All-new model expected in H2 2018.
BMW introduced the first-ever BMW 1 Series Sedan last year. It is a China-only model, but it is still important for the global markets as it will spawn the next-gen BMW 1 Series hatchback in H2 2018. This week, Motor1 has created a rendering to preview the 2019 BMW 1 Series hatchback.
Despite featuring an evolutionary design, the next-gen BMW 1 Series should see big improvements in the looks department over the second-generation model criticised for its dull looks and awkward proportions. The all-new 1er would have a more aggressive character than the second-gen model, as depicted in the rendering.
The USP of the BMW 1 Series hatchback is its rear-wheel-drive drivetrain layout. Moving to the third generation, though, the smallest BMW will become a front-wheel drive vehicle. Allegedly known by the codename 'BMW F40', the new generation BMW 1 Series will be based on the familiar UKL platform. It is expected to be bigger yet lighter, thanks to the shift to front-wheel drive drivetrain layout and the advanced platform.
The 2018 BMW 1 Series hatchback is expected to team up with the familiar turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder and 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines offered in the compact BMWs and the MINI family. Reports say that inline-six cylinder engines will not be available this time. Instead, the new range-topping engine model, alleged to be called 'BMW 135ix', will likely pack a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing around 330 hp.
[Source - Motor1.com]