BMW, Mercedes-Benz to offer compact FWD vehicles by 2012

BMW Megacity (Teaser)

Currently, the smallest vehicle in BMW’s stable is the 1-Series. All that will change within the next few years, when the German automaker brings in a new front-wheel-drive family of cars that will fit under the 1-Series in its lineup. Mercedes-Benz will also bring in vehicles that are smaller than the C-Class.

Known as the UKL family, the BMW small vehicles will be powered by a 4-cylinder engine and will have front-wheel-drive platforms. The model will also be offered in many variants.

“It will be a relatively big segment because we have several body styles,” Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing. While he didn’t say exactly what kind of body styles we should expect, he did say that the models will go on sale before the BMW Megacity electric-car due in 2013.

Mercedes-Benz on the other hand plans on shipping three compact vehicles to the United States in 2012. The three compact models will have front-wheel-drive and will be derived from the B-Class and A-Class platform. The models could be either be a compact SUV to compete with the BMW X1 or a coupe.

– By: Kap Shah

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