We know what you're thinking: Another day, another BMW bodystyle. Except this one's different.

The Bavarian automaker, much like its fellow German marques Audi and Mercedes-Benz, has exploded its product offerings with spinoffs of its established models. So the two-door 6 Series has bred a four-door GranCoupe version. The 5 Series, in addition to the sedan and wagon, has given us the oddly proportioned 5 Series Gran Turismo. But the upcoming 1 Series Gran Turismo is another kettle of fish in that it is not expected to share the small rear-drive platform with its recently revised namesake, but rather pack a new front-drive platform.

According to BMW Blog, the long-rumored 1 Series GT will finally make its debut next fall at the Paris Motor Show. When it does, the tall hatchback will be targeted directly at the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, slotting (in form at least) in between the existing 1 Series hatchback (pictured above) and X1 crossover. But if front-wheel drive isn't how you picture your BMW channeling its power, an all-wheel xDrive version is also tipped to be in the cards, as well as a hybrid model.

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      i fear the worst. i mean the new 1-series is ugly enough.
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      kill it before it lays eggs!
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      just when i thought BMW's couldnt get any uglier, they spring this on me. *facepalm*
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      I thought the regular 1 series was short and stubby. This is just ugly.
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      and people called the bangle bmws ugly. this thing looks like a cobbled together chinese knockoff
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        I hear ya. Bangle had some questionable designs, and even ruined a some models (7-Series, anyone?), but at least there were still some attractive models in BMW's lineup during his time there. These past few years, BMW has just been putting out uglier car after uglier car. I wonder what it's gonna take, and when, for them to get back on the right track.
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      If BMW is successful with this grotesqueness, I'll be freekin amazed....
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      does anyone really think ANY current BMW's looks exciting, like: ooo, that is SEXY - type exciting? ....maybe the 6 series....maybe. and an M3 of course. Chris Bangle did that "Flame Surfacing" thing.....and they have been lost ever since - now this new "i" design language is moving in, you can see a touch of it in the 3 Series where the headlights meet the kidneys. But I am not sold that the "i" language is successful in small doses..... Let's face it, they are all pretty much emotionless shells, so why get bent because the new One is ugly too - par for the course....
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      I miss Chris Bangle
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      The back end reminds of a VW, oddly enough. This thing is pretty ugly, though.
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      That's just not right..
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