BMW is bucking the old trends and is currently developing a FWD 1-series to offer to the market. It’s likely to be launched at the upcoming 2012 Paris Auto Show. BMW has made it clear that it won’t be introducing a regular 1-series form. Rather, BMW is developing a more practical, MPV-style vehicle that is even more convenient than the 1-series hatchback.
It will be similar to the Mercedes B-Class, with a ride height that’s slightly elevated to go along with the feel of the small crossover. When interviewed by Autoexpress, BMW board member Dr Klaus Draeger said that a front-wheel-drive BMW is a sure thing.
He said that BMW has plenty of experience and it knows how to tune the steering so there won’t be much torque steer. BMW could also make the car turn-in sharply to corners.
The impending Mini Cooper will be built on a platform that’s shared with the new 1-series. However, the Mini won’t be as powerful and its ride height will be lower so that the cars could differentiate themselves.