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BMW Expands M Lineup, All-Wheel Drive Confirmed

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/15/2015 Megan Stewart
2015 BMW M3© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 BMW M3

While not every model in the BMW lineup makes sense as an M car, the automaker has confirmed that a BMW M2 is on deck, with other models possibly following. During the 2015 Detroit auto show, BMW M boss Frank van Meel revealed plans for the future of the M lineup.

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As of right now, van Meel is happy with the current offerings of the BMW M3 and M4, as he believes they stand for what the M brand is all about. However, with the success of the X5 M, there may be a chance that the X3 and X4 will soon feature an M badge. "There might be a business opportunity with the X3/X4. We're continuing our success story with new versions of the X5 M and X6 M," van Meel said, reports Autocar.

Looking to the future of the performance brand, manual transmissions may be going to the wayside as demand for them has been declining. Some enthusiasts may throw their hands up at this, but sales for BMW models with manual transmissions have dropped, and if there is no demand for them in the future, they will be discontinued.

But new M models weren't the only big news announced during the show. BMW also confirmed the addition of four-wheel drive to the M cars--most likely on the new M5 and M6. However, van Meel was quick to say that the lineup would still hold a rear-wheel bias. Other big news came in the form of the BMW i lineup, and how there will be no M version. The only sharing that will occur between the M and i lineup will be in terms of technology.

Source: Autocar

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