies the essence of BMW: a true driving machine. The 4 Series offers a range of engines and trim options, from the 4-cylinder 420i to the range-topping, all-wheel drive M440i xDrive, with 285kW of power and 500Nm of torque.

The controversial styling of the new model has polarised motoring journalists and enthusiasts alike and BMW has announced the new styling will, likely, not be carried over to future new models in the BMW range. Here, at GMW, we look forward to seeing one of these in our workshop for a scheduled maintenance.

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BMW 5 Series

The 5 Series is BMW’s introduction to the executive class, offering luxury and sporting ability in a mid-sized sedan. The 5 Series is available with a range of engine options, including petrol, diesel, and a Plug-in Hybrid.

The range starts with the 520i, featuring rear wheel drive and a 135kW 4-cylinder engine. The more powerful 530i adds two extra cylinders for 185kW of power. The 530d offers an economical diesel engine with 195kW on tap.

For those looking to reduce their carbon footprint, the 530e offers BMW’s Plug-in Hybrid technology. The M550i xDrive tops out the standard range, with a 390kW V8 engine and all-wheel drive.

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BMW 7 Series

The range-topping 7 Series defines the sheer luxury and quality for which BMW has become known. Upon its introduction in 1977, the 7 Series set the standard for innovation and technology other car manufacturers only dreamed about. If there is one vehicle that embodies BMW’s brand traits in one package, the 7 Series is that car.

BMW offers a range of engine and trim options, which include Plug-in Hybrids and the ultra-luxurious Long Wheelbase (LWB) model. The 7 Series is the ideal car for the busy executive looking for a little luxury to indulge themselves between board room engagements.

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BMW 8 Series

8 Series Coupé

The 8 Series recently returned to the BMW lineup, replacing the ageing 6 Series. The latest iteration takes over from where the original 8 Series left off after production ended in 1999.

BMW offers the 8 Series with a choice of two engines and drivelines, starting with the rear wheel drive 840i leading up to the all-wheel drive M850i xDrive. The 8 Series is available in three body types, with a choice of two equipment and trim levels.

The 8 Series Coupé offers a stylish package for people seeking a sporty, personal grand touring vehicle with a touch of luxury.

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8 Series Gran Coupé

For people looking for the Coupé feeling in a large sports sedan, the 8 Series Gran Coupé is the perfect choice. A fine grand tourer, the 8 Series offers exclusivity, luxury, and practicality in one sporting package.

The 8 Series Gran Coupé captures the style of the Coupé model but adds the convenience of four doors and a large cargo area. It’s the ideal vehicle for a long haul journey, or an overnight trip with the family.

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8 Series Convertible

The 8 Series Convertible offers all the features and options of the Coupé, with an electric folding roof for open-top motoring. The innovative anthracite soft top is constructed from high quality materials and offers superior protection from noise and the elements.

The mechanism opens/closes the roof within approximately 15 seconds and is so well engineered, it can operate safely at speeds of up 50 km/h. The 8 Series is the perfect car for a drive along the coast on warm summer evenings.

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BMW X Range

The X1

BMW traditionally manufactured sedans and coupés. However, they turned their hand to SUVS in 1999 with the class-leading X5. Since then, BMW has expanded their SUV range to include a model at every segment of the SUV market.

BMW’s SUV range starts with the X1, offered with the option of front wheel drive or BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. Engines include a 4-cylinder diesel or BMW’s TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder and 4-cylinder petrol engines.

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The X2

The X2 represents a sporty variation on the X1. Offered with a variety of engine and trim options, including the choice of front wheel drive or BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. There is something for everybody in the X2 range.

The X2 range starts with the front wheel drive X2 sDrive 18i, which features BMW’s TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder petrol engine. The range topper is the all-wheel drive X2 M35i, which features BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system and 4-cylinder 225kW engine.

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The X3

As BMW’s biggest selling SUV model, the X3 offers a choice of rear wheel drive and the xDrive all-wheel drive system. Engines range from a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder in the sDrive20i to a 3.0 litre 6-cylinder diesel in the xDrive30d.

With advanced driver assistance systems, the X3 is a practical, affordable vehicle that is ideal for small to medium families. It offers a supreme driving experience, both on and off the road.

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The X4

The X4 offers a sportier alternative to the X3, with its Coupé design featuring a low profile for improved aerodynamics and on-road appeal. The X4 is designed for people who like the idea of an SUV but still want a personal vehicle with a sporty character.

Engines range from a 135kW/300Nm 2.0 litre 4-cylinder to a 3.0 litre 6-cylinder with 285kW of power and 500Nm of torque. Reflecting its sporting nature, no diesel variant is offered in the X4 lineup.

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The X5

The X5 was BMW’s first vehicle designed specifically for off-road use. However, in reality, many X5s spend more time fighting traffic in urban jungles than they do in their natural habitat.

The range includes both petrol and diesel engines, starting with a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder in the xDrive25d and ending at the top of the standard range with the TwinPower Turbo 3.0 litre in the xDrive40i. There is also a hybrid model, the xDrive45e. All X5 models feature BMW’s xDrive permanent all-wheel drive system.

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The X6

The X6 is BMW’s sportier sister to the X5. A capable off-roader, it is just as comfortable on your favourite urban adventure. The X6 offers rugged performance with the style and finesse of a sharply designed suit.

Engines include both petrol and diesel choices, ranging from a 3.0 litre 6-cylinder diesel with 195kW/620Nm to a 390kW/750Nm 4.4 litre V8 in the M50i and the sports-oriented M50i Pure models.

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The X7

The X7 is BMW’s ultra-luxurious SUV that tops out the company’s ‘X’ range of vehicles. In Australia, the X7 is available only with a choice of two diesel engines, with the base model xDrive30d offering a 3.0 litre 6-cylinder with 195kW/620Nm. The M50i model houses BMW’s 4.4 litre V8 engine with 390kW/750Nm.

The X7 was designed to compete with high-end SUV offerings from Audi (Q7) and Porsche (Cayenne), and features sophisticated technologies and driver aids you would expect of a vehicle in this class.

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The Z4 is BMW’s take on the classic, rear wheel drive, open-top sports car. The Z4 evolved from the Z3, which debuted in the James Bond 007 film, Goldeneye, at the end of 1995.

Unlike the original car, which featured a humble 1.9 litre 4-cylinder engine with 103kW/180Nm, the latest iteration of BMW’s classic sports car offers a choice of powerful engines. The range starts with the 2.0 litre 4-cylinder sDrive20i with 145kW/320Nm. Rounding out the range is the performance-oriented M40i, which features a 3.0 litre 6-cylinder engine with 250kW/500Nm.

Each model comes standard with BMW’s 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission; a 6-speed manual is offered as an option across the range.

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BMW M Series

BMW offers a unique sporting experience with a range of high performance vehicles, courtesy of the company’s performance department, M GmbH (more commonly known simply by the letter “M” for Motorsport).

The M story began in 1978 with the introduction of BMW’s first mid-engined vehicle, the Giorgetto Guigaro designed M1. Since then, BMW has offered a variety of M designated vehicles, each offering its own take on the sports car philosophy.

Today, BMW offers an M version of almost every vehicle in their range, from the diminutive M135i to the full-size X7 M50i. The M has come to stand for exceptional high performance, with most models eclipsing other vehicles in their class.

transmission; a 6-speed manual is offered as an option across the range.

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BMW i Series


The i3 is BMW’s entry-level full-electric car. Packed with innovative technology and relying on nothing more than electric power to propel it 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds (i3s). The i3 represents BMW’s vision of the future.

At a quick-charging station, the i3 charges 80 percent of its high-voltage battery in about 45 minutes. Its intelligent energy management system means it is both flexible and highly efficient for either city driving or longer trips.

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The iX3 is BMW’s first all-electric BMW Sports Activity Vehicle that combines the driving dynamics and premium quality of the BMW X3 with the increased performance and efficiency of BMW’s fifth generation eDrive technology.

With a range of up to 460 km, the BMW iX3 sets new benchmarks. Fully developed and all-electric: the BMW iX3 is already giving the future an electrifying presence.

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BMW Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV)

The BMW cars range includes a series of Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) featuring innovative technology that provides both performance and economy. BMW currently offers 4 different PHEV models in their range (the 3, 5, 7 and X series). If you are worried about your carbon footprint, BMW’s PHEV cars could be a solution for you.

With technology applied from the all-electric vehicles in their range, BMW’s PHEV cars are able to travel up to 60 km relying only on electric power (depending on the model), which is ideal for your daily commute. On longer journeys, or out on the highway, the combustion engine takes over when the electric motor’s range is exhausted. This ensures your PHEV car will always be ready to go when you need it.

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