Development work continues on the 2014 BMW 1-Series GT as our spies have caught the model undergoing testing on the Nürburgring.

Development work continues on the 2014 BMW 1-Series GT as our spies have caught the model undergoing testing on the Nürburgring.

Previewed by the Concept Active Tourer, the 1-Series GT is a five-door hatchback that will compete with the Mercedes B-Class. This particular prototype is heavily disguised, but the production model is expected to have a prominent grille, sweptback headlights and an upward sweeping shoulder line. There should also be wraparound taillights and a tailgate-mounted spoiler.

The 1-Series GT will ride on the company's new UKL platform which will also underpin the next-generation MINI Cooper. Front-wheel drive will be standard, but all-wheel drive could be optional.

Engine options remain unconfirmed, but the model is expected to be offered with the new 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder. BMW has previously confirmed the petrol units will have outputs ranging from 122-224 HP (90-165 kW), while the diesel will produce between 82-184 HP (60-135 kW).

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