Rumor Mill: Paris Motor Show

Aug 9 • Concept, EfficientDynamics, F45 2 Series Active Tourer, Rumor6 Comments

BMW 1 GT Render

We are just over a month away from the Paris Motor Show, its September run alternates annually with the enormous Frankfurt show. BMW this year is said to make waves in France rather than wait until next year on its home turf, or in early 2013 at Geneva. Making waves, is putting it mildly- outside the huge announcement that was BMWi, this may be the biggest in the history of the BMW brand.

BMW will be changing the wheels its famed engines send power to and changing those famed engines at the same time. That ‘s right, the front wheel drive car we heard about more than two years ago is finally going to be shown to the world. The architecture it is based on will underpin many models as it is scalable and can be used in front, rear and all wheel drive applications in anything from a BMW, a MINI and even other brands. BMW is targeting the entry level premium buyer looking for a more efficient and compact vehicle, aiming directly at Mercedes Benz and the B Class. While the chassis, drivetrain, electronics and ancillaries will be shared between the 1 GT (as it is rumored to be called) and the next generation F56 MINI, the drive, and style will be individual. Like siblings these products will share many traits but they will be individuals in their own right and target different consumers.

We have also heard that BMW will unveil its latest range of Efficient Dynamics engine offerings- starting with a 3 cylinder. Using a .5l per cylinder the engine family will be scalable from the 3 up to an inline 6. New generations of valvetronic and double vanos are said to be shown by our sources and will increase the performance and efficiencies of all engines across the BMW lineup. Using BMW ‘s Twin Power approach, these engines will utilize turbo charing and direct injection to eek out everything they can. The 3 cylinders will range from 100hp up to over 200hp in multiple variants.

The Life Cycle Impulse of the BMW 7 Series will also be on display for the first time at an autoshow in addition to other face lifted models. We expect BMW to have an official announcement in regards to its Paris plans in the coming days so stay tuned.

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  • 03BeastCharmer

    I hope it doesn’t look like that rendering. Looks like a Honda Fit city car. I know it would probably work in Europe. But don’t see that as a successful car in the US. The new 1 series front and headlights still look odd to me. Not sure if they will grow on me as time passes. I do look forward to the 2 series RWD coupes. That could be the BMW driver’s car of the future. Smaller, lighter, and fun to drive!

    • BimmerFile_Michael

      The target of the FWD models is Europe, the small premium segment is where the growth is and Audi, MB have been wiping up there and many of their sales are actually in that segment. BMW amazingly enough does not have a product there yet and has had sales on par with MB for sometime. The combo of MINIs and FWD BMWs has a target production in the next 10 years of 600k units- impressive numbers and huge growth.

      The FWD BMWs will also allow MINI to be more profitable as economies of scale can be easily reached across the new shared platform.

  • mini vanilli

    WAIT! So this is the new 1 series?! And when people ask me what I drive (I have a current 1 series) and I say a 1 series THIS is going to be what they think Im driving?!?! Seriously?

    • 03BeastCharmer

      This is not the new 1 series. Check the F20 section for pictures of the new 1 series that has been out in Europe for the last year in hatchback form. This is like the 5GT sub-line, but in 1 series format. This is not what you’ll be offered in the US.

      • mini vanilli

        I disagree…the current one series/and new F20 will be released as a 2 series in the states. the new 1 series will be a FWD car…such as this one

        • BimmerFile_Michael

          The US will not see a “1 Series” this generation. The US had the opportunity to get the F20 and they declined it. The FWD car is designed for Europe. If the US was to see a version of this it would be in “Z2″ format or a coupe, but never a hatch/MPV. The F22 Coupe will be badged a 2 Series and will begin testing in the not so distant future and be bound stateside late 2013/ Spring 2014.

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