BMW AG, the world’s largest premium automaker plans to unveil the first front well drive –FWD 1 Series at the Paris Motor Show this September – in concept form.
The new front wheel drive vehicle will play an integral role in meeting BMW’s ambitious worldwide sales target of two million cars a year by 2020, and should become one of the firm’s best sellers in key saloon markets such as North America and China.
BMW executives insist that their internal survey results suggest that the vast majority of their 1-Series buyers already assume that the car is front-wheel-drive.
And because FWD vehicles are more space-efficient and cheaper to build, it seems as if a hatchback rival to the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benzs B-Class may finally make it to North America.
BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system will expected to be available as an option to the controversial front-drive layout.
Engine options remain a mystery, but Autocar says the model will be offered with a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol engine. Nothing is official, but previous reports have indicated it could produce approximately 150 PS (110 kW / 148 hp).
However, based on the fact that FWD BMW’s have been speculated numerous times in the past few years, we wouldn’t be surprised if this was just another report.