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Spy Photos: BMW FWD hatchback prototype surprised in action

It’s been already known that BMW is working on a new front-wheel drive model designed to enter the market most likely by the end of 2013. The new entry-level German model is a five-door hatchback and today we face the first spy photos of the model in question. BMW’s new front-wheel drive model which is under development already caused some modifications in the range as the Germans recently trademarked the “M2″ moniker both in Germany and the United States.

BMW front-wheel drive prototype

BMW front-wheel drive prototype

This decision has been taken in order to ensure that the future 1 Series generation will have a name, this is how the future 2 Series range will appear. Of course, the new front-wheel drive model will take the place of the current 1 Series range as its dimensions are slightly smaller than the 2012 BMW 1 Series, a model completely revealed yesterday.

BMW front-wheel drive prototype

BMW front-wheel drive prototype

According to the first details, BMW will develop a 2 Series hatchback, a Coupe version that most likely will be codenamed F22, a convertible variant known as F23 and of course the sportier version, M2. Don’t rush to think that the future 2 Series range will be unveiled too soon as the patent filing is not necessary announcing that the model is quite close to production or even development but however, the Germans need to have the trademarks before anyone else in order to avoid any conflicts.

Back to the new BMW FWD prototype spied for the first time, we have to tell you that the details are few, mainly considering the early stage of the development process. This statement is also strengthened by the fact that the German model is wearing a thick layer of camouflage, the distinctive features being hard to distinguish at the momen

BMW front-wheel drive prototype

BMW front-wheel drive prototype

However, according to an older statement of Norbert Reithofe, BMW Chairman, the new BMW FWD model will share the same platform with the MINI model of the British subsidiary. Largely, these are the details on the new front-wheel drive model for now but expect to find more in the coming months as the upcoming model will be subjected to a large amount of tests from now. Take a look at the spy photos above and tell us if you see any distinctive features which characterize the new German model.

BMW front-wheel drive prototype

BMW front-wheel drive prototype

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