BMW Group South Africa has confirmed a variety of updates to many of its models, including new additions to standard specification lists and the broadening of options available ex-factory. The updates will be available on models (such as the 2 Series and 4 Series) produced from March 2019 (and in the case of the X5, those built from April).

The 2 Series (both coupé and convertible) gain new darkened taillamps, as does the M2 Competition. Buyers ordering their 2 Series in Sport Line specification, meanwhile, will find fresh dual-tone 17- and 18-inch alloys on the options list.

The standard kit list for the 2 Series range now includes a sports automatic transmission, Servotronic steering, “extended contents” for the instrument cluster and “leathertec” upholstery (the latter for the coupé only).

The M240i (again, coupé and convertible) gains the option of new 18-inch M light-alloy wheels in a twin-spoke design, painted in matte Cerium Grey and shod in mixed-size tyres. These variants are furthermore offered in “Long Beach Blue” metallic paint, with optional interior trim strips in carbon-fibre. The M240i Convertible is now offered with seat heating as standard.

In addition, all Sport Line and M Sport variants in the 2 Series range gain a black kidney grille surround, while Dakota leather trim is added to the options list.

The 4 Series range, meanwhile, is offered with special paint finishes such as Aventurine Red metallic and Frozen Dark Grey metallic, plus Mediterranean Blue metallic. The options list grows to include Orbit Grey 18-inch light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design and 19-inch M light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design (the latter in Jet Black, with mixed-size tyres).

Inside, there’s a new Mocha colour shade for the optional Dakota leather trim on Sport Line, Luxury Line and M Sport cars plus interior trim strips in carbon-fibre, the latter available in conjunction with the M Sport specification.

In addition, all M Sport and Sport Line variants of the 4 Series are fitted as standard with black rear light screens and a kidney grille surround in high-gloss black.

The M4 coupé and convertible gain darkened rear lights, while Frozen Dark Blue metallic is offered as an option for the two high-performance models. The M4 coupé with M Competition package, meanwhile, can be ordered with two new two-tone leather trim options (fine-grain Merino full leather in the Sakhir Orange/Black and Silverstone/Black combinations).

The 4 Series (coupé, convertible and gran coupé) is available in a new M Sport Individual specification, which includes a Tanzanite Blue metallic paint finish, an M Aerodynamics package, the high-gloss Shadow Line kit, 19-inch light-alloy wheels in V-spoke design (with mixed-size tyres) and variable sport steering. Rear-wheel-drive models furthermore gain M Sport suspension.

The 4 Series coupé and 4 Series gran coupé gain added standard equipment including a sports automatic transmission, front and rear parking sensors, a Harman Kardon surround sound system, the “through-load” function, an instrument cluster with “extended contents” and a multifunction instrument display. The convertible, on the other hand, loses out on the upgraded sound system (and, of course, the through-load system).

And the new 8 Series? Well, even though the flagship coupé hasn’t quite arrived in South Africa yet, the firm has expanded the array of paint finishes and leather appointments on offer.

Similarly, the range of body colours and leather appointments for the new X5 has also been expanded. Indeed, the SUV is now available with the exterior paint finishes Sophisto Grey Brilliant Effect metallic and Terra Brown metallic, plus new BMW Individual paint finishes such as Ruby Black metallic, Pyrite Brown metallic, Ametrine metallic and Tanzanite Blue metallic.

New options inside the X5 include extended leather upholstery Merino in Ivory White/Midnight Blue combination and fine-grain Merino full leather trim in Black, Ivory White, Tartufo, Coffee and Ivory White/Midnight Blue. And from April 2019, BMW Individual interior trim strips in Fineline Black fine wood with aluminium inlays will also be available as an option.