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.
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.
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.