BMW Brings FWD 1 Series to the U.S.

By | August 04, 2014
For the 2017 model year, we can expect to see a front-whee-drive version of the 1 Series sedan. The third generation 1 Series will be gunning for the likes of the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA. Underpinned by the new UKL architecture, the new 1 Series will now be able to support both front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive configurations. The rear-wheel drive option will no longer be offered. But the 1 Series isn't the only model in the BMW lineup that will be getting a new architecture. The next offerings of rear-wheel drive vehicles from the luxury automaker will be underpinned by the 35up platform, which will find a home on the 3, 5, 6, and 7 Series models. The 7 Series will be the first model to use the new platform, and is set for a redesign next year.
Smaller, front-wheel drive cars will use the UKL architecture shared with the Mini brand. The 2 Series Active Tourer will be the first to show off this new platform, with the 1 Series being the next offering. However, both the UKL and 35up platforms will also offer all-wheel drive variants in the near future. But BMW has more plans in the works to strengthen its lineup. The company plans to invest $1 billion to expand its Spartanburg, S. C. plant to accommodate a new model, the X7 full-sized SUV. Another $1 billion will be used to build a new plant in Mexico to build the next-gen 3 Series sedans and a future front-wheel-drive compact. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)