What the Munich automaker plans for 2022

What the Munich automaker plans for 2022


On average, a prototype cycle in the automotive industry takes seven years. Except for the flagship BMW, the seven. After 45 years, the seventh generation has now arrived. And number seven should set standards again, not only in sections, but for all classes. The Munich automaker has put a lot of effort into this, in all disciplines, from the inspiration to the digital system.

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The seventh series, known locally as the G70, will launch in November and will also be available in an all-electric i7 version for the first time. Unlike Mercedes, which bases its EQS on a special electronic architecture (EVA2), BMW’s developers chose a multi-purpose platform (CLAR-WE) and let the i7 leave the assembly line with the same form and combustion. and plug-in hybrid variants. There are only marginal differences in a few decorative elements. The i7 will be followed by two hybrids in the spring of 2023, a diesel and later in the year an M version of the i7.

The BMW 7 Series will also be available for the first time in an all-electric i7 version.

X1 – small, electric SUV

China and the US are the most important markets. The structural arrangement was equally strong. The Seven is larger than before at 5.40 meters, the version with a shorter wheelbase has been deleted, with six and eight-cylinder petrol engines for Europe.

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The second major novel launch this year is called X1. As with the Seven, customers also have the option of choosing a battery electric drive for the first time, even in the smallest SUV range in the Group.

New cockpit for the three models

The iX1 model is considered a successor to the i3, which will be discontinued in the summer, but without achieving its iconic and avant-garde appearance. But sales strategists expect iX1 – because the standard design – higher sales figures than the polarizing i3, which reached a quarter of a million copies in almost nine years – but it has what it takes to be an icon.

The facelift, called LCI (Life Cycle Inspiration), is still waiting for three rows in 2022. On the outside, it remains retouched at the front and back. But BMW spent a lot of money on the new cockpit. As happened with the X7, the three models will also have a curved display. The same may happen with the X5 and X6 models, as well as the M derivatives, which LCI is scheduled for 2023. By the way, the executive subsidiary of M GmbH is celebrating its 50th birthday this year.

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As happened with the X7, the three models will also have a curved display.

As happened with the X7, the three models will also have a curved display.

You give yourself a gift, first in the form of the 750 hp plug-in SUV XM (but not until 2023) and second in the form of the M4 CSL. A similar lightweight coupé (E46 series) was already available from 2003 to 2004, then still under the M3 CSL name. In 2023, the “concentrated origin” of all the genes of the sports brand will follow: M2. Compact power coupé once again has the architecture of the M3, drives with in-line six cylinders and rear wheel drive. The last of its kind. With something as tasty as this you keep your fans loyal.

Sixth Gran Turismo without a successor

The fifth series will not be quite seven years old when it will give way to the next generation – at the same time number eight – in autumn 2023. Like the seven, it is still based on the more developed CLAR platform, which gives the buyer what is known as “Power of Choice” (BMW term) – meaning he has a choice between a combustion engine and a plug-in. hybrid and fully electric car. The latter carries the model name i5 in five rows. I5 Touring is also installed.

After all, you don’t want to leave Audi alone in the field with the A6 e-tron Avant. The fact that manufacturers are eager to put the powerful M version of the i5 on the road is perhaps one of the most logical processes in BMW’s electric strategy. However, it also demands sacrifice. One of them is a highly functional version of the five-seater hatchback, called the six-seater Gran Turismo. Apparently, the model will not receive a successor.

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