Originally Posted by GregW / Oregon
As others have said, I doubt VERY much this will be the case. It will remain a 2010, like the E46, and be informally called a 2010.5. I would lay money on this.
Are you basing this solely on what happened to the E46, or are there other examples? Perhaps BMW found it a huge hassle having a 2010.5 and have learned from their mistakes, with just enough cosmetic changes / parts to justify a new model year.