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07/11/2011    1:48 PM
COMMENTS: 23

BMW’s research and development head, Klaus Draeger, has confirmed that future BMWs will indeed utilize new turbocharged 3-cylinder gas and diesel engines. This begs the question which future models will receive these 3 cylinder motors. According to Draeger (via Autocar), the upcoming FWD 1-series models will receive the 1.5L turbo 3-cylinder and not the F30 3-series (at least not initially?)

“They are not a priority for the 3-series,” Draeger told Autocar last week. “We’ll start with the front-wheel drive architecture and more price-sensitive models.”

Instead, the smallest engine we expect to see for the F30 3-series is the 245hp 2.0L turbo 4-cylinder N20 engine.

Draeger revealed that the petrol version of the engine, known internally as N37, has the potential to match the maximum 54bhp-per-cylinder rating of the firm’s … CONTINUED

06/01/2011    3:59 PM
COMMENTS: 28

BMW’s FWD 1-series model based on the FWD UKL platform has been spotted for the first time! The UKL platform is a FWD platform which the FWD 1-series will share with the next generation of MINIs (which coincidentally [or not] was also spied testing for the first time today).

The FWD 1-series will come in a traditional 5-door hatchback (pictured here), a sporting estate model, and a gran touring version. They’ve been referred to by insider Scott26 as the “City Compact,” the “F.A.S.T. Family Activity Sports Tourer,” and the “GT”. The rumored upcoming Z2 roadster will also be spawned off the UKL platform.

The FWD 1-series will join the rest of the 1-series lineup which in the next generation will include the F20 5-door sporthatch and the F21 … CONTINUED

05/31/2011    10:00 AM
COMMENTS: 12

From time to time, BMW trademark filings provide clues on future BMW models. Our latest finding could be related to the recent speculation coming from both Autobild and SCOTT26. BMW is said to be considering launching a 2-series line comprising of the 2-series coupe (F22), the 2-series convertible (F23) and M-variants of these cars. These are essentially the next generation 1-series coupe and convertible, but renamed as the 2-series.

As seen in the screenshots from the German patent office below, BMW has filed “M2″ and “BMW M2″ trademarks just a month ago. The same goes for the US patent and trademark office (USPTO) where BMW has filed the “M2″ trademark. It’s important to note that a trademark filing doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll actually use it for a … CONTINUED

05/30/2011    4:30 PM
COMMENTS: 41

Here’s a render of the 2-series coupe, which is what the next generation 1-series coupe and convertible will purportedly be badged as, while the hatchback 1-series and all new FWD 1-series models will retain the 1-series designation. More info via link inside. BMW 2 series coupe.

05/28/2011    3:00 PM
COMMENTS: 113

Insider SCOTT26 previews the next generation of 1-series, 2-series, M2, and the long rumored Z2 compact roadster. The 1-series coupe and convertible will receive new 2-series badging, while the hatchback and GT models and retain their 1-series designations. An M2 (successor to current 1M coupe) and a Z2 compact roadster is also in the pipeline. Full rundown inside. BMW 2 series coupe

05/26/2011    6:55 PM
COMMENTS: 73

According to a new report from Autobild, BMW is considering reordering the nomenclature of their model lineup for consistency. If this happens, all sedan, wagons, and GT’s will get odd numbers. All coupes, convertibles and Gran Coupe’s get even numbers.

In other words, the successors of the E92 3-series coupe would become the 4-series coupe (F32), the E93 3-series convertible a 4-series convertible (F33). BMW had similar plans for the current generation E92 and E93 3-series but got cold feet for several reasons. Now the successful introduction of Audi A5 and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe is reportedly making BMW reconsider the introduction of a 4-series again, says Autobild. If this pans out, this may be the next generation 3-series and 4-series models lineup. See inside. BMW 2 series … CONTINUED

05/15/2011    6:40 PM
COMMENTS: 35

The debut of the new F20 1-series sporthatch is imminent as BMW recently launched their marketing campaign One Origin – Two Originals. A new report now seems to give some more information on the F20 and claims that the online debut will be in three weeks in early June. Some details follow:

Per this report, the F20 will be only slightly bigger than the outgoing E87 1-series. Two different design lines are said to be offered, Urban and Sport, each comprising of unique wheels, trims, and side mirror colors. This sounds like a customization paradise.

3 non-metallic and 5 metallic exterior colorsare supposed to be offered initially, as well as a choice of turbocharged inline-4 engines (all N20 based).

The F20 is also said to be available with several … CONTINUED

02/13/2011    4:15 PM
COMMENTS: 29

SCOTT26 provides a glimpse into possible F2X generation 1-series models, including a Gran Coupe Sports Sedan and a Shooting Brake model. The confirmed models (Coupe and Convertible) are also discussed in some more detail.

02/11/2011    2:15 PM
COMMENTS: 35

CAR provides some new renders, details, and speculations on the upcoming baby BMW roadster, the Z2, and the 1-series GT. Both models are based on the UKL1 front-drive transverse architecture, standing for untere klasse in German. It’s at the core of BMW’s plans to become more efficient at making small cars. Power for the new UKL1 front-drive BMWs comes from three- and four-cylinder engines, spinning the front wheels, although four-wheel drive is enabled by UKL1 as it’s required for the Countryman. Getrag will build the 4wd, as well as a twin-clutch transmission.