BMW has trademarked the BMW 2 Series, X2, X4, M7, and, curiously, M10 among a raft of new names joining last year's acquisition of the BMW M2 moniker.
While the registration of a trademark is no guarantee of future production models, it does provide hints toward the brand's upcoming direction.
Some are much more likely than others, though, with the 2 Series, as previously reported by CarAdvice, set to be attached to the next-generation BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible.
The BMW X2 and BMW X4 are logical, too, with the German car maker keen to expand its SUV range, and already confirming they will build a BMW X4 that will be to the X3 what the coupe-like X6 is to the X5.
BMW's M performance division has yet to apply its talents to the 7-Series limo, though the registration of ‘M7’ will increase rumours that could change for the next generation to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S63 AMG and upcoming Audi S8.
The possibility of a BMW M10 has led some to suggest a new supercar for the brand, but at this stage this is merely speculation with the upcoming turbocharged inline six-cylinder BMW M3 and new BMW M5 remaining the marque's top performance models.
Recent BMW Trademarks:
M1, M2, M7, M10
2 Series Active Tourer
M35, M40, M55, M300, M350, M400, M500
M130, M135, M140, M230, M235, M240, M330, M335, M340, M430, M435, M440, M450, M550, M650, M750
Compactive, Compactive Tourer, Gran Tourer, Urbanic
E1, E2, E3, E4, E5, E6, E7, E8, E9
i1, i2, i3, i4, i5, i6, i7, i8, i9
GC, Gran Coupe, BMW Gran Coupe, 6er Gran Coupe
SportMode, CoolMode, Air Collar, BMW Turbotec, Drive eCharged, LifeDrive, i Pedelec
Corniche, Shadow, Wraith, Cloud, Dawn (Likely to be related to the BMW-owned Rolls Royce)