• Jun 25th 2010 at 2:01PM
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BMW 0 Series, is that you? – Click above to watch the video after the break

If BMW intends to go downmarket any further, which seems likely considering that the automaker has already confirmed it will offer a front-wheel drive model under its own badge, there's only one model designation available: 0 Series. And by all accounts, it's on the way soon.

Intriguingly, BMW may be offering a few hints as to what we should expect from the new entry-level model. In a new video released for its Innovation Days in Asia, the automaker prominently displays a series of still images that may very well be early sketches of the upcoming 0 Series.

Assuming for a moment that we are indeed witnessing the new Zilch, we like what we see. Deeply sculpted sides, a nicely sloping rear hatch and large, vertically oriented kidney grilles indicate a design language that's suitably differentiated from current rear-wheel-drive BMWs. And it looks pretty dang good. Judge for yourself after watching the video after the break.

[Source: Autoblog.nl]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      So no one believes BMW will make a front wheel drive SUV / Cross-over / Hatchback / Sport ute / coupe hyrbid with 36" wheels fitted with tires bigger than a Viper, and a beltline that stretches up to your neck ?

      Cartoonish you say ? How about utterly outlandish ?

      Last thing I want to say is my gut tells me BMW is saving the '0' series nomenclature for their upcoming line of Electric vehicles.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So BMW picked up the G6 GXP?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That was exactly what I saw at first glance...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Dear BMW,

      How about instead of having a chassis designed to make the car feel light on its feet, when in fact its a heavy pig, you actually make a lightweight car?

        • 5 Years Ago
        It's been suggested before. If you think you know something that no other automotive engineers know then by all means suggest it to them. This isn't 1990 anymore, small cars weight 3000 lbs. Get used to it.

        As for asking Lotus for help, it looks as though they are jumping on the luxury bandwagon too, which means they are probably going to weigh more. Aside from that, it's not like they used any special tricks to lose weight, they just made a tiny car with absolutely no amenities. BMW is in the business of making daily drivers, not track day toys.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dear bairdvanner,

        That's easier said than done, what with the fancy safety whatsits and luxury whosits we have to include in our cars.


        just saying... lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hope they bring back the spirit of the 2002 a little. Mainly the inexpensive and fun to drive parts.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Exactly! While some cars can go from physical concept to production with minimal changes, I can't think of a single vehicle that has gone from concept sketch to physical concept without a massive dose of reality tossed in. And forget about production...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gonna have to go into the negative numbers soon for series names.

      Sad to see BMW continuing downmarket. I realize they want to reach larger marketshare, especially in the light of the current financial situation...but...sigh. I don't want them to lose focus on what they do best.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't see it that way. BMW has a long history of making cheap, frugal cars. It's sort of like those people that scoff at the idea of a 4cyl Porsche, forgetting about the 356, 550 Spyder, 904, ect... From what I understand they just need to fully utilize the Mini platform to make it more profitable, since they have not managed to secure a partner to share development costs with. It's not like they are stopping rwd production, or changing any lines over. Just adding a new one to up production numbers and hopefully make some money with their Mini platform. At least if they keep in house, they don't have to compromise and use a torsion beam rear like the other b-segment competitors from Ford, Fiat, and the VW Group.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When I saw the front I also immediately thought of the Edsel, or one of those nasty wild pigs roaming the woods in Russia
      • 5 Years Ago
      What next? The - 1 Series?
      • 5 Years Ago

      Those are sketches for the development of the 5 series GT.

      There is no "0" series car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow! Good find there. But there is going to a BMW version of the next gen Mini, they have already confirmed that. Have not heard about a name yet though, would be surprised if they went with 0 series, guess we'll have to wait and see.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Might that be concept renderings of the rumored X4-series SAV that would look like a smaller version of the X6-series SAV?

      Though I've read rumors regarding a possible 2-series line of vehicles, don't know what's really next from BMW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why not rename the 1-Series the 2-Series, and call the 0-Series the 1-Series?
        • 5 Years Ago
        That makes a lot sense (and right now, something of which BMW is not doing right now, particularly with the X6 and 5 GT), considering the even numbered series are currently occupied by coupes, roadsters and cabriolets (6, M6, X6, Z4). I wonder, at some point, if they will split the 3-series coupe and cabriolets into a 4-series (and therefore "justifying" the price difference).

        The only sort-of odd one out for the 1-series becoming the 2-series is the hatchback, but since it looks like an extended roofed coupe, it'll work.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Plus, there's a slot for a 4 between the 3 and 5, with a range-topping 9.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Haha. Why limit yourself to single digits? They could build a Bentley competitor and call it the 14 Series, since it would probably cost about as much as two 7 Series.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You sound like another BMW hating. If you stopped crusading against cars for a second and actually learned some facts you'd know that BMW's tend to get BETTER mpg than other class members, namely Lexus.

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