The biggest change that BMW has embraced in recent times is the front-wheel drive. It was previously unthinkable that BMW would even consider these changes. For instance, the switch has been made from rear-wheel drive to AWD SUVs. Turbocharging is something that BMW frowned on about 10 years ago but now, it is planning to use a V6 in the new M3.
The front-wheel drive is likely to be seen in the 2014 BMW 1-Series Gran Turismo. Its bonnet is shorter and how the passengers sit makes it apparent that it was created to offer FWD as a main option.
But then, AWD versions are also probable. The 1-Series Gran Turismo will likely share its modular platform with the next MINI Cooper. BMW’s Chairman of the Board, Norbert Reithofer, had mentioned this strategy in the past. At last year’s Geneva Motor Show, Reithofer said that BMW will extend the BMW and Mini brands into the small-car segment with the introduction of new models and variants.
He said that for these models, BMW will design a common architecture for both front- and four-wheel drive. The platforms will be shared with the Cooper so it’s believed that the GT will be equipped with new three-cylinder turbo engines. The car will officially be launched in the later part of 2013.
The BMW 1-Series has always been known for the driving pleasure it provides. The rear-wheel-drive BMW 1-Series has been so popular that over one million units have been sold around the world. Now, the next generation of this premium compact from BMW builds on the usual strengths of the original model while improving in the areas of power, suspension, fuel efficiency and roominess as well as in terms of features and equipment.
In addition, the newest generation of the BMW 1-Series now offers a better blend of sportiness and comfort, as well as enhanced functionality. It now comes with an array of driver assistance systems that were previously available only in higher segments. Compared to the previous model, the new BMW 1-Series features a wheelbase that is wider by 30 mm (at 2,690 mm).
It is also around 85 mm longer (at 4,324 mm) and 17 mm wider (at 1,765 mm). Its height remains the same at 1,421 mm. The new BMW 1-Series features front and rear tracks that are wider by 51 mm and 72 mm, respectively. These dimensions have allowed the new BMW 1-Series to feature rear seats with 21 mm more legroom, and a luggage compartment that could carry 30 liters more cargo at 360 liters.
Appearance-wise, the new generation BMW 1-Series is provided with a design that dynamically expresses the latest technological advances it has been blessed with. Featuring an updated styling that underscores its youthful image and premium status, the BMW 1-Series is provided with precise body surfaces and a modern, functional interior.
The next generation of the BMW 1-Series could also be availed with BMW Sport Line or BMW Urban Line that allows for further exclusive personalization by offering exclusive interior and exterior design features.