In 2018, BMW will launch their third-generation 1 Series. Currently available in a hatchback form and not for sale in the U.S., the 1 Series has been a hit for BMW, with just the UK market selling nearly 42,000 cars in 2013.
Some rumors say that the new 2018 BMW 1 Series will move away from the rear-wheel drive architecture and make use of the newly launched front-wheel drive setup.
Following the lead of its Audi A3 and Mercedes A-Class rivals (both also set for replacement in 2018), the 2018 1 Series will also make use of the xDrive four-wheel drive.
Expect the 1 Series’ wheelbase to be stretched even further than the 2,567mm of the five-door MINI, creating more space in the back than at present and a bigger boot – it’s currently 360 liters or 1,200 liters with the rear seats folded.
Yet even though the new 1 Series will be slightly bigger, it’s expected to be lighter. Removing the propshaft (which is necessary for rear-wheel drive) alone is likely to save 30kg, while greater use of aluminum in the body will cut more kilos, improving handling and economy.
Using the UKL1 platform allows BMW to employ its new modular family of turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder and 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
Topping the range could be a four-wheel-drive M1 hatch, using a 2.0-litre petrol twin-turbo (possibly with an e-boost system to spin up the smaller turbo instantly) with around 360bhp – enough to eclipse Mercedes’ 355bhp A45 AMG.
Design wise, the 1 Series Hatch is expected to move away from the current design with slightly oversized headlights and follow the BMW design trend with more angular shapes and dynamic lines.
The renderings embedded here are simply a representation of what we might see on the 2018 BMW 1 Series.[Renderings: Autobild]