A new report issued by Auto Bild states both the BMW 1-Series and 2-Series will make the switch to a front-wheel drive layout for the next generation.

A new report issued by Auto Bild states both the BMW 1-Series and 2-Series will make the switch to a front-wheel drive layout for the next generation.

While a next-gen 1-Series with FWD isn’t really big news, it comes as a surprise that BMW wants to make the 2-Series front-wheel drive as well. The process has already started with the 2-Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer MPVs as these two ride on the front-wheel drive UKL platform shared with the latest X1. In addition, the forthcoming 1-Series Sedan for China will also have a standard front-wheel drive layout.

The news regarding more front-wheel drive BMWs based on a MINI will certainly upset purists, but it seems BMW has set its sights on making its entry-level models FWD with the possibility of getting optional xDrive. It will be interesting to see whether these new models with a front-wheel drive layout will receive performance focused derivatives later on in the life cycle.

It will be a while until the 1-Series and 2-Series will get a new generation as the former was recently facelifted, while the latter came out only last year. The current RWD 2-Series Coupe is believed to spawn a Gran Coupe version slated to come out in 2019, but BMW hasn’t confirmed the news just yet.

Note: 2015 BMW 1-Series facelift official sketch pictured.

Source: Auto Bild via bmwblog.com

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