BMW Unveils Extensive Updates For 2023 Lineup

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Here are the biggest changes.

In May, we reported on a slew of updates BMW plans to roll out on several 2023 models. Some of the changes include new colors, updated trim options, and new engines for its global lineup. Improvements come at a cost, though, with the luxury automaker announcing a price hike for the entire lineup - the Alpina B8, for example, is now $5,000 dearer than before.

Now it has revealed the US-specific updates that will be implemented for the 2023 model year. We must note, however, that this isn't an exhaustive list of every change made to the 2023 lineup, but a summary of the main updates. Let's kick off with the electric BMW i range.

The sleek i4 is no longer available with the 18-inch M Bi-color Midnight Grey wheels/all-season non-run-flat tire combo, but the M50 derivative is now privy to the optional M 50 Years Emblem package. The newly-released i7 is, of course, unchanged but the popular iX luxury SUV has received a flotilla of changes for the new model year.

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For 2023, Gesture Control has been renamed Natural Interaction and is standard across the range. Several packages have been discontinued and replaced with the optional Ultimate Package for the xDrive50, which brings features such as the Harman Kardon Surround Sound system, gorgeous glass/wood controls, and air suspension. Multi-function seats are now a separate option.

The big news is the arrival of the range-topping M60, which will receive an optional Executive Package when it debuts this month. The 2 Series and its Gran Coupe sibling are largely unchanged for 2023, save for a standard Curved Display on the latter (from July production) and fewer exterior trim options for the 230i Coupe.

The updated 3 Series recently made its debut with myriad changes that you can read about here. It too will receive a standard Curved Display, but the optional Dynamic Handling Package does without the M Sport Differential for 330 models and Adaptive LED Headlights with Laserlight are no longer available. New exterior colors and interior trim options are also available.

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The M3 has also received several changes; BMW's Curved Display is present on the performance sedan, along with new Aluminum Rhombicle interior inlays to replace the Tetragon finish. Drive Recorder is now a standalone option, while the Executive package gains the SensaTec Dashboard but loses Gesture Control. Lastly, Individual Frozen Pure Grey replaces Oxide Grey Metallic.

Aside from a few adjustments to the optional packages, the 4 Series soldiers on unchanged. It's worth noting the head-up display is now exclusive to 440i models, while the Parking Assistance package has been reintroduced. A new shade called Bluestone metallic is now available to 4 Series customers. Changes made to the 2023 M4 are also limited to minor package tweaks.

For the venerable 5 Series, remote engine start has been added to 530i and 540i models equipped with the Premium package but Gesture Control has been removed. The Executive Package makes a comeback for the aforementioned models and the 530e, while Skyscraper Grey metallic, Arctic Race Blue metallic, and Aventurin metallic have been added to the color palette.

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Lastly, the fiery M550i xDrive gains a standard power rear sunshade and manual rear side window shades and is the only 5er model to retain the Parking Assistance package. The M5 gets a bevy of new color options and more upholstery options, but audiophiles will mourn the discontinuation of the optional Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System.

Like the i7, the newly launched 7 Series debuts as a 2023 model and therefore doesn't receive any updates. However, the BMW 8 Series returned from the automotive plastic surgeon with a host of updates which we've covered extensively. As a reminder, the grand tourer and its siblings now sport an illuminated kidney grille and revised 12.3-inch central infotainment display.

Like the M550i, the 8 Series Gran Coupe gains a power-operated rear sunshade and rear window shades but the Comfort Seating package is no longer available. BMW's lone roadster offering, the Z4, remains unchanged but 2024 updates will be announced towards the end of the year.

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Moving on to BMW's extensive SUV lineup, the X1 has been replaced by an entirely new model which you can read about here. The aging X2 arrives in 2023 with minimal updates to its available packages, but we anticipate it will be replaced in the next year or so. Aside from the advent of keyless entry, the X3 and X4 remain unchanged save for the omission of Gesture Control. M models remain as they were.

Higher up the range, the X5 and X6 lose the Arctic Grey metallic paintwork while, inside, Vernasca leather is no longer available. Sensafin upholstery is now standard across the range and, like most of the lineup, Gesture Control has been removed from optional packages. Wireless charging is now part of the Premium package. Like before, M models receive no changes.

Finally, the X7 was updated for the new model year and ushers in polarizing styling and a full suite of updates, which includes new colors, packages, and much more.

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