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While Mercedes-Benz has been steadily re-integrating its four-seat coupes and cabrios into their corresponding sedan ranges, BMW is reportedly preparing to go the other way. Word from Car Magazine has it that the Bavarian automaker is preparing to launch the next-generation versions of its 1 Series and 3 Series coupes and convertibles as the 2 Series and 4 Series, respectively.

The move would correspond well to the 6 Series, the coupe and convertible that sits between the 5 Series and 7 Series sedans. It's not the first time BMW has considered such a move, having come close to spinning the two-door 3 Series into a 4 Series about a decade ago.

Audi recently completed a similar shift, replacing the A4 convertible with the A5. That model has since spawned a five-door Sportback, in whose company BMW may soon find itself with the 3 Series GT that may likewise be badged as a 4 Series.


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      Aussie Aspie
      • 3 Years Ago
      Talk's cheap. They've been saying this for years and guess what...still hasn't happened!
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      I miss the days when the badge on a BMW was related to the model range and engine: 528: 5 Series, 2.8 liter, 325: 3 series, 2.5 liter, and so on....
      Jonathan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mercedes already tried this with the CLK and CL names, didnt work. stop BMW
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      About as brilliant as "S drive" and "x drive badges. BMW is run by idiots.
      Mike McDonald
      • 3 Years Ago
      This means that there will never again be a BMW M3 coupe... kinda weird that it'll just be a sedan.
      MiguelAngel
      • 3 Years Ago
      So the 4 Series is going to compete with the A5? and the 2 series with the A3? BMW copying Audi?
      BimmerFerret
      • 3 Years Ago
      Okay so here is the new lineup (draws air in): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Series M3, M5, M6 X1, X3, X5, X6 X5M, X6M That doesn't even consider the possible 2 Series M or 4 Series M. Jeez.
      Carman
      • 3 Years Ago
      Big mistake. If companies have learned anything it's all about name recognition. The general public won't know squat of a 2-series or 4-series even it it a 3-series in disguise.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Didn't they say this about the E92 before it even debuted... and it still hasn't happened?
        Rotation
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dwight Bynum Jr.
        Yep. Between turning the M3 into a M4 and the undesirability of the number "4" in the Chinese market I don't see this happening. Just as it didn't before.
          mkM3
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Rotation
          A4 sells fine in china. They could simply call the car the "Series 4" instead of the "4 Series" as it will be known ROW, if the Chinese are averse to any name starting with "4".
      poopoohead100
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since we only get the 1 series coupe here, does that mean there won't be a 1 series in the States?
        mkM3
        • 3 Years Ago
        @poopoohead100
        Correct. (Assuming the naming changes are put into practice as rumored).
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      This rumor comes up every time there is a new 3 series on the horizon. Each time BMW has made the right decision to not rename the 3 series coupe.
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