BMW planning 20 front-wheel-drive models

23 Nov, 2012 5:35pm Luke Madden

BMW and MINI are planning to release up to 20 front-wheel-drive models

BMW is planning to release as many as 20 different front-wheel-drive models, Auto Express has learned. The new models will use the same platforms as the next-generation MINI and the production version of the Concept Active Tourer.

“We’ve got plans to produce up to 20 new models on this platform. Not all of them have been approved yet – we’ve got approval on 10-12 new models,” said Ian Robertson, member of the board of management at BMW.

Although the first to arrive will be the new MINI Hatch, the firm is understood to be planning a range of MINI derivatives such as the Convertible, Coupe and Clubman models.

BMW’s offerings are thought to include the next-generation X1 crossover, a small convertible sports car that could be called Z2 and the next-generation 1 Series, which is set to arrive in 2017.