While attending the BMW Innovation Days event in Munich, where BMWBLOG was invited as well, MotorTrend managed to get the scoop on some of the most awaited BMWs this year, and others as well. When visiting the BMW FIZZ R&D Center in Munich, you are bound to stumble across several new vehicles and prototypes, or camouflaged test mule. Photography is strictly prohibited, but words are usually allowed to be inked.
So let’s start with the new F20 1 Series Hatchback. According to MotorTrend, new 3 Series test mules, heavily camouflaged, were parted next to the new 1 Series and it seemed only slightly longer, featuring a very short trunk lid and short front and rear overhangs. A common trait in all the new BMWs, the new 3 Series will feature a more upright nose and wider grilles.
Interesting enough, the magazine says BMW has flatly denied the rumor about a possible debut in Frankfurt, and we’re inclined to believe it’s the truth. At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW will focus on the new 1 Series Hatchback, the production version of the M5 and without a doubt, a Megacity Concept.
Next in line, the new 1 Series. Oddly, MotorTrend calls the new 1er a mid-cycle update, which clearly we know it’s not the case. The entry-level BMW went through a complete redesign and will be unveiled soon.
Moving onto the recently unveiled 6 Series Coupe, the folks at MT stumbled upon a prototype sporting an all-glass roof. The prototype roof also appeared to be electrochromatic like rival Mercedes’ new “Magic Sky” glass roof that changes its transparency with an electric charge. Another interesting move by BMW and one that customers will appreciate.
In the last few days, the interwebs were filled with some news around a BMW X1 M being in works. We refrained from reporting since there was no substance nor any backup from our sources. MotorTrend did manage to find out that BMW is looking into a high-performance model using the N55 300 horsepower TwinPower turbocharged engine. We would call it BMW X1 xDrive35is. As we announced several times in the past, the U.S. debut of the X1 is on hold. The company is having issues ramping production to keep up with demand and no launch date has been set. MT anticipates at least another year wait for American customers.
Our favorite subject comes into focus: more diesels in North America. According to the same folks, a BMW 335d xDrive might be in works and on track for an U.S. debut. The car builds atop of the successful sales of the 335d RWD model. Smaller, more efficient diesels are also on the way with the new N20 2.0 liter four-cylinder TwinPower engine. We expect the X3 to be one of them and a potential X1 if it makes it here.
Last but not least, a Rolls Royce prototype was spotted as well. The Phantom will go through a mid-cycle update that includes new taillights and headlights, and a redesigned front fascia.
Stay tuned in the next days for BMWBLOG exclusive news from BMW FIZZ in Munich!
[Source: MotorTrend ]