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Upcoming FWD BMWs will share Mini architecture

Automotive News reports on BMW's plans to build front-wheel-drive vehicles.

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A computer rendering of how BMW's front-drive crossover might look. Larson/AUTOBILD ALLRAD

Purists still find it hard to believe that BMW plans a range of front-wheel-drive vehicles, the first-ever for the brand. But it's true--and more details are emerging.

German publication Automobilwoche says the entry-level range will debut in 2013, starting with a lineup consisting of three- and five-door cars, a small crossover, a roadster, and a compact van. They'll be based on a new modular architecture shared with BMW's Mini brand.

Automobilwoche also offered a few styling details. For instance, the crossover version won't have BMW's famed Hofmeister kink in its rear seat windows or feature a continuous shoulder line, another departure from BMW tradition

BMW needs the small cars to meet new federal fuel economy and European C02 standards. The new family will be powered by a turbocharged 2-liter, four-cylinder gasoline engine that debuts next year, and BMW's current 2-liter diesel. They may also get the new 1.5-liter, three-cylinder gasoline and diesel engines that are under development.

It's not clear whether BMW will bring all derivatives to the United States. Only the coupe and convertible versions of the 1 series, BMW's current entry-level range, are sold here.

(Source: Automotive News)