2020 BMW Models: What to Expect
2020 BMW Models: What to Expect
Posted on December 3, 2019
Depending on who's counting and how they differentiate models, it could be said that BMW produces thirty-three different "Ultimate Driving Machines" for the 2020 model year. They manufacture ten SAVs (A.K.A. SUVs), six sedans, ten coupes, and seven convertibles.
While many of the models fall under the same banner - the 2 Series, 4 Series, 8 Series, M4, and M8 convertibles come from coupes of the same name, for example - each model that BMW manufactures has their own distinct personality. Within each series, they also makes several unique models. For 2020, BMW also adds two performance hybrid plug-in models - the BMW i8 Coupe and the BMW i8 Roadster.
Here's a rundown on what's happening with BMW for the 2020 model year.
2020 BMW Model Lineup
BMW calls its line of SUVs - Sports Activity Vehicles. They offer SAVs in every class from the small X1 to the large X7. Four models - X1, X3, X5, and X7 - feature traditional SUV styling. The X4 and X6 lines boast sportier crossover styling and also come in upgraded M line versions, which BMW calls Sports Activity Coupes. BMW offers two engines on their SAVs, (model and trim dependant), a 2.0-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder, or a 3.0-litre BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engine. Drivetrains (also model and trim dependant) include front-wheel, rear-wheel, and BMW's xDrive, intelligent all-wheel drive.
BMW makes five sedan series for 2020 - 3 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, the M5 sedan, and the electric BMW i3 available with an optional range extender. As with all BMW naming conventions, the higher the series number, the larger and more expensive the vehicle, with the M line sitting at the top. BMW also makes several models within each series. Sedans come with the same power and drivetrain offerings as their SAV cousins. BMW i3 models pack traditional BMW luxury and performance into a fully electric compact sedan.
Things get even a little more complicated with the BMW line of coupes. Models include the 2 Series, 4 Series, 4 Series Gran Coupe, 8 Series, 8 Series Gran Coupe, M2 Competition Coupe, M4, M8, M8 Gran Coupe, M8 Competition Coupe, and the BMW i8 electric sports car. M8 models come with a 4.4-litre BMW M TwinPower Turbo V-8 and the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system with rear-wheel drive capability. All other coupe editions come with either the 2.0-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 4-cylinder, or the 3.0-litre BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo inline 6-cylinder engines previously mentioned. All BMW coupes also come in convertible editions.
The BMW i8 Coupe and i8 Roadster models offer sports-car styling and performance in a plug-in hybrid vehicle. The i8 uses an AC Synchronous Electric Motor paired with an 11.6 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 1.5 litre BMW TwinPower Turbo 3-cylinder gas engine. With a total output of 369-horsepower, the i8 goes from 0 to 100 kilometres in just 4.2 seconds. The i8's battery takes only about three hours to charge fully. Both models come with BMW's xDrive, intelligent all-wheel-drive system.
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