Rumor: Bmw working on a 1-Series GT model

Article by Christian A., on January 29, 2011

A BMW insider said that the 1-Series Gran Turismo is a go for the next-generation 1er and will combine features of the 5dr hatch and the Touring. This insider, who is known as Scott27, said that the 1-Series GT will be a front-wheel drive that offers rear leg room comparable to the current 5-Series sedan.

The 1-Series GT is believed to appear much like this image scanned from a British magazine. BMW, which is meticulous with the details of each sub-segment, is also planning a 3-Series Gran Turismo.

Scott27 revealed that the new 1-Series family will have an additional Family Activity Sport Tourer that has MPV-like features but with a unique body style design. Reports from various sources have also come in about how BMW plans to expand the next 1-Series range into several sub-segments.

It appears that BMW is hoping to establish as many niche segments as it could for the models. This is actually a strategic trend that has been going on for the last decade, with the rapid expansion of models and model variants, such as X1, X3 and the 5-Series Gran Turismo.

The premium compact BMW 1-Series has long been equated with driving pleasure. The second generation however takes it a step higher with the suspension technology and its advanced engine. In addition, the fuel efficiency was enhanced, the interior offers more space, and a wide-range of equipment and features is available.

The new model is by far the only vehicle in its class to have rear-wheel-drive. It was developed using the strengths of the previous models. In fact, it has sold more than one million units of its predecessor model around the world.

BMW 1-Series has long established itself to be known as pioneering individualist especially in the competitive five-door class. This is all due to its premium image, innovative design, and amazing design and handling.

The entry-level model from BMW shows that it has matured by providing a good balance of driving comfort and sportiness as well as better functionality. It also features various driver assistance systems that were only previously available only for the higher classes. The dimension of this latest iteration of the BMW 1-Series shows that it is longer by 85 millimeters compared to the previous model at 4,324 millimeters, with the wheelbase at 2,690 millimeters (wider by 30 millimeters).

Its overall width has been increased as well as it is now 1,765 millimeters or 17 millimeters wider. This is due to the track being increased by 51 millimeters on the front and 72 millimeters for the rear portion. The only thing that remained the same was the height which was still 1,421 millimeters.

The increase in the wheelbase also means there is more legroom and this is seen in the rear seats offering 21 millimeters of additional legroom. Its luggage compartment on the other hand was enlarged by as much as 30 liters, and is now 360 liters. How the new generation has been designed is a good example of the current technological advances equipped in the vehicle.

Even if it already has a youthful and fresh appearance, its style has still been updated. Highlighting its premium status are the functional and modern interior, and the precision-moulded body surfaces. Another improvement is related to the BMW Sport Line and the BMW Urban Line, with two ranges of exterior and interior equipment and design features, all offering personalization that is more exclusive.

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