The German manufacturer announced that a rear-wheel-drive sedan will be added to the BMW 1-series model range in 2015. This new sedan will compete with German front-wheel-drive rivals, the Audi A3 launching in the 2014 model year, and the Mercedes-Benz CLA, on sale next year. However, BMW gave no details on the engine or performance.
Currently, the BMW 1-series comprises 4 models, including a coupe and a convertible, both currently sold in North America and scheduled to be redesigned in 2014. Plus, two hatchback models (3- and 5-door) are also available on both sides of the pond.
According to a BMW source, the 1-series will switch to front-wheel-drive with a redesign in 8 years time. The plan is for it to share a new platform being developed for the Mini as well as for a new generation of BMW compacts.
Source: Automotive News