Our spy shooters have caught a new FAST BMW testing that's rumored to hit the market in late 2015. Sadly, the word fast in that last sentence isn't describing the car's performance; instead it's an acronym that stands for Family Active Sports Tourer. Talk about a case of false advertising.

Despite it's speedy name, the FAST doesn't look ready to set any Nürburgring lap records. It rides on BMW's modular, front-wheel drive UKL platform that underpins the current generation Mini Cooper, upcoming 2 Series Active Tourer and next X1. According to our spies, its design is supposed to blend the looks of a wagon and a CUV on the outside with a large, useful interior. Conceivably, it could be offered with the hybrid system from the 2 Series, as well.

The new prototype definitely shares the styling of its front-wheel-drive BMW siblings. Up to the A-pillar, it looks pretty similar to what we know about the future X1. But the FAST has a more arched profile and lower ride height compared to the crossover's chunkier, more conventional design.


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      mikeybyte1
      • 5 Months Ago
      BMW is FAST on its way to having so many FWD based products that they quickly lose the allure of being the Ultimate Driving Machine. How long before owners of 5 and 7 series sedans get tired of waiting in line behind all of these "kids" with their $30k FWD wagons? They may increase sales by moving down market but long term it will tarnish the brand to the extent that suddenly anyone can get a BMW.
        jessesrq
        • 5 Months Ago
        @mikeybyte1
        Pretty much anyone can already get a BMW. The current 320i lease offer is $309/month. And frankly, when I see someone in a "stripper" 320i next to me in a more expensive BMW, I think: good for him, he values driving dynamics, efficiency and safety over lots of options on a lesser car.
      MrMonkaroo
      • 5 Months Ago
      Can someone say "Brand Dilution"...why do they need another CUV?
        FuelToTheFire
        • 5 Months Ago
        @MrMonkaroo
        How is it brand dilution? Just because YOU don't like it?
          ChaosphereIX
          • 5 Months Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          no, because it is. are you trying to tell me this new X1.5 will be an ultimate driving machine? The sporty alternative to the lesser marques? I think not. That is brand dilution.
      Andre Neves
      • 5 Months Ago
      Soon, when visiting a BMW showroom, you will be required to enter a theater room to watch an "introduction to our line-up" video before speaking to a salesman so that the customer is better educated. Running time for such a video would be between 60-90mins.
      david.bergman1
      • 5 Months Ago
      Or this could just be another new X1 mule.
      Eta Carinae
      • 5 Months Ago
      And bmw makes another whirl around the drain.....
      mahalo5000
      • 5 Months Ago
      Someday, we'll look back and try to figure out when, exactly, the BMW brand jumped the shark. My take... It was when BMW got caught up in a sales war with Daimler and decided to start using the even numbers to fill in their lineup. Big mistake.
      cpmanx
      • 5 Months Ago
      Eventually, utilizing the technologies of 3D printing and user-generated CAD, BMW will be able to design a unique car for each buyer. You will walk into the showroom and specify your parameters: what percent X (SUV), what percent M (performance), what percent coupe, and length (defined by series number). So you'll be able to order, for instance, a 0.4537X 3.2889-series 0.5356M 0.7215Gran Coupe with 3.644 doors Then, and only then, will their work be done.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 5 Months Ago
      Go home BMW...you're drunk!
      Joey
      • 5 Months Ago
      So BMW is creating a body style in between a wagon and a crossover? Talk about creating niches! There's now: Sedan (3, 5, 7 Series) Coupe (2, 4, 6, i8 Series) Wagon (3, 5 Series) Hatchback (1, i3 Series) Gran Touring (2, 3, 5 Series) Gran Coupe (4, 6 Series) CUV (X1, X3, X4) SUV (X5, X6, X7) FAST When will this madness stop?
      hboi18
      • 5 Months Ago
      so X2? so BMW will have 2,3,4,5,6,7, X1,X2,X3,X4,X5,X6,X7 holy ****
      SethG
      • 5 Months Ago
      BMW is certainly leveraging its reputation to sell all kinds of stuff. Just have to wonder what this is going to do to that reputation. Ford can't sell a $100K sedan because it's brand is also used on cars like the C-Max. Now BMW is going to try to do both. It will probably work out initially. We'll see if it can keep it up.
      cpmanx
      • 5 Months Ago
      How can it be profitable for BMW to slice the market so thin? I'd be curious to hear how they make this into a productive business strategy. It's certainly a baffling one from where I sit.
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