BMW’s preparing to replace its 1 Series hatchback with a new model in 2019 based on 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 brand-new 2019 BMW 1 Series isn’t expected to look significantly different to the outbound model. Its revised front end ought to take motivation from the just recently launched 5 Series while a modified rear bumper should help it look somewhat less bulbous than the outgoing car.
A pair of angular headlights with hexagonal daytime running lights ought to pull the brand-new 1 Series into line with the remainder of the BMW variety while a more distinct kink in the rear pillar could 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, similar to the latest 5 Series’ cabin. A large infotainment screen must stand above a slick choice of dials and knobs while wood and aluminium-effect trim could assist provide it that all-important upmarket feel.
The brand-new car’s longer Countryman foundations plus better engine packaging ought to assist make the new car visibly more practical than the current model. Head and legroom will supposedly be enhanced while shoulder space is tipped to be much better than the old car, too.
The absence of a rear differential– the set of equipments that divides power in between the wheels– beneath the rear flooring must mean the brand-new car’s boot can swallow substantially more than the old car’s 360-litre load bay. The bothersome hump in the rear floor should be noticeably flatter, too.
2019 BMW 1 Series Engines and Driving
The brand-new 2019 BMW 1 Series will reportedly borrow engines from the existing Mini and BMW X1 varieties. The most basic models will most likely feature a 1.5-litre three-cylinder diesel or a three-cylinder turbo petrol unit. Invest a little more and you’ll be dealt with to a 2.0-litre four-cylinder gas in 120i guise or a 2.0-litre diesel engine 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, however it’ll allow the German maker to use its tiniest model with a new hybrid system. This setup is anticipated to make use of a 1.5-litre petrol engine with a compact electrical motor and must cut CO2 emissions to below 50g/km.
Sadly, presenting a new Mini-based platform for the 2019 BMW 1 Series suggests we’ll need to wave goodbye to the silky-smooth straight-six gas engine fitted to high-performance M140i models. In its place, we expect to discover an extremely put up turbo four-cylinder system that ought to 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 might cost approximately the same as the ₤ 19,709 outbound model. A brand-new 2 Series, based on the exact same new front-wheel-drive platform, should be launched in 2019 in both coupe and Convertible guises.