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Old 12-05-2013, 07:50 PM   #1
11 new front wheel drive models coming from BMW and MINI
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It's attack of the front drives from BMW. Well, sort of. Eleven new front drive models between BMW and MINI have been approved, from as many as 20 that were under consideration. Auto Express recently spoke with Ian Robertson, BMW's board member for sales and marketing about the new models. Check out some of the highlights from the article.

The new MINI, revealed last month, will be the first model to benefit from the new platform, but Robertson confirmed the UKL1 BMW will be revealed early next year. "The Active Tourer will be the first front-wheel drive BMW, the first to use a three-cylinder engine and you'll see it at a motor show early next year," Robertson revealed.*

As many as eight model lines of the new MINI are expected, including three and five-door hatchbacks and replacements for the Cabriolet, Clubman, Countryman and Paceman. A sporty MINI MX-5 rival, to replace the slow-selling Roadster and Coupe models.

In the BMW product plan are five and seven-seat versions of the 2 Series Active Tourer MPV, a small SUV to sit below the X1 and rival the new Audi Q1, and possibly a supermini to compete with the Audi A1.

Source: Autoexpress

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