BMW’s gearing up to replace its 1 Series hatchback with a new model in 2019 based on the front-wheel-drive Mini Compatriot. Our exclusive render programs what this upcoming Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class competitor might appear like.
2019 BMW 1 Series Styling
The brand-new 2019 BMW 1 Series isn’t really expected to look radically various to the outgoing model. Its modified front end needs to take inspiration from the just recently launched 5 Series while a customized rear bumper must assist it look slightly less round than the outbound car. A set of angular headlights with hexagonal daytime running lights ought to pull the new 1 Series into line with the remainder of the BMW range while a more unique kink in the rear pillar might lend it a sportier silhouette than the old model.
2019 BMW 1 Series Interior
The rather old-fashioned control panel fitted to the outbound car should be dropped in favour of a completely modern-day design, just like the most recent 5 Series’ cabin. A big infotainment screen must stand above a slick selection of dials and knobs while wood and aluminium-effect trim might help give it that critical upmarket feel.
The brand-new car’s longer Countryman underpinnings plus much better engine packaging need to assist make the new car significantly more useful than the present model. Head and legroom will supposedly be improved while shoulder space is tipped to be much better than the old car, too. The absence of a rear differential– the set of gears that divides power between the wheels– below the rear floor needs to imply the new car’s boot can swallow considerably more than the old car’s 360-litre load bay. The annoying bulge in the rear flooring must be visibly flatter, too.
2019 BMW 1 Series Engines and Driving
The new 2019 BMW 1 Series will apparently obtain engines from the present Mini and BMW X1 varieties. The most basic models will probably feature a 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel or a three-cylinder turbo fuel unit. Invest a bit more and you’ll be dealt with to a 2.0-litre four-cylinder gas in 120i guise or a 2.0-litre diesel motor in the 120d.
Unlike the previous generation car, the 2019 BMW 1 Series will be front-wheel drive as standard. This may come as a surprise to BMW purists, but it’ll permit the German producer to use its smallest model with a brand-new hybrid system. This setup is expected to make use of a 1.5-litre petrol engine with a compact electric motor and should cut CO2 emissions to below 50g/km.
Regrettably, introducing a new Mini-based platform for the 2019 BMW 1 Series means we’ll need to wave farewell to the silky-smooth straight-six petrol engine fitted to high-performance M140i models. In its place, we anticipate to discover an extremely put up turbo four-cylinder unit that must drive all four wheels through BMW’s xDrive four-wheel-drive system.
2019 BMW 1 Series Price and Release Date
The new 2019 BMW 1 Series is anticipated to go on sale around late 2018 or early 2019 and could cost roughly the like the ₤ 19,709 outgoing model. A new 2 Series, based upon the exact same brand-new front-wheel-drive platform, need to be released in 2019 in both coupe and Convertible guises.