5-door hatchback prototype spied testing in Germany is the upcoming FWD entry-level BMW.
This is the money shot set of spy pics - the upcoming 2013/2014 BMW FWD hatch.
This 5-door hatch prototype was spied yesterday by our intrepid spy photographers, along with the next-generation 2013 Mini Cooper with which the new BMW front-drive model will share a platform.
Both prototypes were spotted wearing the same camouflage and the new 5-door hatch prototype seen in the photos here doesn't match anything but a future entry-level BMW front-wheel drive model.
BMW Chairman Norbert Reithofe confirmed the shared FWD platform between MINI and BMW last year, saying in a speech: "For these new vehicles [the new BMW and MINI] we are developing a common architecture for both front and four-wheel drive."
The hatchback seen here certainly is showing the cab-forward design of a front-drive vehicle and it appears to have Golf-class/A3 like proportions. And the Audi A3 will certainly be one of this models main competitors, along with the upcoming Mercedes-Benz A-Class and B-Class, all of which are FWD-based vehicles.