The next generation BMW 1 Series is due out in 2018. 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.
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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. Therefore, the new hatches will continue to be built under the Fxx designation, in this case, F40.
BMW will give the five door hatch a front-wheel drive platform paired with three and four-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 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.
BMW plans to introduce the successor of the popular hatch in 2019.