2022 BMW i4
Back in 2014, BMW took a very confident step into the world of the EV, officially launching its “Project i” sub-brand with the i3. Following hot on its heels was the remarkable i8 hybrid coupe, which garnered the German brand oodles of green cred for its futuristic aesthetic and advanced powertrain. These days, BMW says it has big plans for its electrified lineup, with a total of 12 battery-electrics planned by 2025, plus 13 hybrids as well. One of the most exciting prospects is dubbed to i4, which promises four-door practicality, high-end luxury, extraterrestrial styling, and next-generation technology.
Update 2/27/2020: The BMW i4 Prototype with a RWD configuration was caught playing in the snow just a week before the i4 Concept is set to make its debut.
The Next-Gen BMW M4 Will be a "Fortress of Manual" and Will Have AWD
Speculation that the next BMW M3 and M4 would not come with a manual transmission has been dispelled. Both upcoming Motorsport versions of the
and 4-Series models will indeed have a six-speed stick shift, and they will even offer the option of all-wheel drive.
BMW X7 Pickup Could Be BMW’s Answer to the Mercedes X-Class
Ever since BMW entered the SUV market with the X5 back in 1999, enthusiasts have been clamoring for the Germans to produce a pickup truck. Now that Mercedes-Benz is offering the X-Class, a BMW-badged truck seems to make more sense. With the flagship X7 unveiled a few weeks ago, we can’t help but wonder whether BMW should consider a truck version at last.
2019 BMW Z4 M Coupe Could Look Like This
BMW recently lifted the veil off its all-new 2019 Z4 roadster, the sixth-generation Z model (or third-gen Z4) and the most visually striking one yet. However, unlike with the first-gen Z4, this one will get neither a hardtop coupe version nor a hot Z4 M variant.
The Arctic Trucks BMW X7 Isn’t Real but We Want One
Arctic Trucks is a world-renowned off-road specialist based out of Reykjavik, Iceland whose trucks are specially designed to cross vast frozen wastelands. Their creations have a unique look, with bulging fender flares and big, oversized tires, but that look doesn’t only work on pickup trucks from Toyota, Isuzu or Nissan - it works on any high-riding vehicle, so why not the brand new BMW X7?
2020 BMW X7 M
Confirmed in 2014, the BMW X7 arrived in 2018 to take its place as the company’s flagship SUV. Now that the full-size rig is finally here, we can’t help but wonder whether an M version is underway. Does it make sense? Should BMW build one?
The large SUV market is pretty big in the U.S., where BMW is building the X7, but neither the Cadillac Escalade nor the Lincoln Navigator are powerful enough to create demand for an M version. However, Mercedes-Benz is making an AMG version of the GLS, which is taking all market share in the performance department. The AMG-prepped GLS alone is a reason enough for BMW to roll out an X7 M, but it should also be part of the company’s plans to expand the nameplate now that all crossovers are set to be offered in M form. Let’s find out what it may bring to the table in the speculative review below.
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If BMW Aims to Take on the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 with an X7 M This is What It Will Look Like
BMW is Killing the BMW 3 Series GT but We Refuse to Let it Go With a New Rendering
BMW is reportedly going to kill off the 3-Series Gran Turismo, the more practical, slightly taller, longer, and roomier hatchback version of BMW’s bread and butter sedan. Apparently, there is no longer a justification to make a new one as its slot in the range will be filled by new SUV models.
The 2020 BMW X8 is Coming and This is What it May Look Like
2018 BMW X2 - Updated
Introduced for the 2018 model year, the BMW X2 is the Bavaria’s answer to the Audi Q2, launched in 2016. The small crossover slots between the X1 and X3 in the lineup, but it’s essentially a sportier version of the former. BMW offers the X2 in both the U.S. and Europe with a range of gasoline and diesel engines.
The small SUV first hit the streets in October 2015 and resurfaced again in January 2016, heavily camouflaged on both occasions. Later on, a concept car was showcased at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, making the company’s intentions about expanding the X lineup clear as daylight. Come 2017 and the X2 broke cover as the company’s sixth crossover. Essentially a sleeker, coupe-like version of the X1, the X2 competes against the likes of the Audi Q2, which was launched in 2016. It also completes BMW’s lineup of so-called coupe-style crossovers, which already includes the X6 and the X4.
The new compact SUV shares underpinnings with the second-generation X1, which rides on the same UKL platform found in the Mini Cooper and the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. As a result, the X2 is front-wheel driven in the absence of xDrive AWD and also borrows the X1’s powertrains, meaning it will cross the pond to the U.S. in similar configurations. Launched in Europe in November 2017, the X2 made its North American debut at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show.
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2020 BMW i8
Launched in 2014, the i8 was on BMW’s drawing boards since the mid-2000s. First unveiled as the Vision Efficient Dynamics in 2009, it was updated to the i8 Concept in 2011, before being showcased as a production-ready prototype in 2013. In 2012, BMW also revealed a Spyder concept car. More than three years have passed since its official debut, and the i8 is already a big hit with hybrid sports car enthusiasts. Despite this, BMW has yet to offer a mid-cycle update like it did with the i3, but it’s planning to launch a drop-top, Spyder version at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show, Whether more oomph is on the table for the current i8 is still a mystery, but there’s a lot of buzz about a significantly more powerful next-generation model flying around for quite some time.
Given BMW’s current strategy, a brand-new i8 isn’t likely to arrive sooner than 2020, so information about the upcoming sports car is scant, to say the least. However, there have been claims that the new i8 will go fully electric and the I Vision Dynamics concept that was unveiled in 2017 likely previews the sports car’s new design. I gathered all the information available in the speculative review below, while our designer created a rendering of what the second-generation i8 might look like. Keep reading to find out all the details we have so far and stay tuned for updates on this car.
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2020 BMW i3 M
BMW launched the i3 electric errand-runner in 2014, and recently introduced a new iteration called the i3s at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This latest “s” version is sportier than the standard model, gaining more power and extra handling capabilities, which got us thinking – where would this sort of evolution eventually lead? Would (could?) BMW turn the i3 into a bona-fide sports machine, rather than just an eco model with 15 extra ponies and a lower stance? If so, what would something like that look like? To answer those questions, we gazed into our crystal call, drew up a rendering, and did a little speculation. The end result is this – the BMW i3 M, a true motorsport performance box with specs to back the badge. Try 0-to-60 mph in less than five seconds and tail-happy handling dynamics, all with that i-branded eco friendliness when you’re ready to dial back the aggression.
So yeah, it’s just a rendering for now, but why not? After all, BMW is no stranger to the world of high-speed hybrids – just look at the i8, the success of which most likely prompted further discussion on the topic amongst BMW’s top brass. Add in copious rumors that such a thing is indeed under development, plus the fact that actually producing this thing wouldn’t be terribly difficult for the brand, and we’d say odds are split 50/50 yay to nay. Read on for our speculative take.
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2019 BMW M5 Touring
A brand-new BMW 5 Series has already been unveiled for the 2017 model year and the new M5 just arrived for 2018. With a new platform, an all-wheel-drive system, and a new V-8, there’s plenty to get excited about the new M5, but the really big news is that BMW may bring the wagon back after more than six years. Granted, the high-performance wagon has become a very rare breed and there aren’t significant signs that this may change in the future, but even though the M5 sedan is by far the more popular choice here, some enthusiasts, me included, are getting pretty excited at the thought of seeing a new M5 Touring in dealerships. That said, I think that this rumor deserves a bit more attention and we even created a rendering to go with our speculative review.
The M5 Touring’s return is quite the big deal for a nameplate that had a wagon body style only for brief periods of time. Although the first M5 arrived in 1985, a grocery getter wasn’t offered until 1989, when the second generation arrived. When the E34 was discontinued in 1995, the M5 Touring also went into the history books, as the third-gen M5 was sold as a sedan only. The Touring model had to wait until 2005 to see the light of day again, and caused quite a sensation thanks to its gorgeous looks (it was a Bangle, ironically) and massive V-10 under the hood. It’s been six years since the M5 Touring was discontinued for the second time, and the beefed-up midsize wagon might return to give the Mercedes-AMG E63 Wagon and the Audi RS6 Avant a run for their money. The good news is it could cross the pond to the U.S. too.
Updated 09/28/2017: We have a new rendering of the M5 Touring, as well as updated information about the performance wagon. Check it out below.
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2018 BMW Pickup
News recently surfaced of BMW Australia’s Managing Director, Marc Werner, saying, “never say never” in regards to BMW’s entry into the pickup segment. As we reported, this is far from an official commitment by BMW, but it certainly creates opportunity for the automaker to expand its market reach.
And what’s more, archival Mercedes-Benz is preparing its first-ever pickup while newcomer Tesla has an all-electric pickup on the drawing board. Furthermore, GMC has its Canyon Denali headed for dealers in 2017, so it seems the premium midsize pickup segment is about to explode.
So we at TopSpeed decided to run with the idea of a BMW pickup truck. This rendering shows a midsize pickup based on the X5 platform. Like the Honda Ridgeline, it would use a reinforced unibody chassis designed to handle extra hauling and towing duties, while still maintaining a crossover-like ride. And with it being a BMW, the truck would surely handle well for a pickup. Could this be the “Ultimate Driving (and hauling) Machine?”
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2018 BMW 1M Sedan
The second-generation 1 Series went on sale in 2011 as a redesigned version of the compact that BMW first introduced in 2004. But, unlike its predecessor, the current model consists of only three- and five-door hatchbacks, while the two-door coupe and convertible are being sold under the 2 Series. Pretty much a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Audi A3, the current 1 Series stands out as the only vehicle in its niche to use a rear-wheel drive architecture. In 2016, BMW unveiled the first sedan version of the 1 Series and word has it that an M-badged performance version will follow.
Although styling cues are similar, the platform underneath the sedan model is not. Unlike the hatchback, the four-door sedan rides on a front-wheel drive platform shared with the Mini Cooper; the same that will underpin the third-generation 1 Series. This is what makes an M version somewhat complicated due to the traditional RWD layout of the nameplate, but BMW definitely needs a competitor for the hot Audi RS3 Sedan.
Although BMW said that the sedan won’t be sold outside China for the time being, we do believe that the four-door will eventually find its way into other markets, including Europe and North America. When that happens, the German brand will expand the lineup to include more trims, including performance oriented versions. This could happen as early as 2018, but nothing has been confirmed so far. An M-badged version would definitely be in the works in that scenario, which is why we went ahead and asked our designer to come up with a 1M Sedan. More about its design features and what it may bring to the table in our speculative review below.
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2018 BMW M2 Gran Coupe
The BMW 2 Series was introduced in 2014 and it’s the first model to use the name following a split-off from the 1 Series family. Essentially created to include only the two-door coupe and two-door convertible models of BMW’s smallest modern vehicle, the 2 Series competes in a niche of its own. In 2015, BMW also launched a high-performance M2 version, giving brand enthusiasts a more affordable alternative to the M4, as well as offering the first proper successor to the iconic 1M.
Having expanded into new niches at an incredible pace in recent years, BMW reportedly is also looking to add more models to its compact range. The 1 Series Sedan has already been confirmed and an M1/1M is also in the books, but word now has it that Munich is also working on a Gran Coupe version of the 2 Series. What that means is that the two-door coupe will get a longer wheels and an extra pair of doors. This will enable BMW to provide a competitor for four-door coupes like the Mercedes-Benz CLA Class and the Audi A3 Sedan. More importantly, the 2 Series Gran Coupe is also rumored to get an M version to go against the sleek and powerful Mercedes-AMG CLA45.
Although there is no official confirmation for the 2 Series or M2 Gran Coupe, these models would make sense in today’s market. Sure, some argue that BMW is already offering too many M models and that the Gran Coupe could affect the sales of the 3 Series, but the truth is that Munich is in desperate need of a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz CLA. With that in mind, I put together a speculative review about what the M2 Gran Coupe would bring to the table, while our artist created a rendering to go with it.
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2016 BMW X1
It’s been six years since BMW stormed the mini SUV segment with the X1, and the German automaker has just launched the second-generation version of the car that made Audi and Mercedes-Benz create the Q3 and GLA, respectively. Introduced in 2009 as the brand’s smallest crossover and fourth SUV after the X3, X5, and X6, the X1 was praised for its powerful engines, sedan-like dynamics, and good fuel economy. The first-gen car was a commercial success with more than 700,000 units sold globally through 2014, so the second-gen X1 has pretty big shoes to fill. And needless to say, it’s looking to try and best its predecessor with a new exterior design, a revamped interior, and updated drivetrains.
More importantly, the X1 has just become the first BMW-badged SUV to use a front-wheel-drive architecture, borrowing the UKL platform from the Mini Cooper. The X1 joins the 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Gran Tourer to form BMW’s new family of FWD vehicles, which will expand to other nameplates in the future as well. The new X1 has some stiff competition to go against, with the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Audi Q3 on their way to becoming just as popular, so let’s have a closer look at how it compares to its German rivals.
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