• Jan 26, 2011
BMW is serious about its genre-bending multi-purpose vehicles. Proof of such can be seen in vehicles such as the X6 and 5 Series Gran Turismo, both of which were designed to offer something that fits in between a standard wagon and another carbon-copy crossover.

It appears BMW may be thinking of downsizing the trend with a not-a-wagon, not-an-X1 version of its 1 Series that would slot in below the expected 3 Series GT. For those keeping track, such a strategy means that BMW could potentially offer its 1, 3 and 5 Series nameplates in sedan, wagon (or hatchback), crossover (X-series) and Gran Turismo styles, not to mention a range of coupes. And don't forget that BMW is also moving its Mini brand up in size a few notches, most recently with the Countryman.

The 1 Series GT (which may or may not be pictured above, an image that reportedly came from an unknown UK magazine...) would almost surely be front-wheel drive, as the German automaker is known to be working on such an architecture for its smallest, entry-level models and it would offer the most efficient use of space. All-wheel drive could potentially be offered as an option, as the platform is expected to support such an arrangement.

Yes, BMW's rumored lineup clearly leaves lots of room to offer something for just about any – and we do mean any – potential buyer.

[Source: German Car Forum]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Please bring back the E46 Touring. I would buy one right now if I could find one with a stick and sport pack.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hmm.interesting....will be good like other BMWs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks more like a jelly bean than the one that's out now!
      Mtnskier
      • 3 Years Ago
      The vehicle it most resembles is an old Chevy Malibu Maxx. I say they keep working on the design.....
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since BMW apparently has a lot of time on its hands,

      I'd really like to see an 8 series revival (the ugly 6 series doesn't cut it for me, sorry), and perhaps a range topper to rival the SLS?
      • 3 Years Ago
      krrr... enough with the useless cars. Why not develop something I'd actually buy? Another manly sedan or a large SUV to compete with Audi Q7 or Merc GL.

      Enough with the baby-sized cars...
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'd have cross shopped a BMW 1-series hatchback against the VW Golf. I'd certainly have justified some extra $$ for it since it's RWD.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like it's the size of the old 3-series wagon. erm "Touring" in BMW-speak.

      I wonder if the US will get it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Any potential buyer? I have an E30, and I'd like an updated version of it that retains the wheelbase, RWD, and overall dimensions (mostly in the weight category...
      • 3 Years Ago
      thats what happens when a Dodge Journey and Mercedes B-class hook up. I still like it though. Gives me another option when im 55 and prefer comfort and functionality over speed and handling.
      • 3 Years Ago
      My only question is why would it most certainly be front wheel drive if the 1 series is already out with rear wheel drive?
      • 3 Years Ago
      FWD = no sale.
        • 3 Years Ago
        This image looks like a KIA Forte 5-door.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Will it be in the shop as much as the other BMW's ? I will always love the M3
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