BMW confirms 11 front-wheel drive BMWs and MINIs. Debut at 2014 Geneva

2 Series | December 5th, 2013 by 8
BMW Concept Active Tourer Outdoor-06

For AutoExpress, Ian Robertson, BMW board member for sales and Marketing, has confirmed that company will produce 11 vehicles based on the new front-wheel drive …

For AutoExpress, Ian Robertson, BMW board member for sales and Marketing, has confirmed that company will produce 11 vehicles based on the new front-wheel drive platform. The UKL1 platform also offers a four-wheel drive configuration.

The new MINI, revealed last month, will be the first model to benefit from the new platform with a second model, BMW ActiveTourer, to follow in 2014. The three-cylinder powered Active Tourer will debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

“The Active Tourer will be the first front-wheel drive BMW, the first to use a three-cylinder engine and you’ll see it at a motor show early next year,” Robertson revealed. “You’ve seen the concept, and the actual car is extremely close.”

BMW confirms 11 front wheel drive BMWs and MINIs. Debut at 2014 Geneva

Robertson says that 8 models of the new MINI are expected, including three and five-door hatchbacks and replacements for the Cabriolet, Clubman, Countryman and Paceman. A sporty MINI MX-5 rival, to replace the slow-selling Roadster and Coupe models, is also planned along with an MPV and a sedan for the Chinese market.

The BMW Active Tourer will be sold under the 2 Series badge, so essentially it will be labeled BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. The car will be offered with a five and seven-seat configuration. Another FWD to join the lineup will be a small SUV sitting below the X1 (just a rumor at this point) and possible a super MINI to compete with the A1 (even though the JCW MINI might be enough).

[Via IndianAutosblog]

  • digivue

    Beginning of the end of BMW what it used to stand for…

  • gg

    It is not the end. Mercedes is already climbing over them in terms of sale. Audi is catching up. BMW needs this to survive.

    • Michael

      They don’t need this to survive. They are still increasing their sales beyond previously set sales records. They only need this if they want to chase the very bottom of the premium market where profit margins are low and outside of the CLA, which we will see in time if its success is sustained, is notoriously unsuccessful especially in the U.S. market but also globally.

  • Michael

    It’s very interesting that the Active Tourer will be part of the 2 series. Kind of contradicts the entire purpose of altering the nomenclature, outside of X models, even numbers were intended to represent coupes. As for the idea of something to compete against the A1, I agree that it would be repetitive and that MINI already serves that purpose. With Audi introducing a new Q1, a vehicle below the X1 isn’t incomprehensible but Audi reaches further downmarket than BMW wants to go for reasons pertaining to profit margins. Hopefully instead BMW will transfer the 1 series and its variants to an FWD platform, in conjunction with the new FWD X1 and FWD 2AT, that could be what they are referencing.

    • fredyschiftan@aol.com

      BMW is a car Co. at this time it can’t stand on the side and say they only build RWD , the other Co. have gone into BMW territory ad have copied BMW strategy for selling good and sporty sedans, specially copycats VW , Mercedes wants to show it goes to young people also and its time for payback and show how to build AWD and FWD, I am sure the guys at VW are not going to sleep well in the future ….. well done BMW !!

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  • tzenu_bmw

    i don’t want a 2 series Active Tourer……..in stead i want a NEW Isetta and no FWD bmw ever…..

  • Michael

    Lexus just confirmed that they won’t be selling vehicles under the $30k price point either. They see the long term damage isn’t worth the short term gains.

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