BMW working on GT variant of the 1-series

Thursday, January 27, 2011, 11:06 by Auto Correspondent

BMW is planning to grow its genre-bending multi-purpose vehicles such as the X6 and 5 series Gran Turismo. Why genre-bending? Well, these models offer more than a standard wagon but isn’t as hefty as crossover.

As per rumors prevailing around BMW’s future models, BMW will roll out a 1 series GT to be slotted below the upcoming 3 series GT. (So far, the company has launched the 5 series GT: 550i GT.) Thinking on this line, BMW could possibly offer 1, 3 and 5 Series in sedan, wagon or hatchback, crossover, coupes and Gran Turismo versions. Besides, BMW is simultaneously scaling up the MINI brand, the evidence being the recent Mini Countryman model. Related: BMW 1-series M coupe

Unauthorized pictures of BMW 1 Series GT have already surfaced the Internet. We can expect this car to come with a front wheel drive system based on the company’s strategy to offer this system in its smallest, entry-level models. However, the company could offer the All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) as an option because the 1 series platform is expected to support AWD comfortably.

bmw 1 series gt rendering courtesy bmwblog com photo

Photo: BMW 1 series GT rendering (Courtesy: bmwblog.com)

Earlier, BMW had also released information on its 2012 BMW 1-series.

The 2012 BMW 128i (both convertible and coupe) gets the base 3.0 litre inline six cylinder producing 230 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. The 2012 BMW 135i, on the other hand, will get a single turbo engine (turbo charged straight six with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque) for both converrible and coupe variants. An optional dual clutch automated manual transmission (as in Z4 Roadster) is also available.

The 2012 BMW 1 series models get subtle changes and even a hardcore Beemer fan would find it tough to spot them. Changes include new xenon headlamps (standard for BMW 135i and optional for BMW 128i) with frosted brows while the trunklid has integrated spoiler chiseled into the rear end of the car to accentuate the short rear section. The 2012 135i comes with an additional spoiler providing great downforce on the rear end at high speeds. The L shaped rear taillights offers a lower, sportier look and the horizontal elements in the rear light clusters offer a homogeneous lighting effect.

Summing up, the coming years will make BMW, an attractive brand for not just the Beemer fans, but also potential buyers especially at the bottom of the pyramid. Do you think it will cause hard time for Benz and Audi?

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