BMW’s preparing to change its 1 Series hatchback with a new model in 2019 based upon the front-wheel-drive Mini Compatriot. Our exclusive render shows what this upcoming Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class competitor could look like.
2019 BMW 1 Series Styling
The new 2019 BMW 1 Series isn’t anticipated to look radically various to the outgoing model. Its revised front end must take motivation from the recently released 5 Series while a customized rear bumper needs to help it look slightly less bulbous than the outbound car.
A set of angular headlights with hexagonal daytime running lights must pull the new 1 Series into line with the rest of the BMW range while a more distinct kink in the rear pillar might lend it a sportier shape than the old model.
2019 BMW 1 Series Interior
The rather old-fashioned control panel fitted to the outgoing car should be dropped in favour of a completely contemporary style, much like the most recent 5 Series’ cabin. A large infotainment screen should stand above a slick selection of dials and knobs while wood and aluminium-effect trim might help provide it that necessary upmarket feel.
The new car’s longer Countryman underpinnings plus much better engine packaging should assist make the new car visibly more useful than the existing model. Head and legroom will supposedly be enhanced while shoulder space is tipped to be much better than the old car, too.
The lack of a rear differential– the set of gears that splits power between the wheels– beneath the rear flooring needs to suggest the brand-new car’s boot can swallow considerably more than the old car’s 360-litre load bay. The irritating bulge in the rear flooring ought to be visibly flatter, too.
2019 BMW 1 Series Engines and Driving
The new 2019 BMW 1 Series will supposedly borrow engines from the current Mini and BMW X1 ranges. The most basic models will probably feature a 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel or a three-cylinder turbo petrol unit. Spend a little bit more and you’ll be treated to a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol 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 might come as a surprise to BMW perfectionists, but it’ll allow the German manufacturer to provide its tiniest model with a new hybrid system. This setup is expected to make usage of a 1.5-litre gas engine with a compact electrical motor and ought to cut CO2 emissions to below 50g/km.
Unfortunately, introducing a new Mini-based platform for the 2019 BMW 1 Series suggests we’ll have to wave farewell to the silky-smooth straight-six gas engine fitted to high-performance M140i models. In its location, we anticipate to discover an extremely strung turbo four-cylinder unit that should 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 expected to go on sale around late 2018 or early 2019 and could cost around the like the ₤ 19,709 outgoing model. A new 2 Series, based on the very same new front-wheel-drive platform, need to be launched in 2019 in both coupe and Convertible guises.