BMW: The Road Ahead in 2012

Rumors | January 2nd, 2012 by 33
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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 …

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.

Market Launches

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.

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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 5-door configuration, the 1er family will receive the 3-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.

BMW M550d

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.


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.

As always, BMW could have other aces up their sleeve, and therefore we anticipate 2012 to be quite exciting for BMW fans.

33 responses to “BMW: The Road Ahead in 2012”

  1. John says:

    I am betting the F30 Gran Coupe will be a super sexy car.

    Anything about the 2 series?

  2. Alen Residovic says:

    What’s with the new M3 / M4 ? I expect a reveal on some car show in autumn 2012… And selling to start at the spring 2013… :) What do you think?

  3. manuelf says:

    Hi Horatiu,
    small correction:
    F20/F21 BMW 1 Series: F20 (5 doors) will show up BEFORE F21 (3 doors). You had it the other way round….

  4. Phong Vt6 says:

    Some sources said that the new M6 convertible will be at NAIAS in Jan, is it true ??

  5. Mrdirosa says:

    Wait a second, now the F31 is NOT coming to the US?? Last I heard it was…

  6. kolbasz says:

    Does anybody know anything about the new generation of the 3-Series coupe?

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Won’t debut until next year. We might see a web unveiling this fall, but can’t say for sure…yet. Will find out more in Detroit.

    • Catzura says:

      You mean 4 series…I’m surprised it’s not mentioned in this article. They’ve had prototypes testing for some time now so I would think a late 2012 debut (likely Paris Auto Show). Cabrio might come first like the 6 series, followed by coupe, then M4 and grancoupe in late 2013.

  7. Barry says:

    NO F31 FOR THE US???? Didn’t they learn their lesson when all the would-be F11 buyers made a permanent switch to Audi or Mercedes? I don’t want a 3-series GT, I want a sport wagon. I hope you’re wrong!! Heartbreaking. :(

    • Horatiu B. says:

      I hope I am too. Keep in mind, this is not official, but rather what we heard through back channels. I do know that the new US boss likes wagons and might make a case for them.

  8. LaMa says:

    Big year with big disappointments.   No 3 series wagon  but there will be a stupid GT again ?
    The 5GT is the biggest looser at the moment. Even the 7 series is selling better then that behemot ugly hatchback.  To bring the 3GT instead of the wagon is definitely a mistake.
    BMW does NOT want to sell the wagons here. The E60 was only available with AWD which is useless and not needed in the majority of the US.
    So they did NOT wanted to sell the best looking bungle car.  Now the F21 is not sold and no plans for the F31…. sad.   I might have to buy an Audi or MB wagon when I need to change the aging E39 wagon.
    No E60 as it is AWD so I either buy the E46 or an E91 ?  I really like the F21 hoped to buy it with the new 4 cyl Turbo engine and 8spd auto.

    • Mrdirosa says:

      I’m planning on buying a 3 wagon in 2013.  If it comes down to a 3GT rather than the 3 wagon, I’m going to purchase something else (Audi avant, Mercedes wagon, etc).  The GT is UGLY!

  9. Tyrol says:

    I wonder why the availability of different BMW models is 2x smaller in US than in Europe…but atleast you get more options as standard. Anyway I really hoped that they would scrap the X4, I honestly can’t see any market for this. In my opinion, there is an oversaturation of BMW SUVs (or SAVs).

  10. Hero Sina says:

    3 GT will be the second biggest epic fail from BMW after 5 GT. What’s the point in that car, really? The 5 GT sale number is painfully low, i can forecast the same for 3 GT so from business point it’s a big NO NO car. 
    The sad thing is, BMW says they won’t make a supercar because they are not sure if it’s gonna give them enough profit to cover the R&D cost. So my question is this, Why despite 5 GT’s known failure there is a similar car on the way? did 5 GT give them enough money to make smaller 5 GT? Why making a car that we know it’s not gonna sell? 

    BMW isn’t my favorite car maker anymore. 

  11. Efoza says:

    The Gran Coupe is really creating a scene. Just look at this debate over it:

  12. Mateo says:

    2012 : The 3 Series Sedan
    2013 : The 2 Series Coupe

    that’s all i want

  13. Wilkinchu says:

    Are there any plans on offering the 335i convertible with Xdirve in 2012?

  14. Mrdirosa says:


    Paul Ferraiolo, Manager, Product Planning and Strategy at BMWNA confirmed today that the F31 is coming to the US!

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