BMW will reveal its first ever front wheel drive car at the Paris Motor Show

If there's one thing that's certain in this world, it's that BMWs are driven by their rear wheels. Sure, there are some all-wheel-drive models thrown in for good measure, but even those revert to the tried-and-true RWD when extra traction from the front wheels isn't deemed necessary or desirable. Now though, the universe is really changing as BMW will finally walk down the path that they have renounced for years. 

The German premium carmaker will finally debut its first front-wheel-drive car at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, in September. To stay in competition and build cost effective entry-level cars, the company will follow others down this trail, also creating reliable platform for new models of Mini.

The concept is expected to be called the BMW 1 Series GT and will be powered by 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, which is more like half of BMW’s 3.0-litre straight six. The engine will also be used for the new Mini models, while the front-wheel drive will rival the Mercedes-Benz B Class.

BMW is expected to launch this new 1 Series by 2014 and it will then become the cheapest offering from the German carmaker. Looking at X1 success, BMW will certain plan to bring this to India, only they will need to have a diesel option by then.

Source: www.autocar.co.uk 

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