2017 BMW 1 Series, BMW 2 Series to adopt front-wheel-drive – Report

Posted on: Nov 26, 2015 - 5:03pm IST

Will be based on the UKL platform.

According to a report from Autobild, the next generation 2017 BMW 1 Series and 2017 BMW 2 Series will adopt the UKL platform, which is designed around a FWD architecture.

BMW M235i front three quarters at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show
Autobild reports that the next generation BMW 2 Series will will use the UKL.

While it sounds acceptable for the BMW 1 Series hatchback to take the plunge, making the 2-door fun-to-drive BMW 2 Series Coupe and Convertible FWD may come across as controversial and could spark backlash among enthusiasts. Even with an optional xDrive AWD system, the next gen 2-Series may not be able to capture the spirit of the current RWD model.

Earlier this year, Klaus Fröhlich, member of the Board of Management for BMW AG, said that the company was still undecided on the platform for the two entry-level models, and would come to a decision by the end of this year. He expressed interest in keeping the next generation BMW 1 Series a rear-wheel drive model, so as to offer customers the essence of a true BMW in a less expensive package.

BMW Compact Sedan (1 Series sedan) front three quarter IAB Rendering
The upcoming BMW 1 Series sedan (name unconfirmed) will be based on the FWD UKL platform, and target the Chinese market.

BMW is currently working on an all new entry-level compact sedan, which was unveiled at the 2015 Guangzhou Auto Show as the BMW Concept Compact sedan. Previewing a future BMW 1 Series sedan (name unconfirmed), it aims to tap into the Chinese market with a less-expensive sedan that will offer the characteristics of a BMW.

BMW Concept Compact Sedan (BMW 1 Series Sedan) – Image Gallery

[Source: Autobild]

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