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BMW: six new front-wheel-drive models to look out for

Autocar logo Autocar 14/03/2018 Greg Kable
Next 1 Series hatchback © Autocar Next 1 Series hatchback

The next BMW 1 Series is the first of six upcoming models due to switch to new front-wheel drive underpinnings called FAAR (Frontantriebsarchitektur).

Each will come with either two or all-wheel drive. We run through what to expect in the list below.

1 Series hatchback

The first model to benefit from the new FAAR platform. Insiders indicate that it will again be offered with the choice of three and five-door layouts.

2 Series Gran Turismo

New 2 Series Gran Turismo © Autocar New 2 Series Gran Turismo Instead of the China-made front-driven 1 Series saloon, BMW will offer Europe a FAAR-based model that's likely to be a saloon-cum-hatchback.

2 Series Active Tourer

2 Series Active Tourer successor © Autocar 2 Series Active Tourer successor BMW’s first dedicated front-wheel-drive model will switch from its existing UKL platform to the new FAAR architecture in 2021.

2 Series Gran Tourer

2 Series Gran Tourer successor © Autocar 2 Series Gran Tourer successor The successor to today’s 2 Series Gran Tourer is due in 2021. Plans are for a more luxurious model with improved comfort and space.


iX1 to replace i3 © Autocar iX1 to replace i3 The FAAR platform will play a key role in BMW’s electric car line-up. Pencilled in for 2022 is a junior SUV model conceived as an i3 successor.


Next X1 © Autocar Next X1 Having made the switch from rear-wheel drive to BMW’s UKL platform in 2016, it is no surprise that the next-gen X1 will use the FAAR platform.

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