First BMW 1-Series FWD said to debut at 2012 Paris Motor Show

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It’s a truly sad day for luxury automobiles as reports are swirling that BMW is preparing to bring its first front-wheel drive sedan to the upcoming 2012 Paris Auto Show in September.

This will be a big departure from BMW’s long-history of creating RWD sports cars, muscles cars, and luxury sedans, however we shouldn’t be surprised by the news as reports of BMW developing a FWD car have been around for the better part of two years.

Back in 2010, we reported on the possibility that BMW and Peugeot would be teaming up to create a front-wheel drive hybrid car while the possibility of a small FWD vehicle for the U.S. market has been believed to be in the pipes for years now.

This time however, Autocar is reporting that a new concept car will be heading to the Paris Motor Show reportedly dubbed the 1 Series GT said to be hitting the production line sometime in 2014. It should be built on the same platform said to be used in future Mini’s.

The stand out feature of the new 1 Series GT should be its new 1.5-liter, three-cylinder fuel efficient engine.

However, based on the fact that FWD BMW’s have been speculated numerous times in the past few years, we wouldn’t be surprised if this was just another report thought up by a keyboard warrior in some secluded country far, far away.

What do you think? Will BMW really debut a front-wheel drive 1 Series in September, and if they do, will it be successful?


Source: Autocar

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  (1) posted on 06.13.2012

It is a disappointment, but it would still sell because I’d say there are enough out there to not notice whether it would be front or rear wheel drive, and the front wheel drive would probably save gas/weight, which would be more enticing.

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