Is FWD BMW's new best friend? 12 FWD models in the works

by Bernie McGroarty on July 30, 2014, 6:56 pm
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According to an article by Edmunds, BMW has developed a new front wheel drive platform that could lead to as many as 12 new models to be released from German automaker in the future. Sounds like BMW is getting rather friendly with the idea of front wheel drive.

It all starts with the 2 Series Active Tourer, BMWs compact, multi-purpose family vehicle. Utilizing the new Minis UKL platform, the 2 Series Active Tourer eases BMW into the front drive market in the form of a mini van. So whats next then? Well, Im sure BMW will explore most of the avenues they do with the other lines. Edmunds stated that, The German automaker's front-wheel-drive range will include a small sedan, a new BMW X1 SUV, a small sports car and a pair of BMW 2 Series five-door hatchbacks in the form of a practical GT and a sporty Gran Coupe, mirroring the bigger BMW 4 Series range. A larger X2 SUV is also possible. This sportier model would slot between the BMW X1 and X3. Eventually, the next-generation BMW 2 Series coupe will convert to the front-wheel-drive platform.

The last part scares me a bit. BMW seems to be slowly getting away from manual gearboxes, but they say they will keep some for the enthusiasts. So, how long before they phase out rear wheel drive in favor of front drive and only have a few rear drivers left? Im pretty sure that would never happen, but then again, I never thought BMW would ever have a front driver at all.

Source Edmunds

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5 responses to Is FWD BMW's new best friend? 12 FWD models in the works

need4speed commented:
August 4, 2014, 1:53 pm

So sad. N4S
Dave 20T commented:
August 4, 2014, 3:26 pm

Too bad BMW did not buy Saab. If it did, the Saab line could be the world's leader in FWD.

Maybe making MINI, the FWD line would be good?

FWD is not evil. It's a good alternative to AWD.
goldenbb commented:
August 7, 2014, 7:34 pm

Uninspiring--that's the word that comes to mind. Are they all turbos?
Elias commented:
August 8, 2014, 4:12 pm

Money drives everything unfortunately!
sixpot_simon commented:
August 9, 2014, 4:35 am

Originally Posted by Bernie@Bimmerfest View Post
The last part scares me a bit.
Amen. A front wheel drive X1 or X3 makes sense, but the 2 series sounds like the thin end of the wedge. If they go FWD, you might as well buy an Audi, Merc, Renault, etc instead.

Not to bag out FWD, but sporty BMWs are meant to have RWD dynamics as part of the whole "drivers car" philosophy. "Key market differentiator", I believe it is called.