It’s unusual when we see a full leak of a single model from BMW. It’s shocking to see three in one week. That’s what happened this past week with three new models getting leaked across social media. First it was the 2 Series Coupe which many had initially mistaken for an updated 1 Series hatch. Then the all electric iX3 appeared with a look that almost perfectly mirrored the initial concept shown a few years ago. Finally there was the 5 Series LCI which gives us a look at how BMW will evolve the bread and butter of its range with more taunt lines and an angular face.
The all new 2022 2 Series design looks to be more angular and almost exaggerated in many design elements. While it’s hard to just change off of just these two photos its clear that BMW is moving the rear wheel drive 2 Series closer to the recently launched front wheel drive 1 Series hatch and four door 2 Series Gran Coupe. Look for the new 2 Series to launch with a 230i four cylinder and M240i turbo six cylinder. Ultimately those two will be joined by what might be the last ever pure petrol powered M2 (complete with manual transmission).
In a surprise move the US built BMW iX3 won’t be coming to the US market. That aside what you see above is still an important milestone for the brand as it’s the first ever fully electric crossover from BMW.
The BMW iX3 production will commence in 2020 and is intended as a bit of a stop-gap as the brand readies the iNEXT – a purpose built electric crossover destined for a 2022 launch. Look for the iX3 to achieve 273.4 miles (preliminary figure) within the legislative WLTP test cycle with a net-battery size of 74 kWh*. Look for the debut later this spring.
Finally we got an early look at the 2021 BMW 5 Series LCI. From what we can tell BMW has sharpened the exterior design front and back with new headlights being the most visible change. The M Sport hybrid you see above also features new wheels and trim details.
We expect the market launch to be later this summer with cars hitting showrooms by the end of the year.