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Spied: BMW's upcoming front-drive, seven-passenger MPV

BMW is planning a minivan-like model.

Hell might have just frozen over for the automotive purists of the world - our spy photographers have just sent us the first images of BMW's upcoming front-wheel drive people carrier.

Spotted today on the back of a transporter truck in Europe, BMW's upcoming small minivan/MPV is believed to be based on the same front-wheel drive platform that will underpin the next-generation 1-Series. Essentially BMW's version of the Mazda5, the MPV will be capable of transporting up to seven passengers.

BMW has shown a front-drive MPV before in the form of the Concept Active Tourer, but some design cues suggest this is a different model altogether. The Concept Active Tourer sported a high belt line with smaller side windows, whereas the prototype spotted today has a noticeably larger greenhouse. The rear overhang also looks much larger on the prototype.

In all likelihood, the vehicle seen here will hit the market as the Compact Activity Tourer.

BMW has previously stated that it expects 40 percent of its volume to come from front-wheel drive models by 2022, so look for more more models like this from the German automaker in the coming years. You've been warned.

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