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2015 BMW Lineup Receives Minor Updates

BMW is rolling out some minor changes for its 2015 lineup, including equipment and trim changes for the 2015 BMW 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, and 6 Series models, as well as the BMW Z4 Roadster and the BMW X1 and X5 SUVs. We've previously covered the more significant updates for the 2015 BMW 2 Series, the 2015 BMW X3, the 2015 BMW 7 Series, and the 2015 BMW X6, and the BMW X4, 4 Series Gran Coupe and M3 and M4 models are all new for 2015.

2015 BMW 3 Series and 4 Series

There are a few small changes to the interior, such as the deletion of the cupholder lid and the relocation of the clock display in the instrument panel. Otherwise, new interior trim options are available for the various lines which include the Luxury Line (now available with Oyster Dakota leather and brushed aluminum trim), the Sport Line (now available with Beige Dakota leather and Dark Burl Walnut wood trim), and M Sport (now available with Fineline Anthracite wood trim). Bluetooth audio streaming is also standard for 2015, and there are some new wheel designs available as well.

2015 BMW 5 Series

The 5 Series sedan and Gran Turismo models gain some new standard equipment for 2015, including LED foglights, Bluetooth and USB smartphone integration, and a sport leather steering wheel; comfort access keyless entry is also standard now on 550i and 550i xDrive models. BMW is also dropping the Modern Line, leaving only the Luxury Line and the M Sport Line. The Liquid Blue Metallic color is no longer available for the ActiveHybrid 5 sedan, and the optional night vision system with pedestrian detection costs $300 less for 2015, bringing the option price to $2300.

2015 BMW 6 Series

The 6 Series' optional digital instrument cluster becomes standard on all models, Bluetooth and USB smartphone integration is newly standard, and the navigation system gains a touchpad for the iDrive controller. The 650i and 650i xDrive models also now come standard with the M Sport exhaust. Titanium Silver Metallic is gone from the color palette, as it's being replaced by Glacier Silver Metallic. The automatic transmission also has a new launch control system for 2015.

2015 BMW Z4

The six-cylinder Z4 sDrive 35i model is no longer offered with a six-speed manual transmission, as the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is now standard on both the 35i and 35is models. There is also a new color package for 2015 called the Ivory White/Burnt Sienna package that adds sport seats trimmed in white leather with a saddle brown leather dashboard. This package is available with a new exterior color called Sparkling Brown metallic, and the Orion Silver Metallic exterior color is no longer offered.

2015 BMW X1

The extremely minor changes for the 2015 BMW X1 amount to interior upholstery and trim updates. The standard beige SensaTec trim is now available with the M Sport Line, but cannot be combined with the Sport Line trim level. The Dark Crosshatch aluminum trim on the MSport Line can also not be combined with any accents or trim finishers for 2015.

2015 BMW X5

The X5 SUV was redesigned last year, but there is one minor mechanical change for 2015; the eight-speed automatic transmission has been revised for faster acceleration and better efficiency, meaning that all X5 models accelerate to 60 mph between 0.1 and 0.2 seconds faster this year. The 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine in X5 35i models also increases slightly in displacement from 2979 cc to 3001 cc.

The X5 also gains new standard equipment, such as a sport leather steering wheel, Bluetooth and USB smartphone integration, and comfort access keyless entry as standard on the X5 xDrive50i model. The optional Luxury Seating package costs $350 less, the Premium Package costs $150 less, and the Executive Package gains a leather dashboard and 4-zone climate control for a $500 uptick in price. Soft-close doors are now a $600 standalone option.