Rumor has it that a front-wheel drive BMW 1-Series GT model will be heading to this year’s Paris Auto Show, giving BMW enthusiasts a new entry-level model.
What we’ll likely be seeing in Paris will be a concept of the front-wheel drive BMW, which shares a platform with the new upcoming MINI models. Under the hood, the German automaker will fit a MINI-sourced 1.5-liter, turbocharged three-cylinder. If that sounds peculiar to you, it’s essentially half the engine of the popular 3.0-liter inline-six from BMW.
The big question is whether or not a front-wheel drive BMW will even be well received. Naturally it will appeal to consumers that don’t know better (or don’t care) and just want a BMW, but for true driving enthusiasts, a front-wheel drive 1-Series is hardly the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine’. Then again, front-drive MINIs are highly regarded as exceptionally fun driving machines.
If the 1-Series front-drive GT model makes it to production, don’t expect it to ever go on sale in North America. Instead, expect it to arrive in European dealerships some time in 2014.
[Source: Autocar UK]