The upcoming BMW 1-series is the first of six upcoming models which have been due to switch to new front-wheel-drive underpinnings, called FAAR (Frontantriebsarchitektur). Each of these models will come with either two-wheel or all-wheel drive. We run through what to expect in the list below
The 1-series hatch is the first model to benefit from the new FAAR platform. Insiders indicate that it will again be offered with the choice of three and five-door layouts.
2-series Gran Turismo
Instead of the China-made front-driven 1-series sedan, BMW will offer Europe a FAAR-based model that's likely to be a sedan-cum-hatchback.
2-series Active Tourer
BMW’s first dedicated front-wheel-drive model will switch from its existing UKL platform to the new FAAR architecture in 2021.
2-series Gran Tourer
The successor to today’s 2-series Gran Tourer is due in 2021. Plans are being made for a more luxurious model with improved comfort and space.
The FAAR platform will play a key role in BMW’s electric car line-up. Pencilled in for 2022 is a junior SUV model conceived as an i3 successor.
Having made the switch from rear-wheel drive to BMW’s UKL platform in 2016, it is no surprise that the next-gen X1 will use the FAAR platform.