BMW Roadmap for Future Cars

Rumors | September 18th, 2008 by 7

Many BMW related forums and online media rushed these past days to post what it seemed to be an “exclusive” inside information from BMW regarding …

Many BMW related forums and online media rushed these past days to post what it seemed to be an “exclusive” inside information from BMW regarding their roadmap for future cars until 2014. We sat back and looked at it for a while, and decided not to act on what I believed there were pure speculations.

We decided instead to analyze the list, ask around and then publish something that could turn out to be more accurate. But first, let me show what the whole fuzz was all about, so here is what some forums posted:

09/08 E90 Facelift
11/08 New 7 Series
01/09 New Z4
09/09 BMW PAS (Progressive Activity Sedan Crossover)
2009 BMW X1 arrives to dealers
2010 New 5 series
2010/2011 BMW CS based vehicle
2011 1-series Sedan
2011 Z2 lightweight roadster
2012 BMW Supersportscar tribute / M1 revival
2012 1-Series Coupe/Convert
2012 New 3 series Sedan, 6 months later the wagon
2012 Possible X4
2013 New 3 series Coupe and Convert
2013 New 6 Series
2014 New long wheelbase X5 or possibly called the X7

Obviously the list had a lot of flaws and misleading information, starting with the recently canceled BMW X7 project, a concept that was clearly labeled as Not-Happening by the BMW AG Board of Members in a meeting last month.

Another intrigue element on that list was the plan to build in 2011 a BMW 1 Series sedan, based on the coupe body style. I took that with a grain of salt, I went even further and asked one of our friends at BMW about this rumor. The answer was simple: “What is a 1 Series Sedan” ? Enough said.

And if this wasn’t convincing enough, Scott27, a member of the great Germancarzone forum, has once again provided some very useful inside information.

Whoever compiled this “RoadMap” clearly does not work within BMW AG!!

Discrepancies?

There never was to be a production car of the M1 Hommage. This is merely a design study to celebrate 30 years of the M1 , there was no plans for production , especially in what was speculated on specifics for the production version. Why no production M1? Because BMW are not interested in Pissing competitions with our rivals and are more interested in future sustenance and stability thanks to our Efficient Dynamics programm.

No 1er sedan. BMW will not introduce a sedan because of the damage that can be done of BMW four cylinder 3er sales in Europe in which four cylinder petrol and diesel models are big sellers in European markets. And the 1er will not interfere by not introducing a conventional sedan and touring variants.

Z2 Roadster will be based off the next 1er platform and will have offer as well as usual petrol and diesel engines a stand alone turbo charged four cylinder with mild hybrid technology. The aim is to have a BMW sports car in amongst the hybrids but to defy convention by offering something more unique and groundbreaking for customers.

No X7. The X5 is sufficient enough in terms of space , performance and efficiency.

BMW Gran Turismo – will be the flagship of the BMW division. The Audi A7 will be a direct competitor with the Mercedes CLS , The BMW and Audi are two different segments – Audi is for the mid level luxury segment and BMW will be for the upper luxury segment. The BMW will be the most expensive BMW on the market.

I hope these information answer some of the questions in the emails we received in the past few days and thanks again Scott27.

  • adood84

    OK so when is the expected date for a e92/e93 faclift? another thing on that list that doesn’t make sense is , that the 1er coupe was released in 2008 add 6 model years to that and you get a new 1er coupe around (2014-2015), I’m considering getting a 1er coupe in a couple of months I really hope that the model life span of the 1er is more than 3 years (as stated by this roadmap)

  • Gragop

    The 1 Series has been out for 3~4 years in Europe so it’s life cycle really is 7 years. It’s just that the US has recently started to receive the that product in BMW’s lineup while Europe’s enjoyed it for a while.

  • Gragop

    Here are the followin things that make me say WTF:

    1. the CS concept is being produced into a car? what is this going to be? the 8 Series? It can’t be the new flagship/halo car if…
    2. There is a “super car/ M1 revival” which everyone keeps denying is going to be produced. Wouldn’t this be top dog at BMW?
    3. I do like the idea of a Z2 or some sort of smaller, light weight roadster/coupe
    4. I thought the 1 series sedan was axed as there wasn’t a market for it? I know it was seen testing a year or two ago but last I heard it was kapute.

    I dunno – maybe I’m off on these, just food for thought.

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    The CS Concept will be the base of the next 8 Series, or GT, whichever BMW will choose as the name.

  • adood84

    @Gragop:

    the 1 series hatchback has been released in Europe for a couple of years now , but the coupe has just been released in 2008 over the world .

  • George

    I thought they wouldn’t going to build a supercar M1 revival?

  • Gragop

    @adood84:

    I understand that but the 1 Coupe will still only be a 4~5 year run if the predecessor is due out in 2012

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