BMW appears to have redesigned the forthcoming 1-series GT since the last test cars were seen on the streets of Munich earlier this year. These pictures of the car show a vehicle with a new glasshouse, incorporating a front quarterlight missing from the original vehicles, and a more steeply rising waistline.

The changes are consistent with the design of the Active Hybrid Tourer concept seen at the Paris show in September. It closely previewed the production 1-series GT, which is due to go on sale in 2014 as the first of BMW’s front-wheel-drive cars. 

It will give BMW a rival for cars such as Mercedes’ B-class, with its high roof line and spacious interior, although it is slightly smaller than a B-class, and has a shorter wheelbase.

The car will use BMW’s 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine, currently undergoing prototyping, and recently tested by Autocar in a 1-series. To be launched next year in the new Mini, the three-cylinder will also appear in the i8 sports car.

Thanks to: Autocar