BMW Mini to launch three new cars on July 24

BMW and Mini are set to launch three new vehicles in India on July 24, 2024. The lineup includes the eagerly anticipated long-wheelbase BMW 5 Series, alongside new iterations of the Mini Cooper S and the electric Mini Countryman. Enthusiasts can already book these models either online or through authorized dealerships. Here’s a closer look at what each car brings to the table.

BMW 5 Series LWB

For the first time in India, BMW will introduce the 5 Series in a long-wheelbase (LWB) version, positioning it as a direct competitor to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. This new 5 Series will not only replace the existing model but also the 6 Series GT. The LWB variant measures 5,175mm in length, 1,900mm in width, and 1,520mm in height, with an impressive wheelbase of 3,105mm, making it the largest car in its segment. Initially, it will be available only in the 530Li M Sport trim, though detailed specifications and technical features remain undisclosed. Given its enhanced positioning, it is expected to be priced higher than the current 6 Series GT, which ranges between Rs 73.5 lakh and Rs 78.9 lakh.

Mini Cooper S

The next generation of the Mini Cooper S will debut with a petrol engine, with an electric SE variant joining later in the year. The new Cooper S retains Mini’s iconic design elements, featuring circular headlights, a larger octagonal grille, and triangular taillights. Inside, the car continues its retro-inspired aesthetic, highlighted by a unique 9.4-inch circular OLED infotainment screen developed with Samsung. The Cooper S is powered by a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo-petrol engine, now tuned to produce 204hp and 300Nm of torque, an increase of 26hp and 20Nm from its predecessor. The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, delivering power to the front wheels. The outgoing model is priced at Rs 42.70 lakh (ex-showroom), with the new version expected to be slightly more expensive.

Mini Countryman Electric

The new electric Mini Countryman, sharing its platform with the BMW iX1, will also debut. This model has grown in size compared to its petrol predecessor, offering an additional 130mm of rear legroom. Design updates align with those of the new Cooper S, and the interiors are largely similar between the two models. Internationally, the Countryman Electric comes with two powertrain options: a single-motor, front-wheel-drive version producing 204hp and 250Nm, and a dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version generating 313hp and 494Nm. Both versions feature a 66.45kWh battery, with the single-motor variant boasting a range of 462km and the dual-motor variant offering 433km. It remains to be seen which configuration will be available in India. The current petrol Countryman starts at Rs 48.10 lakh (ex-showroom), with the new electric version expected to be priced higher.

BMW CE 04 Electric Scooter

In addition to these cars, BMW will also launch the CE 04 electric scooter. Equipped with an 8.9kWh battery, it has a claimed range of 130km. The scooter’s motor delivers a peak output of 31kW, enabling it to accelerate from 0-50kph in just 2.6 seconds and reach a top speed of 120kph. The CE 04 features three riding modes, traction control, ABS, a TFT display with Bluetooth connectivity for navigation, and a futuristic design with distinctive styling and unconventional bodywork.

This diverse range of launches showcases BMW and Mini’s commitment to blending luxury, performance, and cutting-edge technology in their new offerings for the Indian market.

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