Do you really think that such a multi-billion corporation as BMW will make a ''WRONG'' step into the future?!?!?
It is so simple and has already been proved. Did Mercedes bankrupt via A class or SMART??? Hell NO! This is one of the most profitable branches... As well as RWD eats too much costs for a budget, small size, town car. It is also proven that with the right LSD diff(for ex. Alfa Q2, Focus ST) even a 200hp threshold could be beaten.
In such tough financial years with the massively growing environmental restrictions every car manufacturer MUST add a low consumption, small size, budget car into its palette even an electric car will soon be a must in order every car company to be inside the CO2 average limitations.
If you do not like this idea or conception just look at it from another angle: in order to drive RWD or AWD BMW made by perfection there has to be a FWD down there in the chain/product mix.
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