Never say never. BMW’s CEO Norbert Reithofer revealed to the press that the Bavaria automaker is working on a new front wheel drive platform that will be underpin BMW’s future entry-level models measuring 3800mm to 4300mm. This could be the most shocking news of the decade to BMW enthusiasts out there. This new platform is expected to debut in the third generation MINI in 2014.
The company mentioned that the new entry level BMWs will sit below the 1-Series and assured that the 1-Series will maintain its rear wheel drive setup fortunately. However, this could be good news for future small BMWs as the interior space could be heavily sacrificed in order to accommodate the rear wheel drive configuration.
BMW claims that they are the 'Ultimate Driving Machine'. This claim shall be put to test when FWD BMW hits the road in about 4 yrs' time. Well, perhaps we should have some confidence with the BMW engineers. 10 years ago, there was no turbocharged BMWs. However, in recent years, BMW seemed to have perfected the art of turbocharging and the proof to this is that its 3.0L twin-turbocharged I-6 achieved its third consecutive spot on the Ward’s 10 Best Engines list last year.