We bring some news directly from the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. We had an opportunity to chat with BMW M President Dr. Friedrich Nitschke earlier today at the show and contrary to earlier reports from BMW insider SCOTT26, Dr. Nitschke ruled out M versions of the current X3 or Z4 for the current generation.
When asked about a possible Z4M, Dr. Nitschke said: “In the current generation we won’t bring a Z4M, but for the successor we’re thinking about it.” Dr. Nitschke went on to say in regards to the X3M: “Also, with the current X3, we won’t bring an M version, but with the successor generation we’ll see.”
The F11 M5 Touring was also ruled out. Again, coming directly from Dr. Nitschke: “with the current M5 we … CONTINUED
Latest rumor from Insider SCOTT26 provides further insight on the upcoming X3M, as well as the development of a X1M, X4, and X2. Read the full details inside.
The “0 Prototype” featured and teased prominently in the recent Plan 0 video (a look into BMW’s secret prototyping process) is likely to be the future BMW X4 SAV, which will take on the coupe SAV look of a baby X6, albeit in smaller form. Evidence comes via Scott26’s words, the presence of personnel from the Spartanburg plant (where X models are produced), and close resemblance to speculative X4 renders.
Here is the first official sketch preview of the upcoming BMW X4. The sketch features the rear view of the X4 concept and reveals a sleek SAV with many of the design aspects already mentioned by BMW insiders.
At a marketing presentation with the F25 X3 project leader, it was revealed that the BMW X4 Concept will be presented sometime next year, with production in 2013-2014. The X3 lineup may also be expanded soon with an X3 M, xDrive35is, and Active Hybrid versions.
What does the future of the BMW X portfolio hold? According to insider Scott26, BMW is keen on a potential X4 (think smaller X6) which shares technology with the X3, an X3 35iS sharing engine from z4 35iS and 335iS, and an X3M with motor from upcoming 1M Coupe.