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 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...