With Paris Motor Show upon us and the BMW rumormill churning more than ever, we wanted to take the time and look at future BMW products that we might see in the upcoming years. Some of the models we discussed below are set in stone and with a market launch date already set, but there are plenty others that fall under the “Rumor” category and scarce details are known about them.
The assumptions we’re making below are based on information from our own sources as well as using common sense and industry knowledge.
BMW 1 Series / 2 Series
In 2013, BMW will unveil the coupe and convertible variants of the redesigned 1 Series. The two models will be sold under the 2 Series moniker and will make their way into the U.S. market.
Next month, we will see BMW’s first attempt at the front-wheel drive market with the introduction of the 1 Series GT. In 2015, rumors say that BMW will launch a 1 Series sedan in the United States to compete with compact sedans planned by German competitors. The rear-wheel drive 1 Series Sedan will compete against offerings from Audi, the A3 which comes in 2014, and Mercedes-Benz CLA launching next year.
BMW 3 Series
With the sedan and sports touring launch, the 3 Series family has two more models to welcome: ActiveHybrid 3 and 3 Series GT. The BMW ActiveHybrid 3 made its North American debut at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. In early 2013, BMW will bring to market the first hybrid version of the popular 3 Series model.
BMW 3 Series GT Rendering
Internally the 3GT is referred as the “Progressive Activity Coupe”, the 3 Series GT will come to market in March 2013 as one of the BMW insiders say, “the alternative to alternatives, a style conscious car with the dynamic prowess to match its looks.”
BMW 4 Series
A new family of BMW products will be born next year. The coupe and convertible variants of the 3 Series will be sold under a new badge: 4 Series. The new 4 Series Coupe will allow BMW to price the vehicle slightly higher to compete directly with offerings from Audi (A5) and Mercedes-Benz (smaller SLS). The new coupe goes on sale in late summer 2013, and the convertible debuts in late 2013.
Unconfirmed yet highly rumored, a 4 Series Gran Coupe may appear in 2014.
BMW 5 Series
Pretty quiet here over the next few years. We will see a life cycle impulse in 2013, but no new models are planned. The “ugly duck” 5 Series GT will also get a facelift next year.
BMW 6 Series
The 6 Series family is almost complete as well. We have seen the introduction of the coupe and convertible models, and this year the Gran Coupe joined the luxurious family.
BMW 7 Series
The LCI comes to market this fall and will bring not only a slightly refreshed design, but also a wide variety of technology updates. On. e of the biggest exterior changes comes from the front where now the flagship 7er gets “squarish” LED corona lights with an LED turn signal indicator placed in the headlight. Each headlight contains 8 LEDs. While the previous model featured a kidney grille with 9 and 12 slats, based on the Night Vision Camera option, the facelifted 7 comes now with a single configuration of 9 slats.
The flagship model will be redesigned in 2016 and move from an all-steel to a carbon and aluminum body.
Based on the recent spy photos, we can deduct that the changes for the Z4 LCI are minor, mostly around the headlights, taillights, side mirrors and gills. The lights will feature brighter daytime running lights with white corona rings and the illuminated eyebrow at the top of the light unit. The side mirrors will also house the signal indicators, despite missing from the recent spy photos.
We’ve been speculating on a small roadster since 2009, at times even offering a launch date in 2012, but over the past year, the Z2 rumors have started to slowly die out. The long-rumored BMW Z2 project is still alive and according to our sources, the small roadster could use the UKL platform, the front-wheel drive drivetrain that will underpin the next generation MINI, and which debuts next month.
Another facelift in 2014 will be the one for the X3 midsize crossover. A high-seller in the U.S. and around the world, the X3 LCI is expected to follow the design lines of newer models.
BMW is preparing to launch a new X-model: BMW X4. The entry-level Sports Activity Coupe is set to launch in 2014 and will be manufactured at the Spartanburg Plant in South Carolina.
Built under the code F26, the X4 shares the same platform as the new X3, and will be positioned, price wise, below the X5.
The third-generation BMW X5 will launch in late 2014 and is based on the architecture of the 5 Series which provides significant contribution to weight reduction. The F15 X5 will feature more flowing character lines and sculpted surfaces that will broaden the design of the X family giving it a more stocky and dynamic look.
The X6 Sports Activity Coupe receives a facelift this year and a new design in 2015.
The large SAV project was canceled in 2008 when BMW decided to focus its attention on EfficientDynamics. But a recent report, from the usual BMW insider Scott27, says that the Munich-based automaker is reconsidering the X7. The car would be BMW’s ultra luxury SAV challenger in the high-end luxury market where demand continues to grow.
BMW Minivan and other FWD products
Without a doubt BMW sees their next growth potential in the front-wheel drive market. As we mentioned earlier, 1 Series front-wheel drive will soon come to market, followed by other FWD products, including a small minivan.
BMW i3 and i8
Another big bet for the Bavarians is the i sub-brand. The electrified family of bimmers will first launch to market two products: a fully electric city car dubbed i3, and an interpretation of a hybrid sportscar, i8. The i3 hits the market in late 2013, followed in 2014 by the i8. Rumored i1 and i5 models are also part of the long-term plan, but no final decision has been made at the moment.
BMW sports car in collaboration with Toyota
This past June, BMW and Toyota announced a partnership to develop architecture and components for a sports vehicle. The two automakers refrained from sharing further details on the cars and a timeline, but the expectations are to see a green sportscar in the next 5 to 7 years.
Coming to market in 2014, the F80 M3 will be powered by an inline-six engine. The engine of choice is a newly developed 3.2 liter unit that is rated at 450 horsepower. The F80 M3 will debut in concept form at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, while the production version, will appear in September 2013 at the Frankfurt Auto Show.
F82 M4 Coupe basis its design on new 4 Series Coupe and it will differentiate itself from the 3 Series family through a sleeker front apron and slightly redesigned headlights. The super sporty coupe will come to market in 2015.
BMW M6 Gran Coupe
The four-door M version of the M6 will also come to market in 2013. M6 Gran Coupe builds atop the recently launched 6 Series Gran Coupe and will replace the M5 and M6 at the top of the M family. The power will come from the same engine as the new M5 and M6, a high revving 560 hp M TwinPower Turbo V8 mated to a high torque 7-speed M-Double Clutch transmission (M-DCT).
BMW M7 or M770i xDrive
Rumors around a flagship M7 have been going around for years and a recent report by TheDetroitBueaubrought back the idea of a high-end M car. But other news outlets say BMW plans to introduce a high-performance 7 Series, labeled M700i xDrive, and heading to the U.S. in 2015.
The 7 Series M Performance Automobile will likely feature the V8 Twin-Turbo 4.0 liter engine producing around 475 hp and 480 lb-ft of torque. While the M770i xDrive is geared towards customers asking for a high-performance and sporty 7 Series, the M-like car will be underpowered when compared to the V12 760Li which outputs 570 horsepower and 665 lb-ft of torque.
The Holy Grail – BMW Supercar
Yes, that supercar that every BMW fan is hoping and waiting for. Tons of rumors around a potential high-power BMW but none of those rumors have proven so far to be sustainable. We did learn in the past that the M Division has already built an M Supercar, but the business case never received the approval stamp from BMW board. More recently we heard that the M folks are back at entertaining the idea of a high-end, super fast and sporty car, but the project is still a few years out.
Will it be called M1, M8 or who knows what other name, time will only tell…