At the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March BMW will take the covers off a whole new product range aimed at drivers who want the sporty feel of a dedicated M car but with the comfort, civility and practicality of a regular model.

That’s where BMW’s M Performance range will fit in and in Geneva we’ll get to see a host of regular BMW models offering exclusive M-tuned engines, handling packs, and stylish bodykits.

As BMW puts it, drivers will be able to enjoy the harmonious interplay of engine output, power transfer, chassis technology and aerodynamic balance afforded by “M genes,” but in something designed for day-to-day driving and beyond.

So what can we expect? Well, we’ve already had a taste of what’s to come with cars like the BMW Performance 1-Series Concept and 335i Performance Edition. Custom engine mods and exhaust systems, sporty bodykits, light alloy wheels and plenty of carbon fiber accessories are just some of the features that are expected to don the new BMW M Performance lineup.

However, as we’ve been reporting for the past several months, the new lineup will also offer high-performance all-wheel drive systems and diesel engines, something that would have seemed inconceivable from BMW M just a few short years ago.

Speaking at today’s announcement, BMW M boss Friedrich Nitschke announced plans for further additions to the new product lineup, referring to “a range including a wide variety of model series, as well as both petrol and diesel-engined variants”. He also said “the intelligent all-wheel drive system BMW xDrive would also play a significant role in the BMW M Performance automobiles”.

On top of all this, two of the highlights of BMW M’s Geneva Motor Show stand will be the new 2013 BMW M6 as well as special version of the X6 M, which will likely be fitted with a diesel engine.

Stay tuned for an update.