The next-generation 2018 BMW 1 Series Hatch gets rendered

Rumors | August 8th, 2016 by 11
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Whether the BMW 1 Series hatch as we know it today will continue to carry the 1 Series badge or the rumored 2 Series moniker …

Whether the BMW 1 Series hatch as we know it today will continue to carry the 1 Series badge or the rumored 2 Series moniker in 2018, has yet to be determined, but what’s certain is that its design and construction  of the hot hatch will become even more premium and, and it will also be slightly larger than the current generation.

A new rendering put together by Auto Motor und Sport shows a design language based on the facelifted 1 Series Hatch, combined with cues from the BMW 1 Series Compact Sedan unveiled last month. The proportions are also larger and the level of sportiness also seems to have been taken up a notch.

2018 BMW 1 Series hatchback

The 1 Series Hatchback will switch over to the UKL front-wheel drive platform also used for the MINI family, the 2 Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer. Therefore, the new hatches will continue to be built under the Fxx designation, in this case, F40. The new layout means a new weight distribution of 59:41 which will translate into a different driving experience, not necessarily worst, but certainly different from a rear-wheel drive platform.

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Under the hood, the rumormill churns out that BMW will stop offering inline-six cylinder engines. Models like the 116i, 118i, 120i, 116d, 118d and 120d will appear in the lineup, including a BMW 135ix which will likely replace the current rear-wheel drive M140i.

The top model is said to be using four-cylinder turbo with around 330 horsepower.

11 responses to “The next-generation 2018 BMW 1 Series Hatch gets rendered”

  1. John says:

    BMWs are getting blobby-er, like Mercedes.

  2. SF Dede says:

    Will it be sold in the US this time around?

  3. Weiman says:

    Zzz, lazy render as usual, just the old body with some new lights and trim.

    I wouldn’t expect the new model until mid 2018 as MY2019.

  4. Kaisuke971 says:

    If the top model has 330hp, which is the same amount of power as the current M140i, i can’t see them rename it M135i, to not confuse the customers into thinking it’s “less”. It’d make more sense to keep the M140i name, and then the 3/4 Series lineup will have a 340/440i 4 cylinder as well as the M345/M445i 360hp-ish 6 cylinder to top the range.

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