BMW Planning to Build 12 Cars on UKL Platform
The front-wheel drive architecture has a lot of potential, 12 models in total could be underpinned by the UKL.
"In the '90s we broke with tradition when we began selling SUVs along with our sedans. Customers realized they could get the driving dynamics BMW is renowned for from an SUV. We will see the same transition happening with front-wheel drive," BMW's product manager for front-wheel drive vehicles told Automotive News.
"One of the big advantages of UKL is that we are able to launch a lot of products almost simultaneously because we are doing the engineering at once," added BMW sales and marketing chief Ian Robertson.
Up to 12 cars will b built on the UKL platform within the next eight to ten years. Klaus Draeger, BMW's head of purchasing, said this will include a larger hatchback and a small SUV. Previous reports said the next X1 will be FWD, though it’s still to early to tell. A 1-Series notchback sedan is on the way in 2016, and MINI will likely underpin many more models on the UKL, including an MPV.