If the rumors are true, the next and third-generation BMW 1 Series Hatchback will move up in class and be sold alongside the other 2 Series models.
BMW will completely transform the 1 Series, moving from a compact to a lower segment – which will rival the Audi A1 – that the German brand wants to exploit, even though they already count on the MINI.
The 1 Series Hatchback as we know it today will switch over to the UKL front-wheel drive platform and will allow BMW to focus on a new segment.
Available in two body styles, the future series of the BMW 1 Series – a “model developed especially for the city” – will have two body styles, one with three doors and a hatchback, offering greater interior roominess than that of the MINI.
The new 1 Series models will have have three and four engine cylinders mounted for diesel and gasoline, and an electrical eDrive; there is also a possibility of a sporty M version – this has not been confirmed nor denied.
The folks over at OmniAuto took an early stab at drawing up what the future 1 Series Hatch might look like. The design of the new car is going now through the design process and the final product should be selected by the end of this year.