BMW Australia has brought the cost of entry to the M135i hot hatch back down to its launch level by introducing a lower-spec Pure version, while the M235i Gran Coupe has been given similar treatment, with both new variants arriving in the third quarter of 2020.
As reported last month, the full-fat M135i is now priced from $68,990 plus on-road costs, which is $5000 more than it asked for upon its launch in December.
Ironically, the M135i Pure checks in at $63,990 by going without its sibling’s adaptive LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, Harman/Kardon sound system, Dakota leather upholstery and high-beam assist, which BMW Australia collectively values at $6000.
Meanwhile, the higher-spec M235i Gran Coupe launched in March from $69,990 but jumped by $3000 last month.
The sedan’s Pure counterpart is also positioned $5000 lower, at $67,990, and sacrifices the aforementioned equipment in the process.
All variants of the M135i and M235i Gran Coupe are powered by the same 225kW/450Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, which is mated to an eight-speed torque-converter automatic transmission and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
Standard equipment includes M Sport steering, a front limited-slip differential, matte Cerium Grey 19-inch alloy wheels and an M Sport brakes package with blue callipers.
Inside, a head-up display, keyless entry and start, power-adjustable sports seats, dual-zone climate control and illuminated Boston trim feature. Of note, Pure versions get black Trigon cloth/Alcantara upholstery.
Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, speed limit recognition, park assist, a reversing camera and front and rear parking sensors, among others.
Article Source: Cars Guide MagazineJuly 7, 2020 9:05 am