• Oct 25, 2010
Consider our fingers crossed. With all of the talk of front-wheel-drive BMW models coming down the pike, we simply assumed that the future of small German hatchbacks with roundels on the hood would be littered with soulless heaps. According to the sleuths over at Car and Driver, however, that's not the case. After discovering that BMW had filed for U.S. patents for the names 228, 230 and 235, someone at BMW let it slip that the new 2 Series would, in fact, send its power to the aft. But hold onto your teacups, kids, it gets better.
BMW has also filed for a patent for the M2 moniker.

Now, we know as well as anyone that a patent doth not a production vehicle make, but it's still exciting to know that BMW isn't walking away from the notion of a smallish, fun-to-drive model anytime soon. Supposedly the company is planning a rash of models positioned below the current 1 Series to help decrease its corporate average fuel economy, but the news of a rear-wheel drive model with an M badge on the back goes a long way toward salving any ails inflicted by the thought of a front-wheel-drive Bimmer.

[Source: Car and Driver]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      The 1 series and 3 series are already so close in price though, that I remember most auto journalists saying there's no point in getting a 1 series because the price is so close. Kind of makes it sound like the 1 series is for people who can just barely afford a bmw and want the badge. No offense to anyone who owns one, I'm sure it's a great car nonetheless.

      This kind of makes it seem like they're taking MB's route and going to make a car in hopes of fitting every single person. I feel like they already have enough variants, but I guess they don't have a cheaper big sedan like the 5 series.. yet..

      Anyway, it'd be neat if they could just focus on making their cars even better, seeing how the N54 had a huge design flaw and yet they're still using it. Then again, what do I know.. I don't run a huge auto company
        • 4 Years Ago
        More like MB is taking BMW and Audi's routes. MB has far fewer models than either, heck MB doesn't even have a small coupe in their whole lineup at the moment. It was BMW who started doing the micro-niche vehicle thing imo, and it's such a terrible direction for the company. All successful companies know their market and stick to it, but lately it seems every car company is trying to be all things for all people, which will never work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The current 1 series should become the 2 series, while the FWD sub-1 series ought to be the 1 series. As others have mentioned, the price gap between the current 1 and 3 series is a bit too close right now. If they keep the current price gap, renaming the 1 series to the 2 series makes sense.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW, please stop with all the different Series.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the 2 series will not be competing with the current 1 series, it will be replacing it. the new 1 series is something else all together. It would be a step up from mini.
        • 4 Years Ago
        They have totally diluted the brand. They are just riding on the respect they used to have in the 80s and 90s now. Isn't it something like 50% of BMW owners dont even know what RWD is?

        Someone at BMW really took to heart their class on market segmentation.

        Dont they realise that by making crap like the X3 and what not they are destroying their image.

        All the blue blood has run out of BMW.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually I would bet the 2 is simply a marketing ploy more than a name for a totally new model. BMW is selling the 1 series to a pretty clueless group of consumers (80% think the 1 series is FWD) so my bet is the 2 will be a real sporting, RWD car while BMW slots in a much cheaper, less driver oriented replacement for the current 1 series.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I can just imagine how an individual can't distinguish a rear wheel drive car from a front wheel drive car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Of course BMW will build a 2 series because BMW is an automotive whore wanting to be everything to everybody. I also hear rumors about a BWM washing machine, a BMW e-book reader, a BWM line of hard sour candy and (I don't know about this one) BWM brand premium toilet paper.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They can do this, but they can't continue building the R1200S, or K1200R-Sport motorcycles? Or build an R1200ST that isn't redundant with the RT, and isn't laughably ugly...

      Or re-mix all three of those into a new DOHC boxer-powered R1250RS with duolever front suspension, and optional luggage attachments, and optional lower fairings below the standard half fairing...

      Do they not already have enough different cars to try to sell?

      At this point, wouldln't buy a new or used BMW car, and although I like BMW bikes, they've cancelled the ones I liked, after just 1 or 2 model years. Barely even trying.

      The BMW 1 series isn't even a close consideration. Heavy weight, Expensive price, Small interior, and Ugly aesthetics. What is the upside of those four criteria? There are other RWD 6-cylinder options out there. I'd rather have an E46 coupe... but I don't want that kind of maintenance and upkeep costs. At least an oil/air-cooled, shaft-drive motorcycle is a relatively simple machine, by comparison.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Probably they should have a tie-up with Honda. Mercedes Benz already has with Nissan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      1 series, 2 series, 3 series ...... I am confused. What should I buy? There seems to be too much product overlap..... where is the product/price differentiation ?

      But then BMW also has a similar product range at the higher end like the 5 series, 6 series and then 7 series. This gives the richer customers a lot of choice. Customers that currently own a 5 series can 'upgrade' to something higher in the BMW range. To whatever he or she chooses. This doesn't steal any sales from the 5 series. They are using the sales of 5 series as a stepping stone into buying either a 6 or a 7 series.

      This is not true in the lower end of the segment (1,2,3 series). 1 & 2 series will surely steal some sales from their popular 3 series. If I buy a 1 series, I am going to be upset that it is not as practical as a 3 series, I am going to be upset that it is not as big as a 3 series coupe and I am going to be upset that it doesn't perform as well as the M3. So if I end up buying a 2 series, will I be more upset or less upset. Will I be convinced enough to upgrade to a 3 series from a 2 series ?


      Hmmmmm .... Is BMW going for the upgradability factor of the 2 series ? Will people buying the 2 series, have a better probability of upgrading to a 3 series?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It was so simple back in the 90's. Just 3,5, and 7 Series as the core cars along with 6 or 8 Series coupe and a couple of roadsters the Z3 and Z5. Now they seem to trying to enter as many categories as possible diluting the brand.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't really care about the 'first' number in the car. It's that 2nd and 3rd numbers that bother me.

      328 = 3.0 engine.
      335 = 3.0 engine.

      Yes I know one has a turbo, but the numbers are "meaningless" now. (that is unless I am missing something. I don't follow BMW that much)
      • 4 Years Ago
      they didn't file for patent. they filed for trademark protection.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hmm... i don't see how the 1 and 3 series need a model slotted between them.

      Maybe the 1 series is gonna turn into an econobox like the 318ti was? There were rumblings about a front wheel drive BMW a while ago, after all.

      Whatever happens.. if they come out with a 2 door hatch with a high tech 4 cylinder engine, i may give it a serious look.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No.. they were talking about making either a dedicated front wheel drive car, or a front wheel drive platform that the mini and a CMW both sit on.. FWD of course.

        Maybe it'll end up being the 0 series :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      Around the turn of the century, BMW was planning to use even numbers on coupe/convertibles and odd numbers on sedans/wagons. The did it with the coupe based on the 5-series (6-series) and the Z3 became the Z4. The 3-series coupe/convertible was to become the 4-series but that was scrapped due to the equity of the 3-series name. But it has continued with the X5/X6 (BMW calls the X6 a coupe). Most likely, the 2-series would replace the 1-series coupe/convertible.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Any guesses as to how much a 2 series will weigh? 3500? 3800? 2 series convertible over 4k?
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