BMW’s Front-Wheel Drive Offering Will Rise to Six Models by 2017

At the moment, BMW is offering just one front-wheel drive car, in the shape of the 2 Series Active Tourer. However, based on the spyshots we’ve been seeing and the information provided by our sources inside the company, things are far from over in the FWD department.
BMW X2 1 photo
After the launch of the Active Tourer, the Germans kept on sending a similar car out for tests but wearing heavy camouflage. It took us a while but we soon realized that this was a bigger variant of the original car, one that had room for two extra people. The 7-seat Active Tourer will be using the same platform and engines as its smaller brother and will be sold starting next year.

Two more new cars will begin life with FWD configurations in the near future. The rumored BMW X2 will be launched somewhere in 2017. This will be a front-wheel drive Sport Activity Coupe is a smaller packaging than the X4. It will also have 3 doors, including the tailgate.

The second new car from BMW that will be available in a front-wheel drive configuration will be the Z2 roadster that is supposed to come to life in 2017 as well, as a result of the collaboration between the Germans and Toyota. The new car would not be replacing the Z4 but rather offer a cheaper alternative, with less driver engagement.

Apart from all these new cars, two more will migrate to FWD configurations. The F48 X1 is all but confirmed right now as a front-wheel drive car, even though xDrive will also be available as optional. The UKL platform migration also means that the engines will be changed to the B-family of units that range from 1.5-liter to 3-liter plants.

Last but not least, the 1 Series will be going front-wheel drive as well now that the 2 Series Coupe will make sure people will still have fun in small BMWs with rear-wheel drive. The future 1er will also be built on the UKL platform and use the new engines. However, in this case, the change will be easier to make, as the entry-level cars were already using smaller plants than the rest of the line-up.
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