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BMW's Front-Drive Future: FWD 1 Series Sedan Coming to the U.S.

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 8/5/2014 Jason Udy

Slotting below the rear-drive 3 Series sedan, the new front-drive BMW 1 Series sedan is coming to the U.S. to battle the likes of the Audi A3 sedan and Mercedes-Benz CLA, Automotive News reports. Like the 2 Series Active Tourer, the 1 Series will be based on Mini’s new front-drive UKL platform.

Due in 2017, the BMW 1 Series sedan will arrive with the third-generation Euro-market 1 Series hatchback, which will switch from its rear-drive underpinnings to the new UKL architecture. The new chassis also supports all-wheel drive. Additionally, the next BMW X1 crossover will switch to the new front-drive/all-wheel drive platform. That model is expected for 2015. The BMW 2 Series Active Tourer will also be based on the UKL underpinnings, possibly coming here in 2015 as an all-wheel-drive-only model. Mini will also share its 1.5-liter turbo I-3 and 2.0-liter turbo I-4 with the front-drive BMW models.

Aside from BMW's front-drive plans, the automaker will also expand its i model range with the new i5, which is said to be a conventional four-door, five-passenger sedan. BMW’s rear-drive models will move to a flexible architecture dubbed 35up. Debuting under the next 7 Series, the chassis will also underpin the next 3, 5, and 6 Series models including the 5 Series GT wagon.

2013 BMW 1 Series M Coupe© Provided by MotorTrend 2013 BMW 1 Series M Coupe
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Source: Automotive News (Subscription required)

Images of the previous-generation, rear-drive BMW 1 Series M Coupe are shown.


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