Every upcoming BMW previewed
BMW is planning to introduce seven new models in the next two years, including four fully electric cars. Here's everything we know so far...
BMW is gearing up for a very busy few years, not only introducing updated versions of some of its existing models, but also ushering in a new wave of electric cars to compete with rival offerings from Audi, Mercedes and Volkswagen. This ambition is driven by the company’s target of having a quarter of its model range powered by electricity by the end of 2021, rising to half by 2030.
Whether you’re looking for an electric executive saloon or a luxurious SUV, then, chances are that one of BMW’s upcoming models will pique your interest. Below, we look at what’s coming and when.
BMW X2 facelift | Early 2021
The X2 is the smallest SUV-coupe BMW makes, and is aimed at buyers who want the space and practicality of an SUV but who don’t want the traditional boxy shape of such cars. For its 2021 facelift, the Mercedes GLA rival will gain styling tweaks to bring it more into line with the latest X1 family SUV and 1 Series family hatchback. Expect to see a larger kidney grille and new LED light designs at the very least.
Upgrades for the X2’s interior are set to focus around material quality, as well as software updates for BMW’s iDrive infotainment system.
This facelift is also expected to introduce a plug-in hybrid version of the X2, using the same 1.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor as the X1 plug-in hybrid. That car is able to travel for up to 31 miles on electric power alone.
BMW 4 Series Convertible | March 2021
This open-top version of the 4 Series will go on sale next March, with prices starting from £45,785. Engine options include two four-cylinder petrols producing up to 245bhp and a range-topping 374bhp six-cylinder petrol at launch, with a single 187bhp four-cylinder diesel engine joining the range next year to cater for high-mileage drivers.
The new convertible uses a fabric roof, departing from the hard-top roof of the previous model. It takes 18 seconds to open or close, and can be operated at up to 31mph.
Most BMW buyers opt for M-Sport trim, and with the 4 Series Convertible this trim is standard, so touches that include sporty 18in alloy wheels, front sports seats and a 10.25in infotainment touchscreen come as standard.
BMW iX3 | Summer 2021
The iX3 is BMW’s first electric SUV, and is priced from £61,900. A rival for the Audi E-tron and Mercedes EQC, it’s capable of travelling for up to 285 miles between charges. Power comes from a single 282bhp electric motor, which can propel the iX3 to 62mph in 6.8 seconds. Charging can take place at speeds of up to 150kW, with an 80% charge possible in just 34 minutes. Inside, you’ll find the same digital instrument cluster and iDrive infotainment system that we’ve praised in a number of other BMW models.
BMW X8 | Late 2021
You’d be forgiven for looking at the X8 and wondering whether the luxurious X7 wasn’t already big enough. Clearly BMW thinks there’s room above its existing luxury SUV, however, and the X8 is slated to go on sale late next year.
Inside, the X8 will offer either six or seven seats depending on specification, as well as a large central infotainment screen and digital instrument cluster.
The X8 will be offered with the same engines as the existing X7, but will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid. Expect the electrified version to offer at least 31 miles of electric range. At the top of the range will be a new X8 M performance model.
BMW iNext | Late 2021
The iNext is, for now at least, the largest and most luxurious electric SUV that BMW will offer. Previewed in concept form last year, early prototypes of the new model have already started testing, revealing proportions that make it a rival for the Audi E-tron and Jaguar I-Pace.
The iNext’s interior is highly futuristic, its most notable feature being a newly designed steering wheel which is designed to allow drivers to switch easily between regular and highly automated driving functions. The iNext is expected to be able to essentially drive itself on the motorway, taking care of its own acceleration, braking, lane position and steering.
The iNext is expected to use the same electric motor setup as the i4, including a variety of models offering both rear and four-wheel drive, single or dual electric motors and a range of up to 450 miles. Such a range would give the iNext the longest range of any electric vehicle.
BMW i4 | 2021
The i4 has the potential to be a big seller for BMW. That’s because it’s an all-electric saloon that will take on rivals including the Tesla Model 3 and upcoming Audi E-tron GT. Powered by a single electric motor producing up to 523bhp, the i4 is said to have a range of up to 373 miles in range-topping form. For reference, that’s more than 20 miles further than today’s Model 3 Long Range can manage.
Multiple versions of the i4 will eventually be offered, with buyers able to optimise their car for either range or performance. Both four-wheel and rear-wheel-drive versions will be offered too. Energy is stored in an 80kWh battery pack hidden underneath the floor. Buyers will be able to choose from three driving modes, dubbed Core, Sport and Efficient, which will alter the accelerator response, steering sensitivity and regenerative braking effect of the car.
Inside, you’ll find the latest version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, which in concept form features a huge digital instrument cluster and infotainment screen. Unlike most rivals, however, the i4’s setup can still be controlled by a rotary dial on the centre console, so it should be less distracting to use on the move than a purely touch-based setup.
BMW i7 | 2022
Luxury is the name of the game with the i7. Designed to take on rivals that include the Tesla Model S, as well as the upcoming Mercedes EQS and Jaguar XJ, the i7 is essentially a fully electric version of BMW’s 7 Series luxury saloon. The i7 is likely to use the same rear-mounted electric motor and 80kWh battery pack as the iX3 saloon. Expect the i7 to beat the 285-mile range of that car.
Inside, the i7 takes inspiration from the iNext SUV, with a prominent central infotainment screen and curved dashboard design that features a fully digital instrument cluster. Just like the iNext, too, the i7 is expected to feature advanced semi-autonomous driving functions that are designed to make driving on the motorway a lot easier by allowing the car to take over.
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