Latest spy shots reveal interior of front-wheel-drive 1-series GT — and a choice of wheelbases for five and seven-seat options
13 June 2013

These latest spy shots of the BMW 1-series GT show the interior of the car for the first time. Only the steering wheel appears to remain unchanged from the current 1-series, with most panels being redesigned in some way.

The CD/radio unit has undergone a major redesign, while the AC controls have been moved to behind the gearbox.

The as-yet-unconfirmed LWB version was also recently caught testing in Germany - ahead of a planned 2015 sale date. The car will act as a rival to the Mercedes-Benz B-class.

The key differences from the standard-wheelbase version, which was previewed as the BMW Concept Active Tourer at the 2012 Paris motor show, are longer rear doors and an extended roof. This indicates that the added length will be used to increase rear-seat accommodation.

With all of the driveline components sited up front, the modifications required for the extension in length are predominantly structural. 

Secrecy surrounds launch plans for the 1-series GT, although the indications are that it will make its public debut in standard-wheelbase guise at next year’s Geneva motor show, with the extended-wheelbase model set to follow it into UK showrooms in 2015.

The decision to develop the 1-series GT with two different wheelbases comes after Mercedes-Benz halted development of a long-wheelbase version of the second-generation B-class. 

The long-wheelbase version of the 1-series GT is considered crucial to making the new car — BMW’s first dedicated front-wheel-drive model — appeal to Chinese, Russian and US car buyers. 

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3 June 2013

BMW have finally joined the rest of the herd then?

Peter Cavellini.

3 June 2013

A similarly oversized 7 seater MINI on the same platform?

3 June 2013

Does anyone know if this is any smaller than an X3?  

Each generation gets bigger, meaning that soon they'll need a -1 Series to fit below the 1 Series.  The current 3 is already bigger than the original 5.

3 June 2013

RogerGraham wrote:

Each generation gets bigger, meaning that soon they'll need a -1 Series to fit below the 1 Series.  The current 3 is already bigger than the original 5.

Weird that you should say that since I was thinking exactly the same thing just yesterday when I saw a 1-series hatch drive by. The 1 is about the same size as the E36 3-series and chances are the future generations of 1 will only get larger and -1 series was the thing that popped into my head for a smaller car to slot below the enlarged 1-series. -:)

3 June 2013

Overdrive wrote:

RogerGraham wrote:

Each generation gets bigger, meaning that soon they'll need a -1 Series to fit below the 1 Series.  The current 3 is already bigger than the original 5.

Weird that you should say that since I was thinking exactly the same thing just yesterday when I saw a 1-series hatch drive by. The 1 is about the same size as the E36 3-series and chances are the future generations of 1 will only get larger and -1 series was the thing that popped into my head for a smaller car to slot below the enlarged 1-series. -:)

interesting... under this new naming strategy, would the -3 be the size of a VW Up? The -6 could be a modern rival for a Caterham - tasty!

3 June 2013

How will BMW keep their "desirability factor" if they make mingers like this ?

3 June 2013

Uncle Mellow wrote:

How will BMW keep their "desirability factor" if they make mingers like this ?

What desirability factor, they lost that when they decided to chase fleet sales and answer to the bean counter, they are the new Ford/Vauxhall, ultimate driving machine they are not. 

13 June 2013

Citytiger wrote:

What desirability factor, they lost that when they decided to chase fleet sales and answer to the bean counter, they are the new Ford/Vauxhall, ultimate driving machine they are not. 

So, 'they decided to chase fleet sales' and produced the new 3-series, widely regarded as one of the best-ever cars in its class; they also continue to produce one of the most diverse ranges of vehicles (about to become even more diverse) by any manufacturer and remain independent family-owned. I'm no BMW fan, but they're doing OK thus far.

Oh, and 'Ultimate Driving Machine'? That tagline disappeared from their advertising ages ago. Do keep up.

 

13 June 2013

kraftwerk wrote:

Oh, and 'Ultimate Driving Machine'? That tagline disappeared from their advertising ages ago. Do keep up.

No. It didn't.

http://www.bmw.co.uk


13 June 2013

Winston Churchill wrote:

No. It didn't.

http://www.bmw.co.uk

Yes. It did. The tagline is Pure Driving Pleasure these days. Or some variant thereof.

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