BMW CEO reconfirms future FWD vehicle

News | March 17th, 2010 by 42
i car 500x3331 BMW CEO reconfirms future FWD vehicle

A report by Automotive News Europe confirms our previous statement: BMW will indeed build a new front-wheel entry-level vehicle. Confirmed today by BMW CEO, Dr. …

A report by Automotive News Europe confirms our previous statement: BMW will indeed build a new front-wheel entry-level vehicle.

Confirmed today by BMW CEO, Dr. Norbert Reithofer during the Annual Accounts Press Conference, the FWD vehicle and a four-wheel-drive vehicle architecture will underpin a new range of entry-level BMW cars as well as next-generation Mini models.

Klaus Draeger, Head of Research and Development, said that the new FWD vehicle will debut in 2014 with the arrival of the third-generation Mini hatchback. While not confirmed, we’re incline to believe that these new vehicles are tied to the previously confirmed MegaCity vehicle.

i car 500x3331 BMW CEO reconfirms future FWD vehicle

MegaCity Vehicle rendering illustrated above

Draeger said the new architecture will enable BMW to produce a range of vehicles that are between 3800mm and 4300mm long. This will put the new entry-level BMW in the same segment as the Volkswagen’s Fox, Polo, Golf, Beetle and Scirocco.

The new front-wheel-drive models will fit below the 1 Series models. While not officially confirmed, Automotive News quotes a source that mentions the new architecture will underpin up to 20 different BMW and MINI models.

The pressing question: Why a FWD BMW?

Reithofer said today: “We expect the premium small car segment to grow by 4-6 percent annually until 2020″. Also, by 2012, BMW will have to adhere the more strict emission regulations. Two valid reasons that influenced BMW decision to move forward with a front-wheel drive model.

With the previous rumors now confirmed in an official setup, we expect to learn more about the new architecture in the near future.

[Source: AutoNews ]

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