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BMW 1-Series GT spied in Northern Europe

 BMW 1-Series GT spied in Northern Europe
2014 BMW 1-Series GT Spy photo / Automedia

Debuts later this year

BMW's front-wheel drive future is inching closer to reality as our spy photographers have snapped new photos of the 1-Series GT.

Recently previewed by the Active Tourer Concept, the production model is a five-door hatchback which is destined to battle the Mercedes B-Class. While the car is heavily camouflaged, we can see it will feature a prominent grille, a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a dual exhaust system.

The model will ride on the company's UKL platform which will also underpin the next-generation MINI Cooper. Front-wheel drive will be standard, but all-wheel drive could be optional.

Engine options remain unconfirmed, but are expected to include a variety of three- and four-cylinder units. Key among them will be the new 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo that is slated to have outputs ranging from 81 HP (60 kW) to 201 HP (148 kW).

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Thedamned
They can't call it the Gti now can they.
Jan 22, 2013 6:43 pm
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joelynn
GT seems to mean something different in Munich, everywhere else it means sleek, sporty, stylish, at BMW it means oversized hatchback/mini MPV version.
Jan 22, 2013 11:39 am
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16000rpm
What is with the wheels, maybe taken from a tricycle.
Jan 22, 2013 7:38 am
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Audi V10 2010
BMW should stick to the true identity of being Rwd . I drove the new 328 2.0 turbo on that is a sweet ride power for the rear tires let's see in a scratch from rear drive leave it to the others.BMW the ultimate front drive machine new catch phrase from now on
Jan 21, 2013 8:24 pm
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ElioBorrero
BMW is "only" making ONE car FWD (as of now and I hope so) so there is nothing to worry about it, unlike other brands that 30-40% of their cars are FWD and or share about half of the comp, engines, transm, and platforms with their parent companies.
Jan 28, 2013 10:15 am
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FranciscoAndre
The Active Tourer concept is quite interesting. Hope to see what's coming. FWD vs RWD - useless discussion nowadays. There are FWD that are amazingly good compared to others RWD, and vice-versa.
Jan 21, 2013 4:35 pm
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Ratt
A lot of people are still fanatically devoted to BMW but this companany regularly takes a dump on the opinions of its most loyal fans, I hope they lose big time with this FWD crap, they will lose soul thats for sure.
Jan 21, 2013 2:39 pm
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CDspeed
They won't loose their soul, it's not like they're converting their entire fleet to FWD. This 1GT is only supposed to be a city runabout, or the kind of car you take when you'd like to leave your M6 at home.
Jan 21, 2013 3:56 pm
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MercedesSL
A large majority of Audis are "FWD crap", and they sell pretty well.
Jan 21, 2013 4:18 pm
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ElioBorrero
Exactly..
Jan 21, 2013 4:23 pm
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NenadMitrovic
Audi is not the same as BMW or Mercedes. Audi is just better looking VW.
Jan 21, 2013 9:08 pm
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Ratt
I think you dont get it, its not all about sales, its about tradition and legacy and if you want a city runabout buy a Mini Cooper or something. The same enthusiasts who sing hosannas to the BMW 335i will be cursing the newest FWD BMW. You who mentioned Audi or Volswagen you dont understand that the one who buys an Audi dont give a crap about hardcore driving, which is the only thing TRUE BMW fans appreciate. It doesnt matter anyway I think you cant understand what I'm trying to say.
Jan 21, 2013 4:38 pm
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LBento
But now all BMW drivers are hardcore drivers,some buy them because of status, because they think they are good, because they just look good. FWD will work on BMW
Jan 21, 2013 8:25 pm
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LukeCage
I agree that's it about tradition & legacy. Most german car buyers won't know what a B5 or E92 refers to, only the diehards know and love these cars for their history. I think that most car companies make cars that are profitable so that the diehard car fans can get the great cars. I think 75% of car owners would never drive their car hard enough to tell if it's RWD or FWD unless you told them.
Jan 21, 2013 10:01 pm
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hunker7
I have a feeling that it will be ugly.
Jan 21, 2013 2:13 pm
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MercedesSL
It actually looks quite good, they already showed the styling with concept Active tourer. Look at related articles above to see.
Jan 21, 2013 4:16 pm
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hunker7
I've seen it, yes. but if you look from the side it looks small, too small in fact. but hope I am wrong.
Jan 22, 2013 3:23 am
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