Video: 2014 BMW 1 Series (FWD) prototype spotted on Nurburgring

BMW has been spotted testing a prototype version of the 2014 BMW 1 Series GT hatch. The model will be BMW’s first-ever front-wheel drive car to hit the market (aside from the MINI Cooper).

2014 BMW 1 Series FWD prototype

BMW is changing up the current model structure and will soon call all two-door BMW 3 Series models (coupe/convertible) the BMW 4 Series. Likewise, BMW’s current 1 Series two-door range is set to be bumped up to be called the 2 Series.

As for the 1 Series nameplate, well, it’s believed it will be assigned to a new entry-level lineup, including various small-segment hatchbacks including a ‘GT’ as seen here.

Built on the company’s new UKL platform, which will also underpin the next-gen MINI Cooper models, the architecture incorporates a front-wheel drive layout. This will be the first time in history BMW will adopt such a configuration.

Specific details on possible engine options are yet to be confirmed, however, the new 1.5-litre TwinPower turbocharged three-cylinder is very likely as at least an option. It’s able to produce anywhere from 90kW to 165kW.

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Click play below for a glimpse at how the new entry-level model handles the treacherous Nurburgring.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.