The new-generation BMW 1 Series is undergoing road tests before the debut. Spies photographed one of the test prototypes, and, although the camouflage prevents, we can observe some external changes.
BMW has been testing an all-new BMW 1 Series, due for reveal on May 27, 2019. The Frankfurt Motor Show (September this year) will be a possible place for the official premiere.
In its next iteration, the model carries over to a front-wheel-drive platform that will create more legroom for passengers in the cabin and enlarge the luggage compartment. This architecture is suitable for a hybrid powertrain.
Looking at the photos, we notice a different aggressive front end of the vehicle. The front bumper resembles the BMW X2’s one in the M Sport X trim level. Some signs hint at the M Performance’s body kit and exhaust system.
The motor range is expected to include gasoline, diesel and hybrid units. In particular, the model will get a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder 140-hp turbo engine, which, together with an automatic dual-clutch transmission, enables acceleration from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in about 8.5 seconds. A 190-hp 120d version can be also offered at launch, later other engines will join.
As already confirmed, there will be a M135i modification with a 2.0-liter engine producing 306 hp, 332 lb-ft (450Nm) of torque and with the TwinPower Turbo technology, which accelerates to 62mph in less than 5 seconds.
Currently, BMW is not working on a rival for the Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG and Audi RS3.