BMW is looking to base several small cars off of MINI products in the years ahead. The one we ‘ve mentioned on the site numerous times is the BMW 1001 – based off of the next generation MINI hatchback. Another that has had just some passing mentions both here and on MotoringFile is the 1 Series Gran Turismo. Seen here poorly photoshopped via a UK magazine, the 1er GT will be based off of the Countryman platform and will be strictly FWD.
The idea is to create more interior room by doing two things; basing it off of FWD architecture and eliminating the transmission tunnel and raising the roof and belt-line for a semi-command seating position. However if you ‘re in the US don ‘t expect to see any FWD cars wearing the Roundel anytime soon.