With the Z2/Z1′s move to the FWD UKL platform, the return of the BMW Z3 (RWD) is currently being considered. The new Z3 would come in traditional soft-top and coupe versions and would be based on the F20 1-series generation’s modular platform.
But it doesn’t end there for BMW’s roadster lineup changes. The Z4 would be renamed the Z5 which would allow it to grow in size and for the smaller Z3 to slot in under it in the roadster lineup. The Z5 would utilize the F30 3-series generation platform.
The next few years look to be potentially exciting for fans of BMW roadster fans, as the potential lineup could look like:
BMW Z1: UKL FWD platform, soft top roadster
BMW Z3: F20 1-series generation platform, soft top and … CONTINUED
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
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.
The next generation 3-series coupe and cabrio are said to possibly be receiving 4-series badges, splitting up for the first time the 4-door and 2-door versions of what has always been called together, the “3-series.” These are some new speculative renders courtesy of Autobild.
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
The upcoming 6 Series Gran Coupe’s exterior design has apparently been revealed in these renderings found in a BMW patent filing. This design remains fairly close to the BMW Concept Gran Coupe revealed a year ago at the Beijing Autoshow. The front fascia loses some of its more aggressive styling bits such as the aggressive side intake inlets in favor of the production 6-series bumper. The wheels have also been sized down for practical purposes.
Expect the 6 Series Gran Coupe to feature the same range of engines as the current 6-series coupe and convertible.
Based on previously info, we’ve tentatively pegged its debut to be sometime mid-next year.
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
Info on the next generation M3 lineup comes courtesy of insider SCOTT26. Expected in the M3 lineup will again be the M3 coupe and cabrio, but the M3 sedan will supposedly be replaced by the M3 Gran coupe (a 4 door version of the F32 M3 coupe). Also for the first time there will be an M3 touring wagon. Finally, the X3M and an X4M (based on a future X4 SAV model) are speculated. Full details inside.
Damon Lavrinc at Autoblog brings news about full customizable LCD gauge displays coming to the “refreshed” 5-series and 7-series, which we take to mean the facelift / LCI versions of the current models – supposedly within 2 years time.
It appears that BMW’s two largest sedans will transition from black panel displays to full digital LCD displays where the tachometer, speedometer, fuel meter, and temperature gauge will all take a digital form. The display may also be customized to display navigation and infotainment info and take on different looks appropriate for the car being in sport or comfort mode.
We’ll lament the extinction of the physical needle and gauges in the F10 and F01, but we suspected that it was only a matter of time before full LCD … CONTINUED