BMW AG board member for sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, has confirmed a production version of the Active Tourer concept will go on sale in the United States in early 2015.

BMW AG board member for sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, has confirmed a production version of the Active Tourer concept will go on sale in the United States in early 2015.

Likely to receive the 1-Series GT moniker, the new model will adopt a front-wheel drive layout and is going to share its engines with the recently introduced MINI. A seven-seat variant is also in the works with an extended wheelbase to accommodate a third row of seats.

With the introduction of a production Active Tourer, Ian Robertson believes BMW will be able to attract new customers "out of the premium segment and from some of the volume players."

The next generation of the regular 1-Series will be introduced in 2017 and will utilize this new platform which was also designed to be compatible with an AWD arrangement. Automotive News says the 1-Series lineup will be expanded with a sedan version designed primarily for United States and China. 

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BMW 1-Series GT confirmed for early 2015 U.S. launch, next-gen 1-Series in 2017