BMW Series, Models & Naming Conventions

2016 BMW 7-Series Sedan

Explore the Lineup of New BMW Cars, Crossovers, SUVs and BMW iPerformance Plug-in Hybrid or Electric Vehicles at Patrick BMW

Here at Patrick BMW, we've made it our mission to make your driving dreams become a reality. We achieve that goal by offering a vast selection of luxury and high-performance vehicles at our BMW dealership serving Chicagoland!

We invite you stop by our Schaumburg, IL showroom to browse our stunning inventory of new BMW cars, crossovers and SUVs. While you're here, we'll get you set-up for a test drive in a BMW 2 Series, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series, M3, M5, X1, X5, i3, i8 any other suitable model!  

Get behind the wheel of a new BMW vehicle to understand how the German automaker has established itself as the premiere automaker for luxury, performance and high-end amenities. After all, that's how BMW has earned the right to be called the "Ultimate Driving Machine."

Of course, all BMW vehicles blend statement making style with a vast array of high-tech safety and entertainment options. That way, a new BMW car will help you make the most of your daily driving experience throughout Chicagoland! Keep in mind that nearly all vehicles are offered with BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system that provides surefooted and confident performance in adverse driving conditions.

With so many exceptional choices, it's difficult to determine the best BMW vehicle for your personal driving preferences and budget. That's why we've broken down the best qualities of each BMW model below. We understand the BMW styles, series, models, and naming conventions can be confusing. That's why we created this page to answer some of those common questions, like; which BMW model is right for me, what is the difference between each BMW series, what models are in the BMW series, and what are the current BMW models. Just keep reading to select the best luxury or high-performance car, crossover or SUV for you!

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BMW 2 Series

Are you looking for a luxury car that blends performance and comfort into a stylish model? Then, the BMW 2 Series might be the car that you've been hoping to find!

The BMW 228i is a favorite among our customers equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that allows the two-door car coupe or convertible to display thrilling driving dynamic in all road conditions. You can also upgrade to a more powerful turbocharged six-cylinder engine in the performance-oriented M235i.

Needless to say, the 2 Series provides a luxurious ride in its modern and refined interior cabin. The two-door coupe satisfied all of your driving needs with a vast array of next-gen tech features with a standard touchscreen infotainment system while parallel park assist and lane departure warning are optional!

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BMW 3 Series

The BMW 3 Series is proof that you don't have to spend a ton of money to drive a luxury car throughout the Chicago area. Despite its entry-level pricing, the 3 Series still offers all the expected qualities of a new BMW car to drivers like you!

Since its introduction in the 1970s, the BMW 3 Series has stood out as the sports sedan by which all others are judged. And, that's destined to remain the case for many years to come!

Available in a sedan, sports wagon or Gran Turismo, the BMW 3 Series stands out from the competition by merging style, capability and comfort into a modernized luxury car. The sports sedan is offered in numerous trim levels, ranging from the base 320i to the diesel-powered 328d to a new plug-in hybrid 330e. That way, there's a perfect 3 Series model for all type of drivers from performance enthusiasts to commuters looking for a luxurious driving experience.

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BMW 4 Series

Replacing the BMW 3 Series Coupe, the 4 Series is a high-style two-door version of the 3 Series sedan. Available in a four-door Gran Coupe, the 4 Series blends heart-racing power and performance with an impeccably designed, tech-focused interior cabin. There's simply no denying that the BMW 4 Series will turn a few heads during your daily drive around Chicago.

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BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5 Series has long been the standard-bearer for mid-size luxury sedans and that's easy to understand given its dizzying array of superlative qualities. The BMW 5 Series is offered in sedan, touring and Gran Turismo hatchback body style while its available trim levels range from high-performance to hybrid.

We know that you'll love every moment spent behind the wheel of your 5 Series, whether you choose the BMW 528i xDrive, 550i, or any of the models in between. You'll find that the 5 Series' refined interior is outfitted with high-end materials and innovative technology features to turn your vehicle into a mobile office.

The 5 Series is also designed for your safety with driver assistance options such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and pedestrian detection with automatic braking. Those features helped the 5 Series earn an IIHS "Superior" rating in front crash prevention.

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BMW 6 Series

The BMW 6 Series is a brilliant marriage between style and substance to take your driving experience to another level. The 6 Series displays an aura of quiet confidence with its sophisticated styling and sporty demeanor, offering coupe, gran coupe and convertible bodystyles.

Under the hood, the 6 Series is equipped with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine while a twin-turbo V8 is available in the 650i, M6 and Alpina B6 trim levels. You'll quickly discover that the 6 Series delivers swift acceleration, poised handling and corner-cutting capability.

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BMW 7 Series

As BMW's flagship luxury sedan, the 7 Series represents the height of luxury for drivers throughout Hoffman Estates, Aurora, Schaumburg and the entire Chicago area. We know that the 7 Series is truly everything a luxury sedan should aspire to be!

Re-designed for 2016, the 7 series displays BMW's superior craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail. Available in 740i or 750i trim levels, the 7 Series is a luxury cruiser that's available with a turbocharged V6 or twin-turbo V8 engine.

The 7 Series also features an opulent, futuristic interior that's designed for your safety, comfort and convenience on the go. The 7 Series also features all of the latest tech gadgets such as a infotainment system with gesture control, a smart key with a built-in touchscreen and a night vision camera!

You'll have the chance to experience true luxury when you drive a BMW 7 Series.

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BMW X Series

Also known as "Sport Activity Vehicles," the X Series represents BWM's fleet of crossovers and SUVs. Ranging in size from an X1 to X5, these luxury SUVs blend family focused qualities with dynamic performance and a stunning collection of comfort and convenience features.

Select an X Series vehicle to enjoy the versatility and rugged nature of an SUV with the luxury of a new BMW model. Whether you're exploring new roads, carpooling or commuting, a BMW X Series model is the perfect choice for all of your driving needs!

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BMW X Series Body Styles: Which of These Unique Model Options Will Be Best for You?

As one of the more extensive series lineups--if not the most extensive--the BMW X Series selection of Sports Activity Vehicles offers nearly twenty available model options, with dozens of available configurations. For drivers in Schaumburg and Chicago who are new to the BMW lineup, or long-time fans who are just breaking into the luxury SUV segment, it can be difficult to wade through the multitude of choices when it comes to buying a new crossover. However, with so many options, there's a BMW right for you, and you'll find these options far exceed competitors when it comes to features and capability, like for example when you compare the BMW X3 to the Audi Q5.

With a range that offers everything from the compact and practical BMW X1 all the way up to the stunning and spacious BMW X5, the X Series lineup is packed with opportunity to find the perfect new SUV for your unique needs. Every model Understanding the differences between body styles, sized, and vehicle dimensions will help you to decide which BMW X Series SUV is going to be the right fit.

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  • BMW X1 Inventory: the smallest SUV in the lineup, the X2 is a compact crossover that boasts best-in-class performance, class-leading headroom, and up to 58.7 cubic feet of available cargo space
  • BMW X3 Inventory: slightly larger than the X1 and with a more athletic build, the midsize X3 SAV offers dynamic handling, practical utility, and up to 63.3 cubic feet of available cargo space
  • BMW X4 Inventory:  with its exquisite coupe-like design, the X4 brings a bold spice of exhilaration to the conventional crossover market; it also offers best-in-class acceleration and a surprising 49.4 cubic feet of available cargo space
  • BMW X5 Inventory: the largest SUV in the lineup, the X5 is a family-friendly midsize SUV, with seating for up to seven, advanced luxury features and options, and a staggering 66 cubic feet of available cargo space
  • BMW X6 Inventory: boasting a fastback design similar to the sporty X4, the BMW X6 offers head-turning allure, breathtaking performance, and up to 59.7 cubic feet of interior space; it's the perfect marriage of sport utility and luxury sports car style

Still not sure which X Series model is going to be your dream car? Visit Patrick BMW in Schaumburg to browse the showroom, compare new inventory, and take a test drive. Or two. Or three.

BMW M Series

If you crave power and performance, then a BMW M Series is truly the best choice for you! You'll have no trouble conquering the open road behind the wheel of an M Series model that's available in a coupe, sedan, convertible and SUV body styles!

Put the pedal to the metal and you'll soon discover how the BMW M3 and M5 have become legendary names in the world of performance cars. Recent additions the performance lineup include the M2, M4, M6, X5 M and X6 M!

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BMW Z4 Series

The BMW Z models are classically styled roadsters.  In their current Z4 generation, the powerful engine is the heart of the design, and for those who truly delight in driving, this car delivers on superior BMW handling for the best speed and control on straightaways and in the corners.

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BMW Hybrid Cars & Electric Vehicles (including BMW i Series)

The i Series is a testament to BMW's unrivaled commitment to sustainable mobility. The BMW i3 and i8 are electric vehicles that offer emissions-free driving without sacrificing performance or luxury. It's for that reason, the BMW i8 deserves to be recognized as the most progressive sports car on the road today! In addition to these electric cars, BMW has also made some of it's most popular models a little more environmentally friendly by creating hybrid versions, including the BMW ActiveHybrid 5.

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2016 BMW i3 Hatchback Electric Car

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Understanding Other BMW Naming Conventions

Numbering Within the Series

  • The numbers following the series number (ex: the "20" in BMW 320i) generally show the performance of the engine with a higher number reflecting more power. These numbers usually refer to the displacement size of the engine, however this is not always so strict or cut and dry anymore.

Gas, Diesel & Hybrid Designations

  • Gasoline: Gas fueled cars are designated an "i" after the number of the vehicle, the "i" stands for fuel-injected.
  • Diesel: Models that run on diesel are noted with a "d" after their vehicle number.
  • Hybrid: ActiveHybrid refers to hybrid cars.
  • Plug-In Hybrid refers hybrid electric vehicle whose battery can be recharged by plugging it into an external source of electric power, as well by its on-board engine and generator

Drive Train

  • sDrive: two wheel, rear wheel drive.
  • xDrive: four wheel drive.

BMW Specific Vehicle Types

  • Gran Coupe: A four door version of a coupe. These cars retain the sporty coupe styling and curves, but have four doors like a sedan.
  • Gran Turismo: A four door sedan with a wagon-like trunk and higher driving position.
  • Saloon: Another term for sedan.
  • Estate: A station wagon, which is a sedan with its roof extended over a shared passenger/cargo area accessible via a fifth tailgate door instead of a trunk.
  • Touring: A wagon body shape.

About Our Chicagoland BMW Dealership

We hope you found this page helpful for navigating the large variety of available BMW models. As you can see, we have a simply stunning fleet of new vehicles available for Illinois drivers. We're proud to offer top-quality luxury vehicles to drivers throughout Chicagoland. Find the car of your dreams when you visit Patrick BMW in Schaumburg, IL to get going on a test drive today!