New for 2014: BMW
In addition to its new 328d diesel-powered variant, the 2014 BMW 3 Series arrives with an upgraded iDrive system and more standard features--though it is now only available in sedan form. The 5 Series sports a new diesel engine plus updated styling and a more powerful V-8 engine for the 550i, while the 2014 6 Series offers a more widely available all-wheel-drive (AWD) system, limited-edition models, and an updated navigation system. For the top-of-the-line 7 Series sedan, BMW has added a customizable digital instrument panel, foot-activated power trunk lid, and the latest version of iDrive.
Fans of the high-performance M3 will be disappointed to learn that BMW has discontinued that model, though the M5 returns with updated styling, upgraded powertrain and chassis, and a new Competition package. The latter is also available on the 2014 BMW M6, as are the retuned engine and underpinnings, manual gearbox, and new ceramic brakes.
BMW's crossovers have undergone a number of changes for 2014, too, including more standard features for the X1 and X3. The X5 has been redesigned and now boasts freshened styling, rear seats that are more comfortable and easier to access, the choice of rear-wheel-drive (RWD) or AWD capability, and an 8-speed automatic transmission. A universal garage door opener is now standard on the 2014 BMW X6.
The 1 Series, M3, and X5 M have been eliminated from the BMW portfolio and will not be returning for 2014.