Our spies have caught the BMW 1 Series Gran Turismo going about its handling testing business at the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife. The 1 Series GT follows BMW’s new GT series first started by the 5, and then the 3. We should see the little big car on our roads sometime in late 2014, if not early 2015.
According to spy reports, the car would either be offered as a 5 or 7-seat option, making it one hell of a long 1 Series. Another important departure will be the fact that it will be based on a front-wheel-drive platform, something BMW has always frowned upon but has now embraced as a quick solution to interior space constraints.
As for the engines, we expect the 1 GT to feature the company’s new 1.5-litre petrol and diesel turbos. The punchy 3-cylinder engines can produce anything between 90kW and 165kW in petrol guise, and 60kW to 135kW (330Nm) for the diesels.