• 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.


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      1. DBFIU's Avatar
        DBFIU -
        FWD is cool if you race in reverse.
      1. psmith95's Avatar
        psmith95 -
        I know this isn't about FWD but has anyone heard anything about Xdrive coming to the M cars? I was reading about it somewhere the other day and that would be awesome for us in the North East if they did that
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by psmith95 Click here to enlarge
        I know this isn't about FWD but has anyone heard anything about Xdrive coming to the M cars? I was reading about it somewhere the other day and that would be awesome for us in the North East if they did that
        They already do it with the diesels so it is a matter of time only. Especially with AMG making the switch.
      1. gary88's Avatar
        gary88 -
        As long as you can still get a small-ish RWD car with an I-6 somewhere in the lineup I'll be happy. Hopefully the FWD models will sell well among soccer moms and the like so BMW can keep making the rest of the lineup better.