Rumormill: New BMW 1 and 2 Series, M2, Z2, FWD vehicles

Featured Posts, Rumors | May 29th, 2011 by 18
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Yet again the restless BMW insider Scott27 comes to disrupt the BMW news world. As always, take some of the following predictions/speculations with a big …

Yet again the restless BMW insider Scott27 comes to disrupt the BMW news world. As always, take some of the following predictions/speculations with a big grain of salt, since at the moment, confirming them would require turning into James Bond and sneaking into BMW’s HQ.

So what’s new from the usual BMW source? A lot, if all these rumors become true: 1 Series FWD, 2 Series, M2, Z2 and some other cryptic future BMW models. Let’s have a look and try to filter through these rumors. (The insiders’ words have been slightly edited to eliminate grammar mistakes)

The new Premium Compact Class.

In order to make room for the new family of Front wheel Drive BMW’s. BMW are now locked in to separate its core compact premium family.

Rumormill: New BMW 1 and 2 Series, M2, Z2, FWD vehiclesBMW 1er Front Wheel Drive Family

  • City Compact
  • F.A.S.T. Family Activity Sports Tourer
  • Gran Turismo
  • BMW Z2

Sharing architecture with the next MINI , the BMW entry models retain the 1er designation but will be identified by unique badging. BMW’s first foray into the highly contested Premium City segment will comprise of unique concepts with a sporty edge. The wheels may be front driven or in the case of the FAST, optional xDrive, but the mission statement remains the same to offer a unique sporting impression even though the rules have been changed.

The Z2 now becomes part of the FWD architecture and will comprise of a single model Roadster, the car is extremely compact and will offer a entry choice for a sporty BMW.

BMWBLOG: Nothing new here really. We heard about the niche 1er vehicles, along with the 1 GT (Compact Activity Tourer) and Z2. While the BMW insider says that the 1er Gran Turismo and Z2 will be FWD, our own sources state the contrary. The two vehicles have been developed along the new 1 Series family and the rear-wheel drive platform, and at launch time in 2013, the BMW core driving platform remains embedded within the two niche cars.

BMW 1 Series sDrive

  • Sporthatch 5dr
  • Sporthatch 3dr

The imminent new Sporthatch continues its success story in a much more rounded successor. Especially focusing on the increase of the wheelbase for rear passenger accommodation. Launched with a significant number of features for a new BMW, the new 1er justifies its cause in regards to the importance for the upcoming growth of the Premium Compact Segment; allowing luxury options normally found in high end Premium luxury cars available in the compact class.

The new 1er Sporthatch also heralds the introduction of next generation “Efficient Dynamics” technologies in order for the 1er to remain the principle choice as the most fuel efficient car in its segment.

BMWBLOG: Same news we reported several times. The new F20 1 Series Hatchback will be unveiled next month and we let some info slip in our past articles.

BMW 2 Series

  • Coupe
  • Cabrio

In order to seperate the Performance and sportier body shape of the Coupe and Cabrio, BMW will rename the cars as the 2er, bypassing the need for overcrowding with the new Sporthatch / FWD Family. The 2er showcases some new design movement with further progressive sporting interpretation of the hatch; to some the new car looks more 2002 like than before. The Cabrio model will continue offering a soft-top roof and clean design lines without compromising looks and performance.

Both will be launched in 2013 respectively.

BMWBLOG: Here comes the info confirmed by us before anyone else. Yes, there will be a 2 Series family and the Coupe and Convertible from the new 1 Series will move up in class.

BMW M2

Since it is given that the baby 1er M Coupe should really have followed through and be called M1 in relation to the rest of the M cars, the inclusion of M2 allows the M Division to bypass that dilemma and offer a straight choice of M2. Following on from the exceptional response to the new 1er M Coupe, the new car allows more money and time and the ability to progress. Although the 1er M Coupe showcases what is possible in a tight time frame, BMW will work to emulate the current car by making sure that weight loss is significant a benefactor because it looks to its forebears with the inclusion of a high performance four cylinder turbo charged engine.

The problem with the current car is it’s short window in regards to further progress, there are ideas but not the money nor the time to do so. This is something that will be rectified with the next generation as the regards to bring a successor “That will push the envelope” for small performance cars.

BMWBLOG: BMW M2? Sure, a logical step since the 2 Series family will come to life, BUT… a little bit to early to make any assumptions. A possible M2 won’t be revealed until 2014-2015, so the naming convention, or even the greenlight for such model are years down the road.

Under Consideration:

BMW 2er Gran Coupe
Extended four door Coupe of the 2er Coupe with sleek design and sporting coupe roofline. Intended for sDrive family albeit with optional xDrive.

BMW 1er Touring / Shooting Brake
Lifestyle choice, configured in either 3dr or 5dr Intended to be designated as a sDrive model albeit with optional xDrive.

BMWBLOG: Huge speculations here and in our opinion, very small to none chances.

[Source: GCF ]

  • Chris Andreas

    Thanks guys for cutting through the BS. Clearly some of these will NOT happen. the source was right many many times before and funny how the 2 Series is now confirmed after you fellas reported on it last week. 

    I would say 1 and 2 series are a lock, FWD a lock with some niche cars, Z2 can go either way, but I think BMW will keep the enthusiasts happy with RWD, M2…most likely, but as you said, 4-5 years away and who knows what name will be used by the marketing dudes by that time.

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  • LexusLVR

    This is awesome. BMW finally realizes that FWD is the future. Cars like the Lexus ES and RX, which are FWD by default, have proven this with their smashing sales success in the US.

    • Nnnn

      Your logic is that FWD cars sell better than RWD cars?

    • Nnnn

      Your logic is that FWD cars sell better than RWD cars?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

      FWD cars sux as performance cars. They are good for you and many others but you do not need to buy BMW. Buy an another brand who makes FWD. There are plenty. Buick, Mazda, Lexus, Toyota, Honda, Audi, Volvo, etc. etc.  just leave the RWD for the big boys – BMW and MB and now Cadillac. That CTS-V is a killer ride !!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000477069969 Hugo Becker

    The E8x Series are C – class platforms (as is the 3er, the 1er is a true C, the 3er a C/D). BMW does not currently make a B class car (the MINI is a B class, but there are no BMW badged B class cars). The L7 platform matrix (which the F2x/F3x cars will be developed from) allows for a flexible firewall location. That allows for either FWD or RWD vehicles to be built from the platform (see the following: http://www.bmwblog.com/2010/07/07/editorial-bmws-ultimate-gamble/). That’s why I don’t see the Z2 being FWD (besides making NO sense when it can be rear drive). I think we’re seeing some ‘smoke’ from BMW corporate on the Z2 frankly.

    The A and B class cars BMW is building need FWD for packaging consideration. But the new 2,3,4,5,6, and 7 series models will retain RWD/AWD.

    One thing we need to look at is production capacity. For example the Leipzig plant is building all 1ers (including the X1) and will be building the i3 (although that may represent less than 10% cpacity of the plant). BMW plants are all very flexible. But there is a lot of idle capacity (and don’t look for added capacity soon with the economic picture as murky as it currently is). For all the new products to be introduced, production capacity has to be allocated. And frankly, I’m not sure where that capacity is at the moment to get BMW the additional units they want built.

    • T.

      BMW are actually preparing an announcement for later this year that they are investigating locations for a new factory , Whilst they have decided on the location (Eastern Europe.)  The proposal is an equivalent of the MINI Oxford plant where a “Family” of vehicles on one platform can be manufactured and become  it’s competence centre for the FWD family. 

       There is still time to build since the FWD car starts rolling out in early 2014.

    • T.

      BMW are actually preparing an announcement for later this year that they are investigating locations for a new factory , Whilst they have decided on the location (Eastern Europe.)  The proposal is an equivalent of the MINI Oxford plant where a “Family” of vehicles on one platform can be manufactured and become  it’s competence centre for the FWD family. 

       There is still time to build since the FWD car starts rolling out in early 2014.

    • T.

      The GT variant is FWD due to the driveshaft being removed there is more space within the interior. BMW recently put the FWD City Compact and the GT through a test clinic amongst select customers.

      The City Compact received favoured reviews especially because of it’s striking design and sportiness , compared to the Audi A1 which sat alongside it.  Customers who were chosen because they are non-BMW owners but come from the pool of existing City Compacts were not deterred that the car was FWD.
      The front end with it’s single halo headlights ( a la 328 Hommage) caught attention because of it’s unique identity.

      The GT was tested amongst owners with the popular Euro-mini- MPV’s and were impressed that there is space inside a car which does not appear to be a van but is more a larger hatch with mix of a Touring.
      Interior space is on a par with some of these MPV’s especially in the rear with the transmission tunnel removed and there is increased flexibility on offer.

      The Z2 given it’s much compact dimensions than the previous Z2 idea is seen as a sporting choice in between the next MINI Coupe and Roadster – The Z2 would be used as a stability marker during the transition of the forthcoming MINI Coupe and Roadster until the next generation arrive.

      The idea originally for the Z2 could logically sit under the next Z4 which could become Z5 allowing for the resurrection of the Z3 name. Because the Z2 or Z1? is much more smaller to fit within the UKL city platform.   Z3 is a tried and tested and despite the original Z3 and it’s ancient platform and componentry the car was still a huge seller. With at launch in certain parts of the world waiting lists rose to around two years.  

      BMW could  consider to bring the Z3 name back. Allowing the next Z4 to grow and become the Z5.

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  • http://twitter.com/Fantastic_Beats Ofentse Letsholo

    hmmmm, nice rumours but like always, it’s just rumours/

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Well…the Z2 is not a rumor, the FWD, not a rumor, the others…we gave our
      input :)

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  • Spade

    BMW’s has always been a RWD car manufacturer and I hope they will continue the tradition! I don’t want BMW going FWD!

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