Another new addition to the BMW family is the BMW 1 Series Gran Turismo. Built on the next generation 1 Series platform, the 1 GT is rumored to launch in 2012. While most of the details are sketchy at the moment, there are quite a few details that funneled through our inbox.
The BMW 1 Series GT uses a new modular platform available for all the upcoming 1 Series models. The backbone of these models was designed especially for this purpose so every model can have a variation backbone, simply be moving suspension points and firewalls to areas that will benefit each vehicle. Corroborated with more parts sharing, this new approach will allow BMW to reduce even more the production costs.
BMW 1 Series GT will be a 5-door vehicle, a mix between a hatch, wagon and sedan. 1 GT will be 2 inches (5cm) longer than the 3-door and 5-door models, but it will sport an unique front-end. To reflect the Gran Turismo design, the 1 GT will have an elevated driving position, as seen in the 5 Gran Turismo.
Inside, the 1 Series GT should provide an alternative between two individual rear seats separated by a central console or the classic rear seats setup.The French magazine continues to speculate that the car will be powered by a four-cylinder turbo engine, developing anywhere from 204 to 240 horsepower. The first GT models are rumored to carry the 123i GT and 125i GT naming convention.
Hybrid variants are strongly considered and the second stage of BMW’s EfficientDynamics program will bring new options and technologies which will be implemented across the whole 1 Series portfolio, and not only.
Based on some of these preliminary information, the German folks over at AutoBild sketched out a rendering of what the BMW 1 Series GT might look like.