BMW: six new front-wheel-drive models to look out for
Next 1 Series hatchback
FAAR underpinnings will encourage a gradual shift towards front-wheel drive power for BMW’s smaller models
The next BMW 1 Series is the first of six upcoming models due to switch to new front-wheel drive underpinnings called FAAR (Frontantriebsarchitektur).
Each will come with either two or all-wheel drive. We run through what to expect in the list below.
1 Series hatchback
The first model to benefit from the new FAAR platform. Insiders indicate that it will again be offered with the choice of three and five-door layouts.
2 Series Gran Turismo
Instead of the China-made front-driven 1 Series saloon, BMW will offer Europe a FAAR-based model that’s likely to be a saloon-cum-hatchback.
2 Series Active Tourer
BMW’s first dedicated front-wheel-drive model will switch from its existing UKL platform to the new FAAR architecture in 2021.
2 Series Gran Tourer
The successor to today’s 2 Series Gran Tourer is due in 2021. Plans are for a more luxurious model with improved comfort and space.
The FAAR platform will play a key role in BMW’s electric car line-up. Pencilled in for 2022 is a junior SUV model conceived as an i3 successor.
Having made the switch from rear-wheel drive to BMW’s UKL platform in 2016, it is no surprise that the next-gen X1 will use the FAAR platform.
Source: Autocar Online