BMW 1 Series GT is being previewed via patent images.
BMW will offer the upcoming 1 Series GT with two different wheelbases. The two models will offer buyers a choice between a five and a seven-seat configuration.The increased length will offer additional rear space for passengers. Both models are built on the front-wheel drive configuration, one that will be used by many upcoming BMW models.
The BMW 1 Series GT will compete against the Mercedes-Benz B-Class which recently halted development of a long-wheelbase version of the second-generation B-class.
According to our source, the 1 Series Gran Turismo will be powered by three and four-cylinder turbo engines and will sport the new front-wheel drive platform architecture. A Hybrid and xDrive version will be offered as well. Similar powerplants will also be used in the next generation of MINI vehicles.
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.
The BMW 1 Series GT will appeal to customers of the premium segment who appreciate a high level of comfort, a raised seating position and a generous amount of space, but also to families who attach importance to functionality and versatility as well as lifestyle and athletic flair.
First model is scheduled to debut in 2014.