BMW Working on a \”0 Series\”?

Car Magazine is reporting that BMW will leverage the new MINI platform (itself based on the modular 1 Series platform) for a smaller BMW. The big news for BMW enthusiasts is that Car is reporting this new car will be front wheel drive – a first for BMW and something that goes against the core brand values up until now. The Untere Kompaktklasse (German for lower compact class) will slot between the MINI and the 1 Series and will be marketed with efficiency as it ‘s main attribute. Likely featuring BMW ‘s new range of 3 and 4 cylinder engines, the 0 Series will help the BMW Group meet new CO2 and MPG requirements both in the US and Europe. While BMW will be counting on MINI to help as well, the thought is that some customers would prefer a small premium product from the BMW brand. For these people the 0 Series will offer all the technology found in other small BMWs in a smaller more efficient package. According to sources driving dynamics will more closely mirror what we see in the current MINI range.

According to Car, this smaller BMW will form the basis of 2 and 4 door hatchback models as well as a two door roadster. We ‘d also assume that BMW would be using this model as the basis of at least one electric or hybrid model as part of its Project i.

What does this mean for the MINI? A lot really. First off this is the fruits of BMW ‘s decision to go it alone with future MINI development (at least that we know of at this time). BMW decided earlier this year to take advantage of economies of scale with the next MINI ‘s development by sharing components with future BMW products. This should give MINI more technology and a higher degree of development time and cost for the new model.

Look for the 0 Series to debut generally around the time the 3rd generation

The first photo is courtesy of Jalopnik. The Car Magazine story that much of this information comes from isn ‘t yet online. However you can buy the magazine at book stores now.

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  • PocoToro

    If I wanted a FWD BMW I’d just buy a MINI A FWD car bigger than the MINI and smaller than the 1 Series would be better sold as a MINI/MAXI

  • Bimmer1

    FWD…I think I’m going to puke now. Talk about diluting brand values!

  • txdesign

    Wow, a subcategory of a subcategory. If BMW models would not get bigger with every generation there would be no need add new models at the bottom. The 3-series is now as big as the 5 series was two generations ago. WHY?

  • Did any else pick up on the “0” being a substitute for “NO” so this car could be called the “No Class”…

    I have little belief that this car will be built in FWD format and if it is- BMW has then hopped on the Audi band wagon.

    -M

  • JonPD

    Lets hope your right Michael. A FWD BMW is a bad joke on the best of days and something much worse on the worse days.

  • RJ

    Thing is…..ask many current, non-enthusiast BMW owners if their BMWs are rear wheel drive or FWD, and I bet many wouldn’t be able to tell you. Same thing…ask what kind of engine their 3er has, and I bet you might get the answer…”It’s a V6″.

    Soooo…..I would guess that many potential BMW ‘0′ series owners couldn’t care less if it’s RWD or FWD…as long as it has the spinning propeller up front.

  • Les

    I bet it would be far more efficient than a RWD, and that’s what BMW is looking toward. If they put a 4 cylinder turbo diesel in it, this thing would sell like hotcakes. It would be perfect for people looking to downsize, get great MPG, and still stay in some sort of class. I say bravo BMW.

  • Bimmer1

    Well FWD is not really any more efficient than RWD except for maybe a very small amount of drivetrain energy lost due to the driveshaft mass. The difference is moot. I’m having a hard time even believing this is reliable information. I have serious doubts.

  • I call pure BS on this once and for all- This is the next generation MINI, which we know will be built on the new modular platform. CAR is from the UK… enough said.

  • JonPD

    Call me happy then Michael

  • Luis

    A FWD BMW?!?! I just don’t believe it! And I don’t really want to believe it!… Cheers!

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