BMW is testing a new generation BMW 1 Series to launch it in late 2019 and to be a worthy rival for the Audi A3 and Volkswagen Golf.
Spy photos show a car still covered with camouflage, but less disguised than the vehicle spotted 1.5 year ago. Considerable changes happened under the hood: front-wheel drive layout will be instead of rear-wheel one.
More emphasis is done on interior space. The car utilizes the UKL platform to reduce weight and add practicality, which we also can meet on the BMW X1, X2 and MINI.
To increase the space for rear passengers and cargo, BMW extended the wheelbase and made the model slightly higher and wider. A propshaft is done away with.
As UKL is compatible just with four-cylinder engines, the next flagship M140i will have to get rid of its straight-six motor, as well as to switch to xDrive 4WD. It will allow the model to compete with the VW Golf R, Mercedes-AMG A45 and Ford Focus RS.
The powertrains will include a revised BMW’s 1.5-liter three-cylinder diesel engine, a three-cylinder turbo gasoline unit, more powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinders in the 116d-, 118i-, 120i-,120d-badged cars.
The next 1 Series will receive a wider iPerformance lineup, including a tuned version of the powertrain that comprises a 1.5-liter turbo and a little electric motor, most likely with over 130 mpg (about 2 l/100 km) of economy and CO2 emissions below 50 g/km.
Source: Auto Express