BMW’s next generation 1 Series is due out in 2019. Whether the hatch as we know it today will continue to carry the 1 Series badge or the rumored 2 Series moniker, is another story, but what’s certain is that its design and construction will become even more premium and, and it will also be slightly larger than the current generation.
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 rendering shown here builds atop the current BMW design language, but with a small twist – the headlights are slimmer and more angular, and full LED lights are standard. The side view shows a mirrorless car with cameras to help the driver navigate through traffic – similar to the recently unveiled BMW i8 Mirrorless Camera.
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 new 1 Series will be unveiled in 2018 with sales commencing in 2019.