BMW’s Future: New 5-Series and X3 by 2011, redesigned 3-Series in 2012

The BMW 1-Series is finally coming to our highways. The baby BMW goes on sale in the United States in spring of 2008, with pricing to be announced closer to launch date. As BMW’s models get bigger and pricier, BMW hopes that the 1-Series will give frugal buyers a reason to get inside an Ultimate Driving Machine.

Another important model for BMW next year is the X6 Crossover. The X6 hopes to compete with Mercedes-Benz’s R-Class with an odd looking slanting roofline. But instead of designing it closer to minivan as Mercedes, BMW went the route of its SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle).

Click through to see BMW future lineup.

1-Series: US will be getting two variants of the BMW 1-Series Coupe including a 128i and the 135i. The 128i is powered by a 3.0 liter 6-cylinder engine producing 230 horsepower with 200 lb-ft of torque. The 135i has a 3.0 liter 6-clyinder twin-turbo engine that produces 300 horsepower with 300 lb-ft of torque. That gives the 135i the ability to do 0-62mph in 5.3 seconds with a top speed of 155mph. The BMW 1-Series Coupe goes on sale in the United States in spring of 2008.

3-Series: The 3 series will be redesigned in 2012.

5-Series: The 5 series received some high power engine upgrades this year. It will get a redesign in 2011.

6-Series: The facelifted 6-Series will make its official debut this month at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The criticized iDrive controller adds programmable memory keys. A redesign is in the works for 2010.

7-Series: The 2008 model won’t see any dramatic changes. The next 7-Series will adapt styling cues from the Concept CS due out in 2011.

Z8: BMW killed production of the Z8 in 2003. The automaker is rumored to be considering a range-topper sports cars.

Z4: No replacement in the works.

Z6: The BMW Z6 will succeed the BMW Z4 and will arrive in 2010 as a larger coupe and convertible which will be more expensive than the Z4. The car is said to be an Audi R8 rival.

Small crossover: So far called the X1, the smaller crossover will arrive in 2010. Development is still in the beginning stages.

X3: A redesign is will come in 2010.

X5: A facelift is planned for 2009 or 2010.

X6: The production version of the crossover is expected to debut in 2008, most likely at the Geneva motor show. The car will make its concept debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show next week. When the production hits dealerships, expect engine sizes to be similar to the BMW X5 with a 3.0 liter petrol and diesel, as well as a 4.8 liter V8 355 horsepower range topper. The car will go into production next year at BMW”s Spartanburg, South Carolina plant.


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