BMW embracing front wheel drive big time, plans up to 20 new front wheel drive models
It seems difficult to even believe but BMW is buying into front wheel drive big time. Why? Money of course, as the front wheel drive platform is tentatively planned to spawn 20 model variants. Currently they are approved for about half this amount but want to squeeze in as much as they can out of the platform whether it has a Mini or BMW badge on it. Kind of sad for the BMW purist but ultimately BMW just wants to sell, sell, sell these days.
BMW executive board member Ian Robertson stated, "We’ve got plans to produce up to 20 new models on this platform. Not all of them have been approved yet, we’ve got approval on 10-12 new models." The first will be a new Mini followed by its derivatives including the coupe, convertible, and clubman models.
The BMW fron wheel drive models would then be the next generation X1 and 1-Series which will then make room for an X2 and 2-Series. No matter what the purists say, the BMW front wheel drive era is here.