BMW CAT, spied undergoing testing at the Nurburgring. The CAT will be available in five-seat form first, and is set to go on sale in mid-2014.
First revealed at the Paris Motor Show,
it was initially suggested that the CAT - short for Concept Active
Tourer - was to be titled the BMW 1 Series GT. However, BMW has
confirmed to Auto Express that the CAT will in fact become part of the 2
Series family, although whether it will be badged 2 Series GT is still
yet to be confirmed.
The first 2 Series model will be the Coupe, which will arrive at the Detroit Motor Show in January next year, alongside the 4 Series Convertible. Both of these cars will go on sale here in March 2014.
Whatever it's called, the new BMW will become the firm's first
front-wheel drive car, as it is underpinned by its new UKL front-wheel
drive platform that'll debut with the new MINI in November.
The CAT will be available as a five seater first, with a seven-seater
joining the range in late 2014. The five-seater will rival the Mercedes B-Class, but the seven-seater has no direct opposition as yet, although Audi is said to be considering an MPV version of the A3.
To accommodate the extra pair of seats, the seven-seat version will
have a slightly longer rear overhang. It'll feature larger rear doors to
make access to the third row of seats easier, too.
Under the bonnet will be BMW's new modular 1.5-litre three-cylinder
turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, while a version of the hybrid
system used on the concept car in Paris is also expected. For more details click here.
Thanks to: Auto Express