Over the last few months, BMW executives and board members revealed the company’s plans to build up to twelve compact models based on the the new front-wheel drive platform.
The FWD platform, also known internally as UKL (an acronym for the German words ‘unter klasse’, or ‘entry level’ in English) was introduced in October at the 2012 Paris Auto Show in the form of the Concept Active Tourer.
The very same platform will underpin the next generation MINI due out in 2014, along with other existing BMW models that will switch to the front-wheel drive platform: X1 and 1 Series.
While some of these models are already known, e.g. Active Tourer, 1 Series Sedan, there are some others that have been rumored in the past year. The usual BMW insider Scott27 returns with a list of those bimmers that are rumored to take advantage of the UKL platform.
Let’s have a look.
BMW 1er Urbanic Compact 3/5dr – Upcoming city hatch based on next MINI – an Audi A1 rival.
MINI 3/5dr – Increased demand leads to the next generation MINI due next year with five drs for the 1st time.
BMW 1er Sedan – Baby sedan off the UKL architecture aimed at global markets for small sedans.
MINI Sedan – Sporty four dr MINI aimed at increasing markets for MINI products, potentially could be MINI’s best global seller overtaking the Countryman.
BMW 1er Active Tourer – Production version of Active Tourer Concept launched at IAA 2013.
MINI Traveller – MINI variant of the Active Tourer. Designed to show how both cars can co-exist with individual style and flexibility.
BMW 1er Urbanic Roadster – BMW’s open top variant of the city car inherits two seats only with a rear deck
MINI Cabrio – Latest F56 rendition of the popular open top MINI.
BMW Z1 Sportster – To provide greater economies of scale, the Z1 will be BMW’s equivalent to the MINI Coupe and Roadster, but will be a FWD and powered by more powerful three-cylinder engines. The design is derived from well-received 2011 Vision ConnectedDrive concept car.
MINI Roadster – Next Roadster and Coupe will launch with a sportier look which is completely separate from the standard MINI. The typical MINI design elements will be present but bodywork is not based on the hatch family.
BMW Z1 SportCoupe – Coupe version of the Z1 will complete the BMW Z twins against the MINI twins.
MINI Coupe – Coupe version of Roadster , more individual in appearance.
BMW X1 – Next generation of highly successful SAV moves to the UKL architecture to offer more flexibility. Also available with xDrive.
MINI Countryman – Next generation of the global MINI juggernaut, heavily shared with BMW X1.
BMW X2 – Sport Activity Coupe variant of the next BMW X1 , FWD with optional xDrive and the first BMW SAC to appear as both a 3dr and 5dr.
MINI Paceman/XL – Next generation of new MINI member will be offered with 5 door version as well as 3 door.
BMW F.amily A.ctivity S.ports T.ourer – BMW’s hybrid of SAV solidity, MPV space and Touring bodystyle
MINI Clubman – Current car revisited with more style and more flexibility, more of a Shooting Brake with dynamic raked roof and forward looking proportions.
As always, take these rumors with a grain of salt since BMW is well known for discussing several car options before nixing some of them.[Source: Germancarforum]