BMW is planning a new naming scheme that will see the implementation of the 2- and 4-Series nameplates.

In an effort to better differentiate its lineup, BMW is said to be readying two new vehicle nameplates. Set to be affixed to coupe and convertible derivatives of the 1-Series and 3-Series, BMW will soon launch the 2-Series and 4-Series monikers.

We've heard rumblings of a BMW 2-Series and even an M2 model before, but were left guessing as to where the new models would fit into the automaker's lineup. Now, thanks to a report from CAR, we seem to have the answers.

Following in the footsteps of cross-town rival Audi, BMW is planning to differentiate its future four-door and two-door models with an incremental name change. Audi recently implemented a similar plan, offering the A4 sedan and wagon alongside the more expensive A5 coupe and convertible.

The next generation of the 1-Series hatchback - along with a rumored sedan model - will carry on with the 1-Series name, but coupe and convertible versions of the car will be known as the 2-Series. In fact, BMW has already trademarked the 228, 230, 235 and M2 tags.

The next 3-Series will follow suit, with coupe and convertible models to be sold under the 4-Series banner. However, the 3-Series will deviate slightly from the new scheme as a planned four-door coupe version of the car will also be sold as a 4-Series.

Coupe versions of the new 2- and 4-Series should arrive in 2013, followed by their convertible counterparts in 2014. The 4-Series four-door coupe is expected to appear in 2015.


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