BMW Plans up to 12 Small Front-Wheel-Drive Models | Edmunds

BMW Plans up to 12 Small Front-Wheel-Drive Models


Just the Facts:
  • BMW has developed a new front-wheel-drive vehicle platform that could yield as many as 12 new models for the brand, Edmunds has learned.
  • The first of the family, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer hatchback, debuted at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show and will appear in European showrooms in September.
  • "The status of the 2 Series Active Tourer for the U.S is still under review, so nothing has been confirmed at this point," David Buchko, a spokesman for BMW of North America, wrote in response to a query.

LONDON BMW has developed a new front-wheel-drive vehicle platform that could yield as many as 12 new models for the brand, Edmunds has learned.

The first of the family, the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer compact hatchback, debuted at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show and will appear in European showrooms in September.

"The status of the 2 Series Active Tourer for the U.S is still under review, so nothing has been confirmed at this point," David Buchko, a spokesman for BMW of North America, wrote in response to a query.

Car shoppers considering the Honda Fit or Mini Countryman, but in the mood for a more premium people mover, may be attracted to the 2 Series Active Tourer.

The big picture here is that BMW's front-wheel-drive offensive appears to be entering a new era.

The German automaker's front-wheel-drive range will include a small sedan, a new BMW X1 SUV, a small sports car and a pair of BMW 2 Series five-door hatchbacks in the form of a practical GT and a sporty Gran Coupe, mirroring the bigger BMW 4 Series range.

A larger X2 SUV is also possible. This sportier model would slot between the BMW X1 and X3. Eventually, the next-generation BMW 2 Series coupe will convert to the front-wheel-drive platform.

The first BMW-branded model to appear on this platform architecture, known internally as UKL and shared with the Mini family, is the five-passenger 2 Series Active Tourer.

A longer seven-seat version of this model is also in the pipeline. The next-generation BMW 1 Series hatchback is thought unlikely to come to the U.S. The 1 Series was last sold here as a 2013 model.

With the entire Mini family eventually based on the UKL architecture, it's thought that BMW may ultimately sell as many as a million front-wheel-drive vehicles annually.

Edmunds says: BMW revs up its front-wheel-drive initiative. But the question remains whether U.S. shoppers will jump at this opportunity.

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