BMW 1-Series Gran Turismo In The Works: Report

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2013 BMW 1-Series GT rendering

2013 BMW 1-Series GT rendering

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Rumors of new body styles to come with the next generation of the BMW 1-Series have been brewing since at least 2009. We even brought you a rendering of what a 1-Series Gran Turismo might look like last summer (also pictured above). This summer, the rumors about the car are heating up once again.

Like the 5-Series GT and the upcoming 3-Series GT, the 1-Series GT is expected to get a body that's somewhere between a hatchback and a wagon with some unique cargo and passenger options. Based on the same platform as the rest of the 1-Series as well as the third-generation MINI line, it will take on competition from Audi in Europe, but would stand alone should it come to the U.S. It's also expected to be front-wheel drive, hinting that this "1-Series GT" is part of the renamed 1-Series lineup, with the 1-Series we currently know becoming the 2-Series.

Previous rumors include talk of engine downsizing for the upcoming 1-Series, with 1.4 to 2.0-liter four-cylinders, both turbo and naturally aspirated, to dominate the range. In the U.S., the inline six-cylinders will continue forward as well, and the smallest of the fours may not be offered. The 2.0-liter TwinPower turbocharged four-cylinder coming to the Z4 sDrive28i and BMW X1 xDrive28i is almost a certainty, however.

As many as three other new variants could join the 1-Series range with the next iteration of the platform, including a shooting brake, a wagon and a roadster.

The new 1-Series should be on sale for the 2013 model year, with the 1-Series GT arriving by 2014.


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Comments (3)
  1. Honestly I haven't seen anybody buy this 5 Series "GranTurismo" SUV cum coupe junk.. so what's the point in making the space even smaller on a 1 Series.

  2. The 1-series is growing on me the more I look at it.

  3. i saw a guy driving the 5series GT. It looks ungainly and awkward and bulbous for all the wrong reasons. And the guy who was driving it looked genuinely embarresed to be drving it and had handed over the cash for such a horrible car !

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