Welcome to 2012, a year that it’s announcing to be full of product launches for BMW, along with some surprising concepts. Based on some information from our sources and by using common sense, we are able to give you a tentative picture of what lies ahead for BMW in 2012.
F30 BMW 3 Series
In February 2012, BMW will start shipping the new F30 3 Series. In the U.S., the high-volume seller will come initially in two flavors: 328i and 335i. A diesel version, most likely 335d, will debut later in the year. The 3er will be available with the Sport, Modern, Luxury and M Package lines.
Later in the year, BMW will also debut the ActiveHybrid 3, but it remains unknown if the U.S. market will get to enjoy the first hybrid 3 Series.
F31 BMW 3 Series Touring
The Touring version of the 3 Series will debut at the Leipzig Auto Show in June 2012 and the European market launch will take place in late Fall. According to BMW sources, there are no plans to bring the Sports Wagon across the pond.
F20/F21 BMW 1 Series
The all-new entry-level 1 Series will also come to the European market in early 2012. First available in the 3-door configuration, the 1er family will receive the 5-door models just a few months after. Unfortunately for American customers, BMW has no plans to bring the new 1 Series to the United States.
The tri-turbo six-cylinder diesel and the M550d will start production in March 2012. The newly designed diesel engine will output 381 horsepower and over 700 Nm of torque (516 lb-ft).
BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
The 6 Series Gran Coupe goes on sale in the U.S. in June 2012 and will be offered as three distinct models: BMW 640i, 650i and 650i xDrive (the latter two launching in late summer 2012).
BMW 7 Series Facelift
The facelifted version of BMW’s flagship will also be available this Summer. While the company will include some minor cosmetic updates, the big changes come from underneath the hood where the luxurious 7 Series gets updated power units.
U.S. BMW X1
Finally the entry-level Sports Activity Vehicle will make its way into the U.S. market. The X1 xDrive28i will debut this fall with the new 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine.
BMW X6 and X6 M Facelift
Another SAV or SAC if you may, that will debut this year is the X6 facelift, in both standard and M form. The facelifted X6 and X6 M will sport a more aggressive front fascia, redesigned the X6 headlights, as well as LED-powered white corona rings for daytime running lights. At the rear, the taillights will receive the now usual LED treatment.
F10 BMW M5
While debuted in 2011, the F10 M5 super sedan launches this Spring. BMW of North America will offer the new M5 with both a DCT and manual transmission.
BMW X6 M50d
The X6 M50d will debut this year as well and BMWBLOG learned from sources that the M diesel will run from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds. Furthermore, we learned that the car will output 381 horsepower and 545 lb-ft of torque (740Nm).
The X6 M50d will come equipped with an innovative and unique engine, a tri-turbo six-cylinder diesel.
Auto Show Debuts
BMW M6 Convertible and Coupe
Just as the 6 Series models, the convertible version of the M6 will debut first. The world premiere will take place in March at Geneva Motor Show.
Even though not confirmed, we expect the M6 Coupe to come on the floor at the October’s Paris Motor Show.
The market launch for both M6 variants will occur in 2013.
BMW 3 Series GT
BMW is being tight-lipped about the 3 Series Gran Turismo, but through some back channels we learned that the car could debut this year, either through a web unveiling or an unexpected presence at an auto show.
Unknown “emotional concept”
Yes, this is exactly how the car was described to us and we were told that, just as every year, BMW will unveil an “emotional concept” that will show the direction of BMW design and technology. Unfortunately, our sources refrained for revealing any further information, but speculations could point to the long-term rumored Z2 Roadster.
The F26 BMW X4 will come to market in 2014, but we expect the midsize X vehicle to debut, at least in concept form, later this year. The X4 will use the platform of the X3 and will be positioned below the X5 SAV. It will measure 4.65 meters long (183 inches), same length as the F25 X3.
Our own sources say that design wise, the X4 will keep a bloodline with the X3, although the front and rear will be separate designs. The smaller SAC makes use of BMW’s latest design philosophy in which wheelarches are defined by making them more three-dimensional, instead of building them out by adding more technicality and un-needed lines.
We also learned that the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina is already preparing for the X4 production lines and plans have been set in motion months ago.