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Word on the web is that BMW is working on a new automatic dual-clutch transmission for its newer front-wheel drive models, according to BMW Blog. That said, should the rumour hold water, the dual-clutch gearbox won’t be out for another two years.

At this moment, front-wheel drive BMW and MINI models are offered with a choice of either a six-speed manual or an Aisin eight-speed automatic gearbox (an older ZF six-speeder is still available in certain models). It’s said that the new dual-clutch transmission that BMW is working on is a seven-speed unit, which would match what Mercedes-Benz already offers on its FWD models.

Models that could feature this seven-speed dual clutch gearbox include the BMW X1 and perhaps the new X2 compact SUV. Aside from that, the blog speculates that the MINI John Cooper Works variants could also be possible recipients of the dual-clutch gearbox.