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BMW Preparing 7-Seat 1 Series GT

BMW's upcoming tall hatchback is set to spawn a 7-seater variant.

The car that previewed in Paris as the Concept Active Tourer, later adopting the 1 Series GT moniker, is apparently going to spawn a longer 7-seater variant. Both cars have now been spied wearing full camo, and compared to the stock 1 GT these latest spy shots show the long-wheelbase version has longer rear doors and overhang. The end is also more upright, hinting at a roomier interior. The 1 Series GT will be BMW’s first front-wheel drive model, underpinned by the new UKL1 platform to be shared with all baby Bimmers and Minis.

It will likely come with 3-cylinder, 4-cylinder and hybrid powertrain options. The plug-in hybrid eDrive system on the concept model paired a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine driving the front wheels with an electric motor powering the rear wheels when necessary. Rated at 190 horsepower, the powertrain is said to be good for a 0-62 sprint time of eight seconds. The baby 5-seater is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Car Show in September, with the 7-seater following around 6 months later, perhaps at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

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