The BMW Group is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the world with its BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce brands.
As a global company, the BMW Group operates 24 production facilities in 13 countries and has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.
For the next years, 2011 and 2012 BMW will come with a series of new, and improved models, new engines and most probably a series of Electric vehicles. So, let’s see what we have.
2011 BMW Cars
2011 BMW 1 Series: In 2011 BMW will unveil the 2011 BMW 1-Series M Coupe, a car that most probably is expected to reach consumers in May of 2011 with just 2,700 units offered worldwide (available only in Alpine White, Jet Black and Valencia Orange Metallic) ( read more about the 2011 BMW 1 Series M Coupe ).
Also, at the end of the year expect to see the face-lifted version of BMW 1 Series. Face-lifted BMW 1 Series will come with new rear and front headlight lenses with LED technology and more re profiled aerodynamics in the bumpers. The 1-series coupe and cabrio LCI, along with the 1M and Active E will be seen for the first time at the NAIAS in Detroit this early January.
Also, BMW prepares the electrified 1-series coupe for the next year. We already know that BMW selected Metro New York, Southern California, Northern California and Boston as the testing grounds for the electrified 1-series coupe.
Bmw’s 1 Series Active-E is powered by a rear-mounted electric motor that produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque, which propels the ActiveE from 0-60 in 8.5 seconds to a top speed of 90mph.
2011 BMW 3 Series. The next-generation BMW 3 Series (BMW F30) isn’t that far off, with the sedan expected to debut sometime in 2011 as a 2012 model. A US-exclusive iS sport model slotted above the M-Sport 335i and below the M3 may come next year. Certain M Sport items, such as a steering wheel will be included. Expect similar engine tweaks to the inline 6 N54 twin turbo as have been found in the 7RR package on the X6 and of course the BMW Performance Engine Kit.
The latest Efficient Dynamics tech is a given and we’d expect a downsized range of engines with some more exciting icing on the cake for enthusiasts hellbent on bhp rather than mpg.
Rumors abound that the current M3’s V8 will be no more, forced to shrink to a bi-turbo V6, while the stepping stone sports model. The GT version of the new 3 Series will be presented at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, ahead of the F30 sedan that will arrive in 2012. ( read more about the BMW 3 Series GT ).
2011 BMW 5 Series
Of course the most important for 2011 is the new M5. The plutonium-grade 5-series, the M5, goes on sale next spring.
Unlike the current car, the fifth-generation M5 will have a downsized, turbocharged V-8 that is shared with the X5 M and X6 M. But the move from a 5.0-liter V-10 to a 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V-8 results in a power increase from 500 horsepower to more than 555.
The 0-62 mph dash should take about 4.4 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds quicker than the current model. Top speed will be an electronically limited 155 mph but with this removed the new M5 should top out at 188 mph.
Also, BMW executives have given the go-ahead to a hybrid version of the BMW 5-Series. Regular production and sales of the vehicle could begin in 2011, according to BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer.
2011 BMW 6 Series
For 2011 – 2012 BMW will officially unveil the new 6 Series. Expect to see also one Cabrio version, and course, in the summer of 2012 the new M6, course after the launch of the new BMW M5. BMW M6 2012 Geneva Autoshow. BMW M6 Cabrio debut in September 2012 (ahead of the 2012 Mondial l’automobile ,Paris.)
Although details are still sketchy, it seems that the Z2 will be built on the same platform as the next generation 1-Series. To simplify things, BMW is rumored to be using a soft top rather than a retractable metal lid. The car will feature turbocharged and naturally aspirated four-cylinder powerplants in the 1.8-2.0 liter range. Horsepower should start around 150 and climb to 300 assuming an M version follows.
7 Series Midcycle facelift (LCI). 2012 will mark mid cycle of the lineup and according to BMW insider Scott26 the top of the line car will get a few slight changes to bring it into line with the rest of the range. The updated car would be termed an LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) model. According to 7post.com, the kidney grills will loose the curved outline and inherit an angular shape that would similar to the F10 5-Series and the upcoming F12 6-Series and F30 3-Series. The front bumper lower air intake will be modified and will be brought more inline with the original BMW 7-Series ActiveHybrid Concept and upcoming BMW 6-Series. To be shown at the 2012 Beijing Autoshow.
Tech Updates from 2011 ( READ COMPLETE CHANGES FOR BMW Line-up from Sept 2010 )
Beginning with September production there will be enhancements for BMW Assist with Bluetooth (639) and iPod/USB Adapter (6FL). These enhancements will extend the functionality through improved integration of mobile devices into the vehicle. These new features are made possible by hardware advances and are not “retrofittable” to pre-September builds.
more to be updated …