BMW's Latest 420d is a Treat to Drive on Road
|   Tuesday, October 29, 2013
BMW's entry level vehicle in its 4 Series lineup is also its most successful and best selling model. There are three primary reasons for this – fuel efficiency of 60 MPG, CO2 emission of 124 g/km and low cost prices. Like all vehicles in its 4 Series lineup, its 420d shares similar architecture with the F30. This vehicle is slightly larger than its 3 Series while lower center of gravity makes it easier to handle on road.

The 420d draws power from a turbocharged 2.
liter diesel engine displacing 181 BHP while maximum power is developed close to 4000 RPM and 280 ft lb of torque. BMW claims that this vehicle accelerates from 0 – 60 MPH within 7.5 seconds while sporting a top speed of 149 MPH. The engine is hooked onto an eight speed automated transmission system while BMW's advanced four wheel drive xDrive is another reason to celebrate.

BMW should offer its six speed manual transmission in this vehicle as well although they should find precedence in future models. Four trim levels are being offered, ranging from base leather upholstery to range topping 17 inch sports rims and twin zone air conditioning. BMW's 420d is sweet to drive and is one of its more refined vehicles in road.

Its large six pot diesel power plant begs to be pushed while standard levels of suspension and dampers control moving around and comfort. This vehicle is not all over the road and this is awe inspiring. Driving is comfortable and hence this vehicle can be self as well as chauffeur driven. General refinement is high although usual V8 clatter is present during engine startup.

This would not be a cause for major concern if this was any ordinary vehicle, but considering the fact that this is a premium ranged BMW, this is reason to worry. This vehicle has relaxed appeal in more sense than one and even though this has its positive aspects, there are quite a few upgrades needed for perfection. This is a promising vehicle and hence shows promise in global markets.

BMW has kept general needs of the Chinese and European buyers as this vehicle was designed for these markets. Although this vehicle will be available in other nations as well, we are yet to receive details of its consignment plans. Design wise this vehicle has a classy yet sporty twist to it and this is what attracts major car enthusiasts. Standard driver aids are in place and they ensure smooth control. Traction Control, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Climb Control etc are some of its specific assistance features.

Even though BMW is yet to announce other specific details, we are confident about the inclusion of these basic features. We will keep you updated regarding news pertaining to BMW's 420d. Stay tuned for more. We are yet to receive formal confirmation regarding launch date and time of availability of this vehicle. We however feel BMW will be unveiling final launch dates by the end of the year. The 420d sports a price tag of £31,575.
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