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BMW Heading Forward with FWD-Only Models

Leaving RWD behind for over a dozen new Mini and BMW models.

Starting with its upcoming European 2-Series Active Tourer, BMW is planning to launch 15 new Mini and BMW front-wheel-drive-only models. Don’t be alarmed, though: these models will come in addition to 30 rear-wheel drive models already offered or planned for future production by the company. Among the 15 FWD models, at least five will be BMWs, beginning with the small CUV/station wagon/whatever-it may-be 2-Series Active Tourer, set for its European unveiling in Geneva next month.

Like the Active Tourer, it isn’t clear if, and-when, any or all of these front-wheel drive models will reach American soil. The Tourer is earmarked mostly for European markets, but BMW says it may arrive in the US and Asia later on. They also promise that despite its drivetrain, the car will be all-BMW, delivering the “dynamism and athleticism” expected from the brand. Details about this model, and the other 14 FWD-ers, are still vague, but the Active Tourer Outdoor concept was described as a plug-in hybrid, powered by a 1.5-liter gasoline engine and electric motor with lithium-ion battery. We’ll still opt for a RWD M4, thanks.

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