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SPIED! BMW 1 Series GT

2011-07-05 13:09

SPOTTED: Our spy photographers spotted BMW's 1 Series GT undergoing testing.

BMW has developed many crossover niche vehicles in recent years; in June 2010 we reported on the German automaker’s 6 Series Gran Coupe. Now it seems BMW has targeted its 1 Series as the basis for new crossover vehicle – The 1 Series GT.

Our spy photographers spotted the new model undergoing testing and from our images it looks set to receive styling changes based on our spy images of the new 1 Series.

The vehicle is much larger than shown in our pics and, though it sports 1 Series styling, the GT does not resemble anything within the BMW model line-up. In fact this hatchback/SUV crossover sports Audi A3-like proportions and influence from the Mercedes-Benz B-Class.


Though the five-door GT in our spy pics is heavily disguised, you can make out the greater ground clearance and sharp angular rear window.

The new model will compete with the Mercedes B-class and Volkswagen Golf Plus. The 1 Series GT will also share its platform with the next generation Mini Cooper (2013). BMW chairman Norbert Reithofe said: "For these new vehicles (the new BMW and Mini) we are developing a common architecture for front and all-wheel drive."
The 1 Series GT will be launched in 2013.

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