Report: Next BMW 1-Series to have six variants

2012 BMW 1-Series (Europe)

BMW plans on making a lot of changes with their 1-series models, eventually branching out to six different variants by the cars third generation.

The first changes to be released by 2012 will be a five-door and three-door 1 series hatchback, with rear and four-wheel drive available. Its underpinnings will be shared with the upcoming 3-series.

2013 will bring in one of the biggest modifications to the line up, with the new Coupe and Cabriolet models being released as the 2-series. The new models will offer power from a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder, with the option of a dual-clutch, seven-speed transmission. The 2-series is set for the US market.

The following year will bring a five-door with a more broad appeal in a GT model. As competition for Audi A3, this version will feature a front-wheel drive found in some of the Minis, and a raised roof height.

By the third-generation release, most of the 1-series will be front-wheel drive. To keep competition going, the coupe, cabriolet, and saloon will remain rear wheel for the US consumers and competitors alike.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoCar