2019 BMW 1 Series decisive changes: Competing with the Audi A1

3-Series | January 8th, 2016 by 12
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BMW will completely transform the 1 Series, moving from a compact to a lower segment – which will rival the Audi A1 – that the …

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.

For 2020, BMW will market a rival for the Audi A1. It is a segment that the German brand wants to exploit on its own account, even though it is MINI that represents them in sub-compact market. Both the British and the German model with the four rings have a very similar price point and are front-wheel drive, but BMW estimates that it will put in their part to achieve the market quota/share.

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The new 1 Series models will have have three and four engine cylinders plus an electric version. The “0 Series” began as a rumor a few years ago from German Autobild, and today the rumormill churns out that BMW will mass produce a model series developed with the front-drive UKL platform and despite having to share many mechanical elements with the current MINI, it will have the characteristic touch of a BMW with a similar driving dynamics of a rear-wheel drive – the same philosophy that has been used in development and tuning of BMW 2 Series Active Tourer.

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 and will be only be available with front-wheel drive versions. Knowing BMW and its objective to unmark it from the MINI, there could be a version with xDrive.

The three and four cylinders will be 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.

With the reorganization that BMW will implement between 2018 and 2020 of the 1 Series and 2 Series, it would leave the odd number without representation, a move that will create a fierce competition in the sub-compact segment.

[Source: Motor.es]

12 responses to “2019 BMW 1 Series decisive changes: Competing with the Audi A1”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    Well they already messed up their naming policy with the Tourers (they don’t really look “Coupe” to my eyes)… There was no reason to shut down M3 Coupe, and then call it M4. They could’ve let 4 being the 6 and 6 being an S Class competitor actually. Then people would know it’s already messed up so they wouldn’t have mind now.

    Don’t go “Yeah we’ve got this naming policy on lock” then back up and “Well on lock but from 3 to 7”. Because that’s what happening right now… It’s totally unprofessional.

  2. darex says:

    This truly makes no sense! There will be a hair’s breadth of difference between the MINI Cooper and this car.

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