Front-Wheel Drive BMW Confirmed for Small Car Segment
The rumours about BMW considering a new front-wheel-drive entry-level model that would be positioned and priced right under the current 1-Series has received official backing from the Bavarian automaker. The official announcement and confirmation comes from the BMW Chairman, Norbert Reithofe, at the Annual Accounts Press Conference.
“There will be front-wheel drive BMWs in the smaller vehicle classes in the future,” he said. A week ago in his interview with the British magazine Autocar, Mr Reithofe had highlighted his plans of extending the BMW and Mini brands into the small car segment with new models and variants.
Mr Reithofer made it clear in his speech that the new models will be entirely separate from BMW’s upcoming Mega City electric vehicles and that the company would develop a common architecture for both front and four-wheel drive for the two vehicles. BMW development boss Klaus Draeger further added that the new FWD platform will feature in the next-generation MINI Cooper, set to debut in 2014 while the small BMW could be on UK roads as early as 2013. However it has not been guaranteed as to whether the future generations of the 1-series will be rear-wheel-drive or not.