New info on BMW’s front-wheel drive vehicles

Rumors | January 25th, 2012 by 11
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BMW’s first front-wheel drive vehicles are coming back to focus. UK magazine Autocar reports that the front-wheel drive vehicles are now entering their final twelve …

BMW’s first front-wheel drive vehicles are coming back to focus. UK magazine Autocar reports that the front-wheel drive vehicles are now entering their final twelve months of testing with the world premiere taking place at the end of 2012.

The 1 Series front-wheel drive models are based on the all-new front-wheel drive platform and will take advantage of BMW’s new three-cylinder 1.5 liter turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. The Munich-based automaker will also offer an xDrive version.

The N37 power unit will deliver at least 160 horsepower and 95 g/km CO2 rating for diesel units. The high-end 1 Series with front-wheel drivetrain will be powered by a TwinPower engine with 180 horsepower.

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First model to launch will be the Advanced Family Sports Activity Tourer. BMW insiders say the idea is to mix the space and flexibility of an MPV, the solidity of an SAV with the shape of a larger Touring model, but have maintain the car-like appearance. With AFAST, short for Advanced Family Sports Activity Tourer, BMW’s ideas are to reinterpret the concept of a van to be more car-like, but without compromising space, flexibility and driving dynamics.

The new layout has also allowed BMW to rethink the car’s proportions, with the front bulkhead and A-pillars being brought further forward. This will increase the volume of the cabin to a level comparable with Europe’s best-seller, the Volkswagen Golf, and the Audi A3.

BMW insiders suggest there could be 1 million front-drive BMWs and Minis produced annually by the end of the decade.

11 responses to “New info on BMW’s front-wheel drive vehicles”

  1. Anonymous says:

     It is a shame for the great brand.

  2. mr A says:

    I hope this won’t sale good. It’s just wrong.

  3. BMW + Front Wheel Drive = CRAP

  4. Kiko Toshev says:

    What is happening with this world ? While Subaru and Toyota are developing the greatest sport coupe in decades, BMW is considering building FWD car. Suspect that soon I will be reading Subaru or Toyota blog. No offence guys, but FWD BMW is just wrong.

  5. Ricky Calo says:

    I still don’t get what BMW is trying to achieve by making this car. It’s basically a MINI with a BMW badge, what part of the market are they trying to conquer? Honda Fit customers?? Unless it sells for $15k(which it won’t) I don’t get what it will achieve aside from raising the company MPG rating.

    • wazon8 says:

      MB A-class and B-class inclined customers – this is the target of this car. Forget about attracting typical Honda customers, the price tag will still be BMW’s price tag. BTW, taking the popularity of A-class, this car surely has a chance of getting popular. It will have most of A-class merits (from the point of view of typical customer) and none of its vices, starting from low riding quality, poor handling and underpowered engine (A-class is truly the worst FWD car, I’ve ever driven), low build quality and cheap materials inside. It doesn’t seem to be hard to steal some customers from A/B-class range.

  6. wazon8 says:

    This car will get its market share, since it’s something between quite popular A-class and bit less popular B-class. No doubt that many women driver will find it appealing. As far as there are proper RWD cars in BMW’s offer, I’m ok with this one.

  7. Xandonia says:

    This is just sad.
    BMW, why? You had the best year ever in 2012 and even out sold MB, you don’t need to sink to their level to get A or B class customers.
    Keep FWD with MINI.

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