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BMW M235 Gran Coupe videos have started to surface


Originally Posted by Habber

Not a nice looking car at all. There seems to be a creativity vacuum at BMW over the last few years and as a result, we have a watered down lineup as we move forward.

Their designs are literally hit or miss at this point. I commend the designs of the 3, 8, X3-5 & 7. And even the 1er hatch that someway manages to look better than this.

I would accept stuff like this if the proceeds (assuming the targeted demographic eats this up, doubt it though) were going to the R&D of a true halo sports car but instead we’re getting a halo SAV/SUV. Not to mention steadily getting unproportional grills too.

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2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe (F44) Official Thread: Price, Specs, Wallpapers, Videos

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe (F44) Official Thread: Price, Specs, Wallpapers, Videos

General Information

Full Press Release

Ordering & Pricing Guides

Model Highlights


M Performance Parts


Tech Specs


Pricing / Launch / Production

2020MY US Pricing:

  • MSRP 228i xDrive Gran Coupe – $37,500 plus $995 Destination
  • MSRP M235i xDrive Gran Coupe – $45,500 plus $995 Destination.

Production begins November 2019 for US market.
Market Launch March 2020 for US market.

Performance / Engine / Exhaust

  • 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder
  • 301 HP @ 5000-6250 rpm / 332 lb-ft @ 1750-4500 rpm (M235i xDrive)
  • 0-60 in 4.7 seconds [4.6s with optional M Performance Package’s overboots function] (M235i xDrive)
  • 228 HP @ 5000-6000 rpm / 258 lb-ft @ 1450-4500 rpm (228i xDrive)
  • 0-60 in 6.0 seconds (228i xDrive)
  • 155 mph top speed (performance tires) (M235i xDrive)
  • 130 mph top speed (all-season tires) / 151 mph (performance tires) (228i xDrive)
  • M235i xDrive gets:
    • larger turbocharger with built-in exhaust manifold and integral diverter valve
    • reinforced crankshaft with larger diameter main bearings
    • new pistons
    • modified connecting rods
    • larger flow fuel injectors
    • independent transmission oil cooler (separate from engine’s coolant circuit)
    • electric 850 watt fan
    • two remote coolant radiators in wheel arches
    • enlarged expansion tank
    • dual-branch exhaust system with minimal backpressure

Tranmission / Performance Control

  • 8 Speed automatic transmission
  • DSC
  • DTC setting (Dynamic Traction Control) allows great degree of slip
  • ARB system (near-actuator wheel slip limitation system)
  • BMW Performance Control (intelligently applies brakes at wheels on side of the bend)
  • When DSC switched off, EDLC (Electronic Differential Lock Control) applies brakes to simulate mechanical limited slip differential
  • xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system (can split drive 50:50) if necessary
  • Newly developed standard mechanical Torsen limited- slip differential in M235i xDrive
  • Launch Control function allows full 332 lb-ft peak torque to be available in first and second gear

Chassis / Suspension

  • Aluminum hood and trunk
  • Standard bracing in engine compartment and rear suspension area
    • Strut tower tie bar and bracing on the front axle subframe and in the tunnel area, plus an anti-roll bar mounting with high preload
  • Standard sports suspension and the M Sport steering with more direct ratio
  • M Sport suspension standard on M235i xDrive, optional for 228i xDrive as part of M Sport Package
  • M Sport suspension lowers height by 10mm
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Optional Dynamic Damper Control (lets driver choose from two different shock settings)
  • Comfort and Sport settings for Driving Experience Control switch

Wheels / Tires / Brakes

  • Standard on M235i xDrive: 18-inch M Double spoke wheels with 225/40R18 all-season runflat tires
  • Standard on 228i xDrive: 17-inch Multi-spoke wheels with 225/45R17 all-season runflat tires.
    • 17-inch wheels with performance non- runflat tires can be specified as can wheel and tire combinations from a varied selection, including 18-inch wheels with 225/40R18 all-season runflat and 19-inch wheels with 235/35R19 performance tires.
    • Optional M Performance package includes 18-inch wheel with non-runflat performance tires or all season run-flat tires or 19-inch wheels with 235/35R19 non-runflat performance tires or alternatively a 19”-inch bi-color option with performance tires.
  • M Sport brakes standard on M235i xDrive and optional on 228i xDrive Gran Coupe.

Exterior Design

  • Frameless doors
  • Standard full-LED headlights
  • Four-eyed halo DRL
  • Full LED, L-shaped rear taillights
  • Chrome 90mm exhaust tips on 228i xDrive, free-form exhaust design on M235i xDrive set inside a contoured rear diffuser panel
  • Large optional panoramic roof (29.1-inch by 28.3-inch interior opening) with an interior electric roller blind for shading
  • Sport line trim standard on 228i xDrive
  • M Sport Package available for 228i xDrive
  • M235i xDrive features Cerium Grey finish for the Kidney grille surround and slats, front air inlet surrounds, side sill inserts, mirror caps and free form tailpipe finishers

Interior Design / Technology

  • Backlit interior trim with six color options — white, bronze, orange, lilac, green and blue
  • Standard 8.8-inch center screen with iDrive 6
  • 10.25 inch Control Display iDrive screen (with optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional)
  • Info Display cluster up to 10.25 inches (with optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional)
  • iDrive 7 with optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional
  • Optional 9.25 inch Head-Up Display (HUD)
  • iDrive Touch Controller (with optional BMW Live Cockpit Professional)
  • BMW Live Cockpit (standard)
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional (optional)
  • Standard BMW Stereo sound system includes ten speakers and a 205-watt amplifier.
  • Optional Harman Kardon surround sound system includes 16- speakers and 464 watts amplifier.
  • 12 cubic foot trunk
  • 40/20/40 split rear seats

Exterior Colors for 2020MY

228i xDrive Gran Coupe:

  • Alpine White
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Jet Back
  • Melbourne Red Metallic
  • Mineral Grey Metallic
  • Mineral White Metallic
  • Seaside Blue Metallic
  • Storm Bay Metallic

M Sport Package adds:

  • Misano Blue Metallic
  • Snapper Rocks Blue Metallic

M235i xDrive:

  • Alpine White
  • Black Sapphire Metallic
  • Melbourne Red Metallic
  • Mineral Grey Metallic
  • Misano Blue Metallic
  • Snapper Rocks Blue Metallic
  • Storm Bay Metallic

Interior Colors / Trims for 2020MY

228i xDrive:

  • Standard Oyster/Black Sensatec or Black Sensatec
  • Optional Dakota leather in Magma Red, Mocha, Black with Blue highlights, Oyster or Black
  • Standard Berlin Illuminated trim
  • Optional Brooklyn and Boston Illuminated trim

M235i xDrive:

  • Dakota leather standard
  • Standard illuminated interior trim Boston
  • Optional Illuminated Brooklyn Trim and Illuminated Berlin Trim

Ambient lighting available as an option on the 228i xDrive and is standard on the M235i xDrive model.

Driver Assistance Systems

  • Standard Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation Function
  • Standard Active Blind Spot Detection
  • Standard Land Departure Warning system with active lane return
  • Standard Active Driving Assistant with Lane Change Warning System
  • Optional Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go
  • Standard Park Distance Control (PDC)
  • Optional Parking Assistance Package

Standard and Optional Equipment

Standard for MY2020:

  • Sport 8-speed automatic transmission
  • 17” Multi-spoke wheels with all-season run-flat tires
  • Sport leather steering wheel
  • Alarm System
  • Rear view camera
  • Park Distance Control
  • LED headlights and fog lamps
  • Power front Sport seats
  • 40/20/40 Split folding rear seats
  • Satin Aluminum line exterior trim
  • Navigation
  • Illuminated Berlin interior trim (Boston interior trim on M235i xDrive)
  • Dynamic Cruise Control
  • iDrive 6
  • Connected Package Plus
  • Apple CarPlay Compatibility with 1 year trial
  • Active Driving Assistant – Lane Departure Warning, Pedestrian Warning with Braking, Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Collision Preparation, Speed Limit Information.
  • BMW Assist eCall
  • BMW Remote Services
  • Storage Package

The M235i xDrive Gran Coupe model includes the following additional standard equipment:

  • 18-inch M Double-spoke bi-color wheels with all-season run-flat tires?
  • M Sport Brakes
  • M Sport Steering wheel
  • M Sport Steering
  • M Sport Suspension
  • Torsen front axle limited slip differential
  • Aerodynamic Kit
  • Shadowline exterior trim
  • Cerium Grey exterior finisher trim color
  • Ambient lighting
  • Illuminated Boston interior trim
  • Comfort Access Keyless entry
  • Lumbar support

Optional packages include:

  • Convenience Package (228i xDrive only) – Comfort Access keyless entry, Panoramic moonroof (or moonroof deletion), SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1 year All-Access Subscription.
  • M Sport Package (228i xDrive only) – Choice of: 18-inch M Double-spoke bi-color Style 819M wheels with all-season run-flat tires or 18-inch M Y-spoke Style 553M wheels with performance run-flat tires or 18-inch M Forged V-spoke Style 554M wheels with 19-inch M Double-spoke Style 552M wheels with performance non-run- flat tires, M Sport Steering, M Steering Wheel, M Sport Suspension, Aerodynamic Kit, Shadowline Exterior trim (black highgloss design details). The M Sport Package adds additional design features such as kidney struts in aluminum, door sill finishers featuring aluminum inserts with “M” designation, floor mat with “M” lettering, M footrest with metal insert, M pedals stainless steel look, BMW key with “M” lettering and a contrast stitching. The rear spoiler in body color.
  • Parking Assistance Package – Parking Assistant, Active Park Distance Control, Back- Up Assistant.
  • Premium Package – Heated Steering Wheel, Universal garage-door opener, Comfort Access keyless entry (std. on M235i xDrive), Panoramic sunroof (or sunroof deletion), Lumbar support (std. on M235i xDrive), Heated front seats, Adaptive Full LED lights, interior Ambient lighting (std. on M235i xDrive), Head-Up display, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1 year All-Access Subscription, Connected Package Pro (Remote Services, Concierge Services, Real Time Traffic Information, On-Street Parking Information, In- Car Experiences, Connected Teaser Package with 3 months: Connected Music, Microsoft Office 365), Connected Navigation and Live Cockpit Pro which includes 10.25-inch digital instrument display and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.
  • Dynamic Handling Package (228i xDrive only) – choice of 18-inch Y-Spoke bi-color Style 553M wheels with run-flat tires, 19-inch M Double-spoke bi-color Style 552M wheels with performance non-runflat tires, Dynamic Damper Control, M Sport Brakes, extended Shadowline exterior trim which adds high gloss black kidney frame and struts, tailpipe finishers and bumper details.
  • Shadow Line Package (M235i xDrive only) – Choice of: 18-inch Forged V-Spoke Style 554M wheels with all-season run-flat tires or 18-inch M bi-color Style 553 wheels with performance runflat tires or 18-inch M V-spoke Style 554M wheels with performance non-runflat tires or 19-inch M Double-spoke bi-color wheels with performance runflat tires, Dynamic Damper Control, Black Mirror caps, Extended Shadowline trim, M Performance Package (turbo overboost function).

Stand-alone options on the 2 Series Gran Coupe include:

  • Remote Engine Start
  • 17-inch Double-spoke bi-color Style 548 wheels with all-season runflat tires (228i
    xDrive only)
    17-inch Double-spoke bi-color Style 549 wheels with all-season runflat tires (228i xDrive only)
  • 17-inch Double-spoke bi-color Style 549 wheels with performance non-runflat tires (228i xDrive only)
  • 18-inch Multi-spoke bi-color Style 488 wheels with all-season runflat tires (228i xDrive only)
  • 18-inch M V-spoke Style 554M wheels with all-season runflat tires (M235i xDrive only)
  • 18-inch M V-spoke Style 554M wheels with performance non-runflat tires (M235i
    xDrive only)
  • 19-inch M Double-spoke bi-color Style 552M wheels with performance tires (M235i
    xDrive only)
  • 19-inch M Forged V-Spoke Style 557M wheels with performance non-runflat tires
  • Mobility Kit
  • Space-saver spare tire (228i xDrive only)
  • Panoramic moonroof
  • Lumbar support (std. on M235i xDrive)
  • Illuminated Brooklyn interior trim (M235i xDrive only)
  • Illuminated Boston interior trim (228i xDrive only)
  • Ambient interior lighting (std. on M235i xDrive)
  • M Sport seats for driver and front passenger (M235i xDrive only)
  • Extended Shadowline Trim (M235i xDrive only)
  • Harman-Kardon Surround Sound system
  • Wireless mobile device charging
  • Live Cockpit Pro – 10.25 inch digital and 10.25 center displays, Connected Navigation,
    BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.
  • Gesture Control
  • Heated Front Seats and Steering Wheel
  • Universal garage-door opener
  • Mirror Caps in Black (228i xDrive only)
  • Active Cruise Control

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Jalopnik first drive review: The M235i Gran Coupe is Actually a Blast to Drive


Originally Posted by AndroidRobot

Still not a proper BMW with a FWD based AWD sorry not sorry but this is junk regardless. If someone wanted that platform they could buy an Audi


AWDs are not proper bmws but they sell the most nowadays.

Time has moved on and so ….

Im happy to hear though expected as much, my X2m35i is a blast and im sure this will be too

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Future BMW model information


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Join Date: Jun 2010

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This post contains information about future production plans I’ve compiled from various leaks within the BMW organization. It is continuously updated: new research is added, and everything that becomes official is deleted.

Moderator: Items scheduled to happen in 2020 are highlighted in blue.


Can you guarantee that all of these models will come to market?
– No.

Can you tell me where you found this info?
– No.

Upcoming new models:

– These are just US market models, EU is simply too varied to type in all combinations.
– Model years marked with (?) are only best guesses.

2020 G01 X3
– xDrive30e

2021 G20 3er
– 330e
– 330e xDrive

2021 G30 5er and F90 M5 LCI
– All models available today will continue
– 545e xDrive will be added

2021 G05 X5
– xDrive45e

2021 G08 iX3
– sDrive75

2021 G22/G23 4er
– 430i
– 430i xDrive
– M440i
– M440i xDrive

2021 G80 M3

2021 G82 M4

2022 G42 2er

2023 G87 M2

EOP for current models:

F32 4er – 06/20
F82 M4 – 06/20 (M4 CS ends 02/20)
F33 4er – 08/20
F83 M4 – 08/20

F36 4GC – 06/21
F22 2er – 06/21
F87 M2 – 06/21
F23 2er – 10/21

G12 7er – 06/22
F48 X1 – 06/22

G30 5er – 10/23 (LCI SOP 07/20)

G31 5er – 02/24
F39 X2 – 02/24
G32 6GT – 06/24
G15 8er – 06/24

F40/F44 – 06/24

G14 8er – 10/24
G01 X3 – 10/24 (LCI SOP 07/21)

G16 8er – 02/25
G02 X4 – 06/25
G07 X7 – 07/25 (LCI SOP 08/22)
G29 Z4 – 10/25
G20 3er – 10/25 (LCI SOP 07/22)

G21 3er – 06/26
G05 X5 – 07/26
G06 X6 – 03/27 (LCI 04/23)

July 2018

  • Funny enough, F94 X7M was (is?) under consideration.
  • G24 (next 3GT) has been canceled. Good riddance.
  • G26 (next 4GC) will keep the hatchback. There are hints that it’s been delayed until 07/21.
  • At this time the only engine planned for the G42 (next 2er Coupe) is the B48.
  • I20 iNext will have at least two performance levels.

August 2018

  • EOP for F34 and F36 has been moved to 06/21. The former is likely to compensate for the cancellation of G24 and the latter should be seen as evidence of the next 4GC needing extra development time so it can become a more interesting (unusual?) car than its predecessor.

October 2018

  • The initial release of i4 will have an 80kWh battery and the choice of a single or dual motor drivetrain.
  • G80 M3 and G82 M4 Coupe currently have more variants than we’re used to seeing. First of all, it appears the manuals are still alive. However, there are hints that these cars will be available as both RWD and xDrive. For the first time in years, BMW is not going to force you into a car they think is best – they’ll let you choose. On top of that, there could be two different performance trims right out of the gate – you’ll get a Competition model that’s more different from the base M3/M4 than the old Competition Packages would provide.
  • On the other hand, G83 M4 Cabrio would have a more limited selection: a single model with the choice of transmission.
  • G42 will be produced from 08/21 to 03/29 and will possibly be made primarily or entirely in Mexico.

November 2018

  • BMW i4 is not going to be built from the ground up as a BEV. Instead, it will be one of the versions of G26, similar to the recently introduced iX3, though hopefully with better performance. It will start as a RWD or AWD with 80kWh battery. If you want a clean sheet BEV, you’ll have to wait for the I20. How closely the iNext concept reflects that future production car remains to be seen. Both i4 and I20 should be expected around 2021. In other words, I can confirm the AutoExpress report here: https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/bmw/10…stream-in-2021
  • G42 is confirmed to be built in Mexico.
  • G09 X8 exists outside car journos’ dreams.
  • The same i4 BEV drivetrain could also find its way into the Chinese 3er LWB (G28). I’m not seeing it in a regular G20 yet.

January 2019

  • Late arrival for the US 330e is confirmed: it won’t show up until at least a year from now.
  • There’s still no hint of an electric G20. It is highly probable that G26 will be the BEV model for the world and G28 – for China.
  • And that also means that G26 will be a true mix of 3GT and 4GC: long wheel base with a more streamlined hatchback body (which we’ve all just seen for the first time).
  • Build details for G80 M3 (not all of this is new, but I’m listing all info here for better readability)
    • Starts production in 2020 (more likely later in the year).
    • Standard equipment for all models will include M diff, adaptive suspension, M seats, Live dashboard.
    • Optional equipment will be pretty much the same as the regular G20, with the notable additions of carbon ceramic brakes (possibly not available on Pure), carbon bucket seats (likely not in the U.S.) and of course Merino leather, including full leather interiors.
    • See May 2019 comments for the items below.
      • Three performance levels: 444hp (Pure), 475hp (“base”), and 500hp (Competition).
      • Some versions will have RWD, others xDrive; both manual and automatic transmissions will be available. The reports that it will be Pure+manual+RWD, base+auto+xDrive, and Competition+auto+xDrive seem plausible but I don’t yet want to claim that no other combos will be available.
      • Pure and base will have 18″ front and 19″ rear wheels; Competition will have 19″/20″ as standard (optional on the other models).

March 2019

  • Potential models for G42 could include 220i, 220d, 220d xDrive, 230i, 230i xDrive, M240i, and M240i xDrive.
  • The next 5 series range currently consists of G60 sedan, G61 touring, and G68 LWB.
  • The next generation RR Ghost EWB will include an all-electric version.
  • The first 48V vehicle will be G30 520d, likely intro in 2020. This system will later expand to other G30/G31 models, and possibly even F90. The next likely candidate for 48V is G01/G02.
  • There will be two i4 models: i4 60 and i4 80. Both will be available with RWD or AWD.
  • First news about the next (G87) M2: production 12/2022-03/2029, likely in Mexico.
  • G01 X3 and G02 X4 will have their life extended to 10/24 and 06/25. It’s possible Spartanburg will not be the primary production plant for their successors.
  • Live Dash will be added to X3M/X4M starting April 2020 production [added May 2].

May 2019

  • US X5 xDrive45e has been delayed until 2020 (MY2021).
  • In 2020 the G30 LCI will be released. At that point all significant new technology will be already installed on the pre-LCI G30 models so the LCI is going to be almost entirely cosmetic. The only new additions I see are the spread of the same energy conserving tech to other models (by then, G30 won’t be unique at that) and Driving Assistant Pro (the functionality first released on G05 X5) – for some reason G30 seems to be last in the line of models getting that option.
  • I am withdrawing most of my forecasting on G8x M3/M4. It appears the lineup has been significantly reshuffled, with at least one version cancelled for production. Furthermore, I can’t figure out the new situation well enough to describe it in detail. Therefore, I can no longer guarantee neither RWD nor manual models. All I know is that there will be M3/M4 and M3/M4 Competition, and that there will be more separation between regular and Competition models than before. Everything else is a mystery to me now. BMW, you win a point here.

July 2019

  • A new model will be added to the G30 lineup at LCI: 545e xDrive. It will have the same drivetrain as the new 745e, slightly detuned to 375hp.
  • G22 is coming as expected in July 2020. It will mostly copy the G20 lineup, with one exception: RWD M440i seems unlikely. Don’t expect manuals in the U.S.
  • Mild hybrid tech I mentioned first in the May update will start expanding quickly next year (G22 will have it at intro, but it’ll find its way into G05, G07, probably others I simply haven’t noticed).
  • iX3 specs: G08 (Chinese X3), 75kWh battery and RWD (will be denoted in the model name as “sDrive75″), 300hp, produced in China for worldwide sales, including North America, SOP in 2020. One unique feature, besides the drivetrain, will be autonomous driving capability included as standard. In the U.S., it will additionally have as standard: 19” aero wheels, adaptive suspension. Most options will be familiar from the existing X3, with the notable addition of “BMW Iconic Sounds”.
  • For our European friends: BMW is overhauling its diesel engine lineup. It looks like the stronger regulatory attention to diesel emissions has made it impossible to continue with the regular B47/B57 engines. Expect them all to become hybrids pretty quickly, with first examples of the technology appearing within the next few months. This is also why M340d is going to be delayed (my best guess is July 2020 and definitely no sooner than March 2020).
  • Based on the analysis of the very limited information available to me, I’m leaning towards “no manuals” for G8x and _all_ (not just US) G22 models. This is not yet something you could take to the bank but my confidence is pretty high. Sorry.
  • Production end for F33 and F83 has been moved forward to 08/20.

August 2019

  • G22 is 100% confirmed to be automatic only in the US. The same is true for all non-US G22 models available at market intro (I’m leaving open the possibility of a later non-US model addition that would have a manual, but even that is unlikely in my opinion). Confirmed US models are 430i, 430i xDrive, and M440i xDrive. M440i (RWD) is also possible but not yet confirmed.
  • G26 will be the platform for both regular 4GC and i4. Preliminary US lineup: 430i, 430i xDrive, M440i xDrive, i4 60 sDrive, i4 80 sDrive80, i4 80 xDrive. Intro in 2021, both gas and electric version will likely be introduced simultaneously.
  • One more F87 M2 model is possible. Just looking at timing, it should be something very special, with a very short production run. And it will be US only.
  • My current understanding of the G80 situation (lots of it is educated guessing so don’t give it your full confidence please):
    Initially, BMW planned to offer three models, positioned at 450ps (Pure), 480ps (base), and 510ps (Competition) (note that I’m using metric horsepower just like Flasch did in his recent interview). Pure would be RWD only, while the other two models would offer a choice of RWD and AWD. Early this year, the decision was made to cut the configuration planned as the base model, and adjust “Pure” to take its place. This also involved bumping the output of Pure’s engine to 480ps but not changing the actual drivetrain configuration – it was just a DME tune. With that, we were left with the RWD only 480ps M3 and the 510ps M3 Competition and M3 Competition M xDrive (now say that 20 times). I haven’t found anything that would describe the interplay between manual vs auto and RWD vs AWD, but it is likely that automatics will be offered for all configurations, while manuals will only be available on the two RWD versions.
  • Everything that’s happening with G80 is also true for G82 but not G83. The latter will not offer as much choice, likely sticking to a single model.

September 2019

  • Some G80 details: Colors: Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Dravit Grey, Portimao Blue, Tanzanite Blue, Isle of Man Green, Sao Paolo Yellow, Toronto Red. Interiors: black, orange/black, blue/black (merino leather, partial or full). The M specific sport seats will be standard, but there will also be optional CF bucket seats (seen in the latest spy photo), available also in the U.S. Speaking of carbon fiber, there’ll be much more CF trim available without the need to go to the performance catalog.
  • Non-US news but interesting enough to post: BMW is readying a new version of F40 targeted squarely at Golf GTI. It’ll use the same engine as M135i but it will be detuned to 260hp and drive the front wheels. The current name for this model is “128ti”, but in all ways it’s going to be an M Performance model, with M aero bits, M sport brakes, sport suspension, special sport seats, and other goodies. Though still no manual transmission.
  • We should see the M5 CS in 2-3 years.
  • The next 8 cylinder M motor is going to be called S68. Most likely, it will be an evolution of S63, not something radically new. I would expect some electrification with the internal combustion side mostly staying the same. Maybe it will be the engine for M5 CS, maybe for something farther in the future – not sure yet.
  • The on-again off-again X1 M35i is on again.
  • The first M Performance PHEV vehicle is coming: M750Le xDrive.
  • BMW is planning to offer the largest battery among all BEVs on the market at 120kWh. It will go into the model that we haven’t seen yet, and I’m not yet going to speculate on the car itself.
  • G22 M440i RWD is now confirmed (something I wasn’t 100% sure about when I wrote my August update).
  • Fun new colors for G22/G23: San Remo Green, Arctic Race Blue.
  • US X1 xDrive28e has been cancelled.

November 2019

  • It is possible F40/F44 will have a shortened lifecycle of 5 years without LCI (like we saw with the previous X5). As a total speculation, I wonder if this is because the current platform is not suitable for a proper BEV (the platform sibling Cooper SE is ridiculously weak sauce for 2019, while U06 and derivatives will hopefully be much better in that regard).
  • The likely market model name for iNext is simply “iX”. The battery sizes are no longer used for model designation, instead we’ll have “xDrive40”, “xDrive50” and “M50 xDrive”.
  • X8 is shaping up to be a halo high performance SUV, with M45e as the entry level model.
  • A note for nomenclature nerds: the mild-hybrid diesels are no longer designated “Bx7” but instead are called “XD5”. 20d is XD5141O0, 40d is XD5151O0. The 5th position (“4” or “5”) and the 7th position (“O” or “T”) show which diesel engine is at the core of that drivetrain, so the former uses the B47O1, while the latter has B57T2 (T levels are not carried over).

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