• Feb 1, 2010
According to Auto Motor und Sport, BMW will add two new small cars to slot below the current 1 Series by 2014. One of those vehicles has already been publicly confirmed by the automaker, the Megacity, an urban commuter BMW is developing as a dedicated electric car. The powertrain technology will be an evolution of what was shown a few weeks ago in the ActiveE concept at the Detroit Auto Show.
The other vehicle is more speculative at this point, but will likely be powered by an internal combustion engine and is reportedly intended to compete with the new Audi A1 in the premium B segment. This car will probably use a range of new three cylinder engines and may even get a hybrid version. The platform is still up in the air, but BMW is reportedly developing a small front-wheel drive platform in-house or opt to purchase an existing platform from another company if the development proves too expensive.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Isn't BMW already using the same platform on the MINI Countryman and the X1?

      Honestly, the only difference will probably be styling, which badge to use and of course price. Under the skin, they will probably very similar.

      Peugeot-Citroen already makes MINI's motors.

      • 4 Years Ago
      If they didn't keep on making every new generation bigger than the one before it, they wouldn't have to make a car smaller than the 1-series.

      ...And this is coming from someone that much prefers a small car to way too large cars like the 7 (and to a lesser degree, the 5). Hell, the current 3 is BIGGER than the original 7.

      The 1-series should have been smaller to begin with... basically 1/2 way between the Mini and the 3 series. Instead it was just barely smaller than the 3 (probably because it uses many 3 components).
        • 4 Years Ago
        I parked my 2005 Legacy (as a size context comparison...) next to a 135i Coupe one day.

        The 1 series is tiny. It IS between the 3-series (comparable to 05-09 Legacy size) and Mini.

        Where it is too close to 3-series is price and weight. For being so small, it seems to be pretty densely packed.

        I am 6'2", and I fit in the Legacy, which was no behemoth of a car before 2010, and even the low-roof SVX... but the BMW 1-series coupe seemed too small for me. Not enough roof height to sit up, but not enough length in the wheelbase, with seat and door location considered, to be slightly more reclined under the low roof.

        If I were looking at BMW, 3-series is about the right size, but like many new cars, too heavy, and too expensive. Less expensive and smaller in size are not necessarily supposed to be linked directly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      BMW 035i 1 door - $35,000
      BMW -135 0 door - $30,000
      • 4 Years Ago
      Uh... Mini?
        • 4 Years Ago
        lmao. that was my first thought too... they have two cars below the 1 series, both are minis :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        If they need a small FWD platform that uses an internal combustion engine, then I have a pretty good idea of how they could save some cash. Just sayin'.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I could be off-base, but I don't really consider the Mini a direct competitor to cars like what BMW is proposing (though I do wish they would just stop already), or the Audi A1. The Mini is a lifestyle car in the same vein as the VW Beetle, and I don't think I'd say the Golf steps on the Beetle's toes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh come on, BMW. This is getting out of hand.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed.

        Insane.

        A down-scaled new 5-series into a 3-GT 5-door sport sedan, not a big-as-a-house CUV.

        Otherwise, they need to keep their focus on their core competencies.

        and maybe focus on a new R-bike motorcycle or two.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What are they going to call them the .5 series and the .25 series?
      • 4 Years Ago
      actually there are more than just two cars working on, over here in munich.
      BMW tries to join new markets.
      I just say: they are worth waiting - much better looking than the Mini.
      you're gonna like them
      • 4 Years Ago
      A front wheel drive car with a BMW badge on it. Audi will be smirking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not bring back an old brand like Triumph or Issetta instead?
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is fine because really the only thing most BMW USA customers care about is how much the lease payment is.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Or that it has the roundel on the nose and tail.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They'll start at less than $25,000, but cost $40,000 with turn signals.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That would probably work out fine. How many BMW owners use turn signals, anyway?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Where's the part that says "These small BMWs will be for Europe only - they won't even consider thinking about studying the remote possibility of trying to sell a small car in the US".
      I assume that's only missing because the source is a German website.
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