Take a deep breath, brand purists: BMW is building a compact crossover. Our colleagues at Motor Trend snagged this photo of a camouflaged BMW FAST testing in Europe.
The FAST — which stands for Family Activity Sports Tourer — is expected to a small, front-wheel-drive crossover. It will be built on the upcoming UKL1 platform which will underpin as many as ten BMW and Mini products from 2013 onwards.The FAST may even have sliding rear doors in a nod to improved practicality. The UKL1 platform may be able to accommodate all-wheel drive, which seems like a logical fit for a vehicle like the FAST.
The FAST tall hatchback/small crossover will be important for BMW to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. Engine choices are expected to include three-cylinder gasoline and diesel units with displacements of 1.2 to 1.5 liters.
Even with the camo tape, we can see that the BMW’s boxy design is more practical than pretty. The wheels are set at the far corners of the car, which should maximize interior volume. It’s likely that Mini will also sell a version of the FAST crossover, possibly resurrecting the Traveler badge of yore.
Be sure to check out the full set of spy photos at Motor Trend.
Source: Motor Trend