BMW To Build MINI-Platformed "0-Class"

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BMW's always said they'd never build a front-wheel-drive car or platform prostitute a BMW off the MINI platform. Now, according to Car Magazine, BMW's apparently reversed themselves on both, greenlighting a MINI-derived "0-Series" lineup that'll go on sale in 2013.

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What we know so far is this new "0-Series," dubbed UKL1, for Untere Kompaktklasse (lower compact class), is designed to go head-to-head with the new Audi A1 and the Mercedes A-Class and be based oin the third-generation MINI. The "0-Series" will supposedly come in three different body styles: a three-door hatch, five-door hatch and a two-seat roadster.

Under the hood will be brand-spankin' new three- and four-cylinder engined and may even be built in Oxford on the same assembly lines as the MINI.

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WTH? Just how far downmarket can a luxury manufacturer go. I thought MINI was supposed to to be their "premium" small car. OTOH I'm sure there will be some who will just buy it for that oh so coveted roundel.

But a front drive BMW? Not for my money. Even if it were AWD I couldn't buy it because it wouldn't be a real BMW in my mind. Now a new 318ti, that I'd buy. As long as it wasn't some bloated monstrosity a-la the current 128/135.