A new era of front-wheel-drive BMW vehicles, riding on a platform that is to be shared with Mini and dubbed with the 1 Series GT moniker, is out in the world. Following closely the form set by the BMW Concept Active Tourer that we snapped in Paris this year.

The new small BMW has a revised roofline and A-pillar shape compared with the prototype vehicle we've seen testing in the past; not too surprising a revision as the vehicle transitions to something closer to its production form. These images also mark the first time that our spies in the field have observed twin exhaust pipes on the car, which may indicate that this is a higher-performance version of the 1 GT.

Expectation is that the powertrain lineup for this car, which shares underpinnings with the next-generation of Mini, too, will be quite varied. Three- and four-cylinder engines are expected, most likely in 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter forms, along with a hybrid powertrain, too. Expect to see the car in both front-wheel and all-wheel-drive flavors sometime after its debut by the summer of 2013.


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        Don G
        • 2 Years Ago
        Exactly what I was thinking. Definitely a vibe vibe...
      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      WHY IS BMW, so steam ho with this GT labeling......the design is ugly, and unnecessary since they offer wagons....come on BMW get a brain
      sinistro79
      • 2 Years Ago
      The enthusiasts are going to give BMW hell for this. The Alfa Romeo enthusiasts in America never forgave Alfa Romeo for switching to front-wheel-drive in the late 1980's and Alfa ended up leaving the country in 1995 altogether. The only thing that BMW can (possibly) ride on is the fact that their enthusiast base if full of idiots who would buy their cars because of the badge alone. This didn't work with Alfa Romeo because their consumers were a little smarter than that but it might just work out for BMW. Only time will tell.
        Tirac
        • 2 Years Ago
        @sinistro79
        The enthusiasts are irrelevant for BMW at this point when most of their consumer base are satisfied with what they are selling, only internet forum lurkers whom a lot of them would of bought the cars used anyways are complaining. Look we all want M3 performance for 30k but just because ford offers something close doesn't mean BMW feels the need to join in.
      ELG
      • 2 Years Ago
      and they think people like these "GT" aztek wannabes over a svelte and sexy wagon???? ugh....
      Steve
      • 2 Years Ago
      BMW is becoming less appealing everyday
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Steve
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          Dean
          • 2 Years Ago
          I think BMW did a survey a while back, and found that a majority of 1-Series owners didn't know whether or not their cars were front, or rear-wheel drive. Maybe they're trying to orient the 1-Series to that demographic. They'd be crazy to mess with the cars that are proven successes.
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      Brodz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know why they had to go and sully the BMW brand by making a FWD car. They should have just pumped more money into MINI, and expanded it's product line. Better MINI than BMW.
      LifeLongCarGuy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why call a hatchback a GT?
        BRKF06
        • 2 Years Ago
        @LifeLongCarGuy
        Because Americans are too dim to recognize it's a wagon (a sad one but still).
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          @BRKF06
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      rmkensington
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Ultimate Poser Machine
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's not too bad looking from what we can see - just not very BMW. You are spot on - it's a 2nd gen Matrix. But gosh darn it - it's the best handling 2nd gen Matrix ever!
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      This. Is. Wrong.
      Don G
      • 2 Years Ago
      Isn't this why they have Mini? I would think the same Mini shopper would consider a fwd 1 series, especially when they are on the same lot (or next door). I would imagine the price would be very similar. Why build a car to primarily compete with yourself?
      xspeedy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Going forward when people ask what makes BMWs so special, the only answer will be higher price.
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