The Concept 6 Series might steal the show, but more important for BMW's bottom line are the updates for the higher-selling 5 Series that the company is bringing to the 2010 Paris Motor Show, along with some new appearance packages and Smartphone technology.
Receiving the most attention is the new 5 Series, which will make its biggest splash with the official debut of the 5 Series Touring wagon, which you can read more about in our First Look by clicking here. More than just showing the new model, though, BMW has prepared several new variants for the show. Joining the already-revealed 520d and 535i are four new rear-wheel drive variants and two new all-wheel drive variants.
Joining the 5 Series Touring lineup are the 204-horsepower 525d with its 3.0-liter diesel I-6, the 530d with 245 horsepower and the 535d and its twin-turbo, 300-horsepower diesel I-6. Also joining the crew are the gas-powered 528i with its lean-burning 258-horsepower engine and the 530d xDrive and 535i xDrive. The 5 Series Touring also gets an optional M Sport appearance package for those that want the M look without the performance or price tag. As the 5 Series Touring is not coming to the U.S., neither is any of this new stuff.
What likely will come to the U.S., though, is the new 550i xDrive sedan with V-8 power behinds its all-wheel drive system, along with a new M Sport package for the 5 Series sedans. Both the I-6 and V-8 versions of the 5 Series GT will also get xDrive, and we'll likely see that in the U.S. as well. The 5GT, of course, gets an M Sport package, too. What we won't see in the U.S. is the new diesel-powered 535d sedan, which is staying in Europe.
BMW isn't done with the 5 Series lineup yet. They've also got a new feature debuting on the 5 Series sedan and GT called "Comfort Access." Stand behind the car and move your foot a certain way and the tailgate will open and close itself, completely hands-free. Like all the neat features, though, this one isn't coming to the U.S.
That's not to say we don't get any cool technology. BMW has been on the cutting edge of mobile device integration as of late and they're launching another volley in Paris. Under the ConnectedDrive banner, BMW is showing a new BlackBerry integration technology that will not only display your emails on the in-dash screen but show attachments and even read the text to you. The company is also showing its latest Apple iPhone iOS 4 software integration updates that'll allow full integration with the vehicle. The iPod Out program, which optimizes music played through the vehicle from a docked iPod, will also be featured. Most, if not all of this technology will filter into the U.S. sometime in 2011. What we won't get is the new WiFi hotspot function, which creates a mobile WiFi hotspot in your car so passengers can surf the web with iPads or laptops on the go.
Finally, BMW has a few cosmetic upgrades they'd also like to show off. As you may have heard, the already-revealed 2011 BMW X3 SUV will make its official debut at the show and you can read all about it by clicking here. BMW is now telling us that they'll also be showing an M Sport package for the X3 as well. Lastly, the automaker will show an M Sport package for the 3 Series which will include both interior and exterior dress-up bits.
Stay tuned for our complete coverage of the 2010 Paris Motor Show on September 30 and October 1.