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BMW officially confirms front-wheel drive on future small cars

The day that many hardcore BMW fans have feared is upon us, as BMW’s chairman, Dr. Norbert Reithofer, has officially confirmed to the press the rumors that his company is researching a new small car platform capable of supporting front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive.

“[The small car] segment is expected to grow further. And we will take advantage of this opportunity. We are exploring the possibility of developing a joint architecture for the front and four-wheel drive systems of these cars. In other words: There will be front-wheel drive BMWs in the smaller vehicle classes in the future.”

*Gasp* The apocalypse is upon us! (just kidding). While many of you may worry about this prospect, the BMW exec says there’s you shouldn’t, as the FWD tech is going to be used only on small cars, and won’t appear for any of the current models, be it 1,3,5,6 or 7 Series.

Now only will the new platform allow BMW to enter the new premium small car segment, but also the goal which is bugging a lot of performance carmakers: reducing fleetwide CO2 emissions. In BMW’s case, the drop needs to be around 25 percent between 2008 and 2020.

So, has hell frozen over? We think not. It was bound to happen sooner or later, but before you cast judgment, let’s wait and see just how these new FWD small BMWs will handle and perform.

Source: BMW

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