Front-Drive BMW 1-Series to Debut at Paris Motor Show With 3-Cylinder Power

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

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]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • PussyGalore PussyGalore on Jun 10, 2012

    " Entry Level" use to mean less money for a smaller car; Now it means a smaller car for the same money.

  • H8R fo Life H8R fo Life on Jun 11, 2012

    This SUCKS. If BMW is actually thinking about fwd then I'm officially done with them. I hate this! Ruined mywholeday. Thanks a lot...

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