Upcoming FWD BMWs will share MINI architecture

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  1. Nathan

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    Purists still find it hard to believe that BMW plans a range of front-wheel-drive vehicles, the first-ever for the brand. But it's true -- and more details are emerging.

    Our German sister publication Automobilwoche says the entry-level range will debut in 2013, starting with a lineup consisting of three- and five-door cars, a small crossover, a roadster and a compact van. They'll be based on a new modular architecture shared with BMW's Mini brand.

    Automobilwoche also offered a few styling details. For instance, the crossover version won't have BMW's famed Hofmeister kink in its rear seat windows or feature a continuous shoulder line, another departure from BMW tradition.

    BMW needs the small cars to meet new federal fuel economy and European C02 standards. The new family will be powered by a turbocharged 2-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine that debuts next year and BMW's current 2-liter diesel. They may also get the new 1.5-liter, three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines that are under development.

    It's not clear whether BMW will bring all derivatives to the United States. Only the coupe and convertible versions of the 1 series, BMW's current entry-level range, are sold here.

    Read more: http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20101115/OEM03/311159972#ixzz15MptdEFa
     
  2. minimark

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    Well this guarantees that Mini will get the droppings and BMW branded front wheel drives will receive the steak....:(
     
  3. Rally

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    I guess one can only hope that the 2.0t will fit in a MINI engine bay for future engine swap projects, atleast :idea:
     
  4. CHKMINI

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    The roof design of the SUV pictured looks a lot like the roof on the Coupe Concept MINI. Now...put the 2.0 liter in the coupe and we have a winner :D
     
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    I'm thinking only good things will trickle down to MINI.:D
     
  6. minimark

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    ...and hope a version of it it will replace the Puegoet piece that exist now....
     
  7. Crashton

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    I remember the outcry when Volvo went to front wheel drive. Seems like they are doing well now & that is all they have along with a some awd trucksters.

    I don't see BMW switching to all FWD platforms & what they are doing makes sense for them. I hope they use BMW engines this time.
     

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