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      02-03-2013, 12:22 PM   #1
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Does anyone think the BMW 1 F20 is going to be replaced soon?

the reason I ask this is the dealer told me BMW were going to release front wheel drive cars soon and I am guessing this relates to the BMW 1 series so I am guessing a make over is coming too?

is this true or am I just talking rubbish?
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      02-03-2013, 12:41 PM   #2
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I don't think it will happen soon, but I think the F20/F21 will be the last RWD hatchback in the world.
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      02-03-2013, 01:55 PM   #3
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the reason I ask this is the dealer told me BMW were going to release front wheel drive cars soon and I am guessing this relates to the BMW 1 series so I am guessing a make over is coming too?

is this true or am I just talking rubbish?
There'll be a facelift in a couple of years and the model will probably be discontinued 2020-ish I would have thought.

I would have imagined that BMW will introduce FWD with the new sport tourer or whatever they call it, doubt they'll go completely cold-turkey on the 1er.
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      02-03-2013, 03:27 PM   #4
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The F20 won't be going anywhere for another 5 years at least, and I doubt there's going to be a FWD of it version in the works because the engine is mounted the wrong way for it. Any front wheeled BMW will surely be a supermini to compete with the A1 and B Class, sharing the platform of the new Mini would support this. I don't think the next gen 1er will drop RWD either tbh, it's their USP in the sector.
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The F20 won't be going anywhere for another 5 years at least, and I doubt there's going to be a FWD of it version in the works because the engine is mounted the wrong way for it. Any front wheeled BMW will surely be a supermini to compete with the A1 and B Class, sharing the platform of the new Mini would support this. I don't think the next gen 1er will drop RWD either tbh, it's their USP in the sector.
Scott26 pretty much confirmed that the F20/F21 is the last RWD hatch.
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      02-04-2013, 10:00 AM   #6
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The F20/F21 hatch will run the usual ~7-7.5 years with a LCI after aprox. 3-3.5 years.
That means that the current 1 Series will run until ~end of 2018 / beginning of 2019.
Until then the 1 Series hatch will NOT switch to FWD obviously.

The next 1 Series (F46) on the other hand will run on the new UKL plattform which will be used by the grown Mini Cooper too and I guess you know what that means regardign FWD.

But for now: No worries until ~2019.
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      02-05-2013, 05:09 AM   #7
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If the next 1 series will be FWD, on which platform would be built the next 2 series?
I hope they'll remain RWD!
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      02-05-2013, 07:43 AM   #8
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I had this exact conversation with my local dealer on Saturday (2nd Feb 13) and they told me the new 1 series has a 7 year life-cycle (as do all BMW's) and to expect a mid-life 'face-lift' in 3 years or so - all the journalism around BMW is suggesting this will be the last RWD hatch as the 'common customer' wouldn't even know the difference - shame really. Makes my upcoming F21 M sport all the more exciting
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