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2020 BMW Model Year Changes


All of the BMW changes for the 2020 model year. So far: 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, 8 Series, M2, M4, M8, X1, X2, X3, X3 M, V4, X4 M, X5, X7 and Z4.

Edited 9/16/2019: Added M5, 8 Series, 6 Series (discontinued) and edited 5 Series to add 530e.

Edited 9/18/2019: Added X2, X3 and X4.

Edited 9/19/2019: Added X6.

Edited 10/16/2019: Added i3 and i8.

Edited 11/25/2019: Edited M2 adding M2 CS.

2 Series

2020 BMW 2 Series Coupe

Park Distance Control is now standard, with sonar that warns of obstructions at parking speeds in the front and the rear. Frontal Collision Warning and City Collision Mitigation (autonomous braking) are also now standard on 2 Series.

3 Series Sedan

2020 BMW 3 Series Sedan

The M340 version with the inline turbocharged 6-cylinder finally arrives, stuffed with 382 horsepower, getting close to previous M3 territory. Like the 330i, the M340i will only offer an 8-speed automatic and rear or xDrive all-wheel drive. No manual is on the table.

3 Series Gran Turismo

Gone for 2020.

3 Series Sports Wagon

Also gone. Will it return? With BMW adding even more sport utilities and crossovers and the popularity of wagons waning even in Europe, it's doubtful.

4 Series Convertible

2020 BMW 4 Series Convertible

The Active Driving Assistant package is now standard; it includes Daytime Pedestrian Protection (camera based warning and automatic braking for pedestrians), Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation (autonomous braking), Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and rear Cross Traffic Alert.

4 Series Coupe

2020 BMW 4 Series Coupe

The Active Driving Assistant package is now standard; it includes Daytime Pedestrian Protection (camera based warning and automatic braking for pedestrians), Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation (autonomous braking), Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and rear Cross Traffic Alert.

4 Series Gran Coupe

2020 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe

The Active Driving Assistant package is now standard; it includes Daytime Pedestrian Protection (camera based warning and automatic braking for pedestrians), Frontal Collision Warning with City Collision Mitigation (autonomous braking), Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, and rear Cross Traffic Alert.

5 Series

2020 BMW 5 Series Sedan

The M550i's 4.4 twin turbocharged V8 engine gets an upgrade, producing 523 horsepower now, up from 455 and 553 pound-feet of torque, up from only 480. Comfort Access keyless hands-free entry and driving is now standard on all models.

530e plug-in hybrid models get a 30% more powerful battery with longer electric-only range.

6 Series


7 Series

2020 BMW 7 Series European model courtesy BMW News

After four years, the 7 Series gets an extensive refresh for 2020. Front and rear bumpers, hood, headlights, taillights and front fenders are all redesigned. The grille has been enlarged to an almost ridiculous degree, in keeping with other recent BMWs.

All current models will return right away except the Alpina B7. The new Alpina will appear later, bearing a 205 MPH top speed.

The 740e plug-in hybrid becomes the 745e. The turbocharged 4-cylinder is replaced by the inline-six turbo and the entire conglomeration gets 67 extra horsepower, for 389 combined ponies and 442 pound-feet of torque. The 740i gets an upgrade, now boasting 335 horsepower (15 more), but carrying the same name. The 750i gets a substantial bump: 80 horsepower, now totaling 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, using an engine shared with the new M850i. The big-daddy M760i retains its 6.6-liter twin-turbocharged V12, which gets retuned for 37 pound-feet more torque at 627 total. The 750i is only available with xDrive all-wheel drive, now, as it was when this generation 7 Series was introduced in 2015, so the rear-wheel drive 750i may reappear.

The Parking Assistant is upgraded to "Plus" status, which means the driver no longer has to control the brakes, transmission and accelerator during automated parking. The system is now standard on all 7 Series as is the Surround View Cameras with a full overhead 360-degree view.

20-way power seats and memory for the front passenger seat are now standard, as are a heated steering wheel and wireless Qi standard charging.

8 Series

2020 BMW 840i Gran Coupe via BMW News

The new 8 Series line grows a lot for 2020, adding a new entry-level 840i turbocharged 6-cylinder model and a four-door "Gran Coupe" shown above. The Gran Coupe is a full, five passenger sedan, and it's arguable that it is the new flagship sedan of the lineup.

Remote start and heated steering wheel are now standard.


2020 BMW i3 Roadstyle Edition

A blacked out i3s with bronze swoop accent is called the is3 Roadstyle Edition. Only 900 will be made.

Park Distance Control, standard in the rear only, previously, is now standard on the front, too.


2020 BMW i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition

The i8 Ultimate Sophisto Edition wins the prize for "most bizarre and over-reaching name in a special edition with no real new content." Only 200 will be built, mostly because all the lettering on the badge will probably bankrupt BMW. BMW salespeople are expected to quit when telling customers the name of the new special edition, at which point it will be referred to as "that black one over there with the orange stuff on it."


2020 BMW M2 Competition

No changes to the M2 Competition. The price is even the same, but it is joined by a new variant: M2 CS.

2020 BMW M2 CS at 2019 LA Auto Show

Horsepower is up: 444, taken right from the M4 Competition. Carbon fiber is liberally sprinkled, including the roof, lowering the center of gravity. An adaptive suspension is fitted, allowing even stiffer damping when needed without rattling your bones the rest of the time. Like the Competition, the CS comes standard with a 6-speed manual and a 7-speed dual clutch is an option.


BMW M4 Coupe

No changes.


2020 BMW M5 35 Year Edition

A super limited—35 units in the U.S., 350 total—Edition 35 Year Package will entice those who keep their toys mint-in-a-much-larger-box. The Edition 35 Year M5 is based on the M5 Competition and includes both Executive and M Driver's packages as standard. The outside is only available in Frozen Dark Grey metallic with exclusive grey 20-inch wheels and high-gloss black brake calipers. Expect most of these to keep fewer miles on them than the total number of years BMW has been around.

Live Cockpit Professional, with its 12.3" horizontal display, replaces the smaller "Navigation Professional" display. Consequently, a CD player is no longer standard.


2020 BMW M8 Competition Convertible European model

A 600 horsepower 4.4 twin turbocharged V8 and an 8-speed automatic transmission power this new M8 through all four wheels. Huge standard and even huger carbon fiber optional brakes are in place for stops via a brake-by-wire system. Coupe versions get a full carbon fiber roof to lower the center of gravity and reduce weight. 

A Competition Package includes 17 extra horsepower, stiffer motor mounts, louder variable exhaust system, firmer suspension settings and a Track driving mode.


2020 BMW X1 courtesy BMW

The X1 receives refreshed new styling with revised bumpers, larger front grille (of course!), angular new lower air intakes and new rectangular LED fog lights to replace the conventional round ones. Inside a larger infotainment screen: 8.8 inches.


2020 BMW X2

The standard infotainment/navigation system gets a larger 8.8" screen.


2020 BMW X3

Navigation and cornering lights become standard.

X3 M

2020 BMW X3 M courtesy BMW News

The newest member of the M performance family is an X3 with a 473 horsepower twin-turbocharged inline 6-cylinder with 442 pound-feet of torque. The X3 M Competition ups the ante to 503 horsepower. Either way, huge 15.6-inch front and 14.6-inch rear brakes are vented and drilled for excellent stopping power.


2020 BMW X4

Comfort Access hands-free unlocking is now standard. CD player is no longer available.

X4 M

2020 BMW X4 M courtesy BMW News

The coupe-style X4 is also now available as an M. With the same 473 or 503-horsepower and big brakes as the X3 M, the X4 M just rolls it in a sportier package, although with a lot less cargo space.


2020 BMW X5

A new performance variant is available. With almost 70 more horsepower than the xDrive50i, the new X5 M50i is not exactly a full "M" model, but 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque is a nice upgrade. The performance variant also includes specific suspension tuning, a limited-slip M Sport differential that distributes power to help cornering and a mean exhaust system to make with the nice growly sounds. Launch control and shift paddles add to the fun. But don't think that a full X5 M won't eventually show up with even more power.

21 or 22-inch tires and M Sport brakes, already available on other models, will be included.

A rear-wheel drive 2WD version of the X5 sDrive40i is now offered.

Comfort Access is now standard, a hands-free system for unlocking and opening the rear tailgate without touching the keys.


2020 BMW X6 Courtesy BMWNews

An all-new BMW X6 rides on a longer wheelbase. Horsepower for both engine options bring new trim names: X5 s/xDrive35i becomes s/xDrive40i and gains 33 horsepower, for a total of 335 from the 3.0-liter turbo inline six-cylinder; The xDrive50i becomes the M50i and picks up 78 horsepower, now a 523-horsepower 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8.

While the wheelbase grows over an inch-and-a-half, and the overall length is up an inch, the height was reduced by close to an inch to improve aerodynamics; it doesn't hurt the rakish appearance, either. A light-up grille is a new feature. Taking advantage of the larger grilles in BMW products, the new option lights up the entire grille as part of the daytime running light system. The new light-up grille also flashes when locking or unlocking with the remote.

The progenitor of the Sport Utility Coupe, the X6 is now in its 3rd iteration. A class of one when it appeared, it now competes against the like of the Audi Q8 and the Mercedes GLE Coupe.


2020 BMW X7

The big family X7 gets an M50i variant just like the X5: growly exhaust, performance suspension, 21 or 22-inch wheels, launch control and 523 horsepower.


2020 BMW Z4

The mean, M40i six-cylinder turbocharged version with 382 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque becomes available. Also: a 6-speed manual transmission will be coming later on for the sDrive30i, turbocharged 4-cylinder model.


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