The beauty of attending media days at the auto shows across the world is the abundance of information that are being released, either through press conferences or simply talking to BMW executives, designers and other personnel.
Being at the New York International Auto Show, we had the opportunity to learn more about future plans and products. What we learned was that in 2009, BMW will launch in the U.S seven brand new models, and by launching, they are referring at vehicles available at the BMW dealerships. In 2010, another fifteen new products will be available, a total of 26 new models, including four facelifts.
Since BMW does not comment on future products, we had to work our magic and see what we can find out. What we know for sure is that the 7 new products this year are:
- BMW 5 Series GT – available in the fall
- BMW 760Li
- BMW 7 Series Hybrid – in the fall
- BMW X6 Hybrid – in the fall
- BMW Z4 – in May
- BMW X5 M
- BMW X6 M
It is worth mentioning the BMW X1 which will launch in the summer, but it’s only available in Europe for now. BMW has not completely ruled out the possibility of bringing it to the U.S in the future, of course, based on the economy state and other factors.
Even though we don’t have confirmation on all the models launching in 2010, we will go ahead and try to guess them based on what we learned so far and other rumors we heard. First, the new redesigned BMW X3 will make its debut in January 2010, followed shortly in the spring by the 2010 BMW 5 Series. The new BMW 6 Series models will make their entrance next year as well.
One of the most exciting vehicles launching in 2010 is the BMW 135i Supersports, an M1 replacement without the M badge. Several other 1 Series variants are expected to launch next year, but unfortunately no solid information on which type of vehicles.
Project i will deliver a vehicle as well, but it is still too early to speculate on that.
The next two to three years are going to be quite exciting for BMW, many different models are being launched, some more accepted than others, but it is clear that BMW is looking forward to expand their market and reach a broader demographic. As usual, as soon as we hear more, you will see them here first.