Is this good or bad news?
BMW currently has 10 M-flavored models in its portfolio, but that will change in the years to come as the company’s vice-president of sales and marketing for M models, Peter Quintus, has revealed plans for an M expansion. While details about which models are going to receive the treatment have not been released, Peter Quintus did hint the SUVs will be at the forefront of the M-ification.
“Quite clearly there is potential in the SUV segment, and you will see in the near future some more M models.”
He was likely referring to the X3 M, which has already been spotted tackling the Nürburgring. Chances are its coupe-ish sibling, the X4, will also get a high-powered M version further down the line. The regular third-generation X3 is expected to go on sale either by the end of 2017 or early 2018, with the M-flavored derivative slated to arrive probably by the end of 2018. We won’t be too surprised if the smaller X1 and the forthcoming X2 will spawn M versions as well at some point.
Quintus made it clear that BMW is not preparing an M onslaught as only models that are able to be competent track cars will receive M versions. He went on to specify the BMW M offerings won’t grow to be as big as Mercedes-AMG’s portfolio, mentioning there will not be an M model in each model range. Reading between the lines, it means the front-wheel-drive 2 Series Active Tourer and its larger seven-seat Gran Tourer counterpart won’t get fully-fledged M versions, a decision which makes perfect sense. That being said, both MPVs can be specified with an optional M Sport Package.
Additional warm M Performance models are on the agenda, but Quintus says BMW needs to work on communicating what these cars are about as he admits “M Performance has not been fully understood by the public – even our own customers.” The latest entry would have to be the M760i xDrive, which is actually the first 7 Series ever to receive an M Performance version.