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BMW will take full advantage of investments in its MINI sub-brand, developing additional models based on those products that will be branded and sold as BMWs. According to a report by Automobile Magazine, the list includes a BMW version of the MINI Clubman and Countryman, as well as both a BMW and a MINI van. (Yes, the MINIvan).
It’s believed the new models will all be based on the upcoming front-drive/AWD platform that will first debut in the next-generation MINI Cooper. When the second-gen Clubman arrives it will be followed by the BMW Joy – an internal name given to what will essentially be the 1 Series Gran Turismo. After, a BMW 1 Series crossover will be based on the second-generation Countryman platform. And finally, there’s the MINI Traveler; a small van or MPV. A BMW version of this car will also be built to take on cars like the Mercedes B-Class ad next-generation Audi A2.
The first of these models are expected to start appearing around 2013.
We’ve heard a great deal about new 1 Series models from BMW lately, but according to a new report the German automaker has will launch even more variants of its compact model in the coming years. New to the list are a Gran Turismo model, as well an MPV.
According to Automobile Magazine both models will be based on the upcoming 1 Series front-drive architecture, which will also be adaptable for AWD setups. The FWD/AWD 1 Series architecture will first launch with 3-door and 5-door hatchback models (available in Europe), with the 1 Series GT joining the lineup later on, as well as the MPV. Referred to as a Compact Activity Tourer (CAT) by Automobile, this MPV will feature higher roof, a longer rear overhang for added cargo (like the MINI Clubman), an flexible seat setup and traditional hinged doors (rather than sliding ones). The model may also be called the Family Activity Vehicle (FAV), or the SportsCruiser.
All the front-drive and AWD models will share their architecture with the third-generation new MINI lineup. In addition, the front-drive BMW 1 Series, including the GT and MPV are likely to get the same range of turbocharged 3-cylinder engines planned for the next-generation MINI models.
The 1-series GT and CAT would be part of the FWD/AWD components set, as would the future three- and five-door hatchbacks. They – and their Mini cousins – are likely to introduce a new family of three-cylinder engines. The threes are, naturally, lighter and more compact than four-cylinders, and use about 10 percent less fuel. The gasoline version, dubbed N30, comes in displacements of 1.2 and 1.5 liters with power output of ranging from 70 to 184 hp. The diesel variant, labeled N37, at 1.5 liters is good for 110 to 125 hp.