According to a recent report, the first modern front-wheel drive BMW will be launched in 2014. Details inside

New details are starting to emerge about BMW's front-wheel drive platform.

Automotive News is reporting the chassis - code named the UKL - will be launched in late 2013 on the next-generation MINI Cooper. It will be followed, in 2014, by a BMW variant that is roughly the same size as the MINI. Eventually, the platform will underpin six to nine new models but it remains unclear what body styles will be offered.

Under the hood, power will likely be provided by a variety of three- and four-cylinder engines. More importantly, since BMW recently signed a front-wheel drive hybrid sharing agreement with PSA Peugeot Citroen, we can expect a fuel-sipping option to be available as well.

Despite the car's entry-level price tag, BMW is being cautious about sales estimates. According to Jim O'Donnell, CEO of BMW North America, U.S. sales are likely total less than 10,000 units annually.

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