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2005-11-17 10:50

Artist's impression of new M3 which is due next year

The website claims that it is in possession of a document outlining BMW's planned new model introductions and revisions from 2005 to 2012.

According to this document BMW is to expand its line-up with several newcomers including a big MPV based on the next 7 Series.

The document refers to this large people carrier as the "space-functional concept". It will apparently be launched in the second half of 2008, shortly after the introduction of the new 7 Series.

Another exciting future BMW is the X6, also referred to as the X-Sport. This model is an SUV-like coupe and will share its genes with the next X5. It also seems as if BMW will launch the second generation X5 late next year.

BMW is also to ad more derivatives to its entry-level 1 Series range. In the middle of 2007 a three-door 1 Series will go on sale, while a roadster will join the 1 Series line-up in 2008. Other possible 1 Series models include a coupe and a touring, however, a final decision needs to be taken on these two cars.

Another possible project is the production of a 3 Series MPV, which could rival the Mercedes B-Class. Also detailed in the document is the introduction of the M3 due in the second half of next year.

There are also start-up dates for the 3 Series coupe and cabriolet models. The 3 Series coupe will debut early 2006, probably at the Detroit Motor Show, while the cabriolet will be launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

If the document can be believed BMW the successor to the 5 Series will break cover in 2010 and the new 6 Series will arrive in 2011.


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