Next month, BMW will write history with their first front-wheel drive vehicle. Many will debate whether this history is worth remembering, but with the 1 Series GT BMW enters a new segment that could take the company to the next level. First launched in the super compact model, the front-wheel drive architecture is expected to make its way into the 1 Series family when the next generation hits the market in 2019.
The Paris Motor Show will introduce the 1 Series GT in concept form and with a three cylinder engine, part of a new family of turbocharged engines that we dubbed “baby-six”. The 1.5 liter three cylinder TwinPower turbochaged engines can produce up to 180 horsepower, but it’s expected to output even more power in the future. The new small petrol engine shares its 500cc individual cylinder capacity and other key elements with BMW’s classic 3.0-litre straight six petrol unit. A Hybrid and xDrive version will be offered as well.
Same engines will also power the next generation of MINI vehicles that come to market in 2013.
With these changes, BMW Group reacts, on one hand, to the cost pressures in the premium segment, and secondly to the fact that the competitors from Stuttgart and Ingolstadt are very successful with front wheel drive cars.
BMW will offer the 1 Series GT with a wide range of features and gadgetry, from the iDrive system with 8.2 inch display to numerous assistance systems and ConnectedDrive.
Building atop spy photos and industry rumors, the folks over at Quattroroute.it delivers some fairly realistic renderings.