2012 BMW 1-Series Convertible renderingEnlarge Photo
BMW has already confirmed it’s working on a new front-wheel drive model to slot in below its current 1-Series and compete with the likes of the Audi A1 and next-generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class. But BMW has a problem on its hands: if it continues its current naming convention the new model would have to be called the 0-Series, something that’s unlikely to occur.
Instead, BMW may rebadge the successor of the current 1-Series a 2-Series, freeing up the 1-Series badge for the new front-wheel-drive model. Of course, this is only conjecture but there are some vital clues that strongly suggest such a possibility.
Just this month BMW filed U.S. trademark applications for 228, 230, and 235—the same engine designations as the current 1-Series range. And to add further fuel to the speculation fire, back in June BMW also trademarked the M2 moniker.
The change could come as early as the middle of next year when the current 1-Series Coupe and Convertible are expected to undergo a heavy facelift. Further down the track there could even by hybrid variants of BMW’s future front-wheel-drive models as the automaker just this month also announced an agreement with France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen group to develop new hybrid technology for front-wheel drive cars.
Pictured above is a computer-generated rendering of the next-generation BMW 1-Series Convertible, which if the rumors prove true could be called a 2-Series Convertible.