• BMW prepares future crossovers and sports cars based on the 1-Series compact platform

Besides the recent flood at Top Speed headquarters that showed just how far BMW owners will go for their cars, there was another flood on the internet. The internet rumor mill was discussing the future of BMW’s small car lineup. The 1-Series is now available in standard trim, as a cabriolet, an Active Hybrid, Sporthatch and SuperSports; offering something for every new car buyer, no matter what their motoring preference. That is not all, the German automaker will use their new compact platform to produce a series of new sports cars and crossovers. The new model lineup will consist of the BMW Z2 coupe, BMW X1 and X2, BMW 1-Series Gran Turismo and the BMW Y1.

We have all heard the rumors about BMW’s Z2, and the “X” clearly states what the X1 and X2 will be all about, but the big question is “Y”? This next generation 1-Series is said to “be the hybrid of an X with the aura of a Z model. [The Y] will be a two seater model, with the interior featuring materials such as neoprene and synthetic shark skin." BMW will have to come up with a pretty futuristic vehicle to match the name they have chosen for this unknown machine that will combine the usefulness of a crossover with the sporty soul of the roadster.


Source: 1addicts

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  (289) posted on 06.9.2009

It seems to me that BMW is cutting the sizes of its line up. From crossover SUV to this cabriolet. Can they not think more creative than that?

  (314) posted on 06.9.2009

I agree, smart move here from BMW. A smaller roadster should fit nicely into the American landscape.

  (318) posted on 06.9.2009

This is my verdict to this plan. So long as BMW is contemplating slapping M badges on their SUV’s, keeping it off of their other vehicles is a good idea.
Don’t get me wrong, I fully believe in the concept of a high performance SUV. I just think it should fall along the lines of: Ram Power Wagon, Rubicon, Alpha, Defender, TRD, etc.

  (421) posted on 06.9.2009

Techinically I like the current 7, 5 and 3 exteriors... but the interiors are a let down. While the new 7 has a cool interior the exterior is kinda lame... this car on the other hand looks awsome inside and out, hope they dont change the shapes too much for production.

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