The all-new BMW 1-Series Hatchback has been spotted in a production body almost ready for it official debut.
The current car stays apart in the segment of compact cars, due to its sporty rear-wheel-drive layout making the interior space tighter and in-line six-cylinder motors making the front end longer.
With its new 1-Series hatchback the carmaker switched to the UKL platform familiar on small BMWs and Minis, which is designed for a front-wheel drive.
Based on this architecture BMW 1-Series sedan is a close relative of the hatchback. While the first is marketed in China, the second will be on sale in other countries.
The 1-Series hatchback won’t arrive to the USA, where BMW offers a 2-Series Gran Coupe instead.
The hatchback is sportier and wider than the sedan, with lower roof and more slope to the rear. It will be a five-door model. UKL lets reduce weight thanks to lighter materials, add economy and performance.
More powerful versions will get a four-wheel drive. The motor range is expected to include in-line V3 and V4s, as well as a plug-in hybrid powertrain.
BMW should unveil its new 1-Series hatchback yearly next year. It will compete with the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Audi A3 Sportback, Infiniti Q30 and the Lexus CT on the market.