Spyshots: 2019 BMW 1 Series FWD Spotted

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Spyshots: 2019 BMW 1 Series FWD Spotted

The BMW 1 Series’ anticipated change to front-wheel drive is upon us. A test mule of the new car was caught in action by European photographers wearing heavy disguise but still revealing its proportions and door shut lines.

Without the need to accommodate a 3.0-litre straight-six length-wise, the new 1 Series, much like the current F48 X1, has a much shortened front end from its predecessor – the distance between front axle and firewall notably reduced.

The test vehicle had a 5-door body, but there is no indication either way at this stage if BMW will offer a 3-door variant as well.

As with the X1 as well as the recently-launched China-only 1 Series Sedan, the next-gen 1 Series hatch will be sitting on the BMW Group’s transverse engine UKL platform that is shared with MINI. We do not yet know if the 1 Series hatch is a further development of the Chinese market sedan or if it is a separately-run project.

It is too early to talk about powertrain options, but it is a safe bet that the current range of B-series modular engines will feature. The Chinese-special 1 Series Sedan offers both the 1.5-litre B38 3-cylinder and 2.0-litre B48 4-cylinder petrol engines; the hatch should additionally get diesel and perhaps even PHEV options as well.

Pictures:  Stefan Baldauf

Gallery: Spyshot: 2019 BMW 1 Series FWD



Kon

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Prefering his cars to come with four disc brakes, independent rear suspension, and manual transmission, Kon prioritizes mechanical sophistication over outward appeal. Admires cars built to exceed the sum of their parts and appreciates vehicles engineered with integrity.


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