I don't see what the issue here is at all... the article states that the FWD cars will likely be separately branded and not likely under the BMW number except for the expectation of the X1 (possibly but not confirmed). The i3 will for sure be fwd if it doesn't come with a 4wd variant. Making the 1 series hatch if it ever makes it to our shores FWD is a good idea as well.
1992 325i / Briliant rot - SOLD @ 301,000km
1998 318is / Arktic silber - SOLD @ 207,000km
2007 335i / Jet Black - CURRENT @ 28,000 km