New BMW 1 Series with 300 hp under M130iX M Performance badge

1-series, Rumors | March 15th, 2018 by 12
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The launch of the third generation of the BMW 1 Series will bring major changes to the popular hatchback. The front-wheel drive platform now implemented …

The launch of the third generation of the BMW 1 Series will bring major changes to the popular hatchback. The front-wheel drive platform now implemented across a wide range of BMW and MINI models will underpin the 2019 1er. The top model of the range will be the M130iX M Performance which replaces the current fans’ favorite – and ours as well – BMW M140i xDrive.

BMW sources say that the move to FAAR (Frontantriebsarchitektur) front-wheel drive architecture will provide the new 1 Series with a lower kerb weight and improved packaging, together with simplified production processes and greater profitability than its rear-wheel-drive predecessor.

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According to BMW’s head of development, Klaus Fröhlich, this structure is a progression of the UKL platform that underpins the 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Gran Tourer, as well as the existing MINI line-up, but with added modularity and the flexibility to support full-electric drivetrain and battery combinations.



The new M130iX will take on the Volkswagen Golf R, Audi S3 and upcoming Mercedes-AMG A35 and it’s scheduled for launch in 2020.

[Source: Autocar]


12 responses to “New BMW 1 Series with 300 hp under M130iX M Performance badge”

  1. Tim says:

    Can we just tell the truth here.
    The only reason BMW goes `frontantrieb` on there lower end models is to have higher profit margins.

    No doubt about it, these will sell like hotcakes in your poverty spec 116d configurations in leasing situations.
    Or targeting them at younger buyers wanting to have a first BMW.
    Yet still not providing Android Auto is very confusing to me.
    If the new 1er drives like the 2 series grand tourer models I’m out.
    Let’s just say your lowest end REAL BMW begins at the 2 series coupe.

    For people like myself who actually liked a `small` hatchback with rear wheel drive we are out of luck.
    RIP E82, E87, F20, F21.

    • Andrewthecarguy says:

      I feel your pain and I hear you.
      The issue really is that the world is changing.
      BMW has to make decisions that are not to the liking of us BMW fan boys or any car guy/gal for that matter.

      I remember when Porsche announced an SUV, then a sedan. Heresy was the word of the day. Same sentiment actually with the intro of the E53. And BMW offered a manual too.

      Bottom line is profitability. These companies exist for profit, so they have to make money or they die. Companie like Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Maserati did die (-ish) but were ressurected but with some ‘sense’ dialed in and some ‘soul’ lost. I mean is the Ghibli really a Maserati? And the Continental Flying Spur, true British or a German in drag?

      Either way, as the times and circumstances change, certain models become desirable…and BMW collect-ability lives on STRONG. Unique vehicles that deliver unique driving experiences…just choose your era and style.

    • disqus_8YchtRit8p says:

      BMW are a full range, global manufacturer.
      A 300 hp. hot hatch is a bad thing?!
      If they were confined to their history they would not exist. How many models throughout that history have had no precedent, but a German engineering company are forbidden fwd? Why not Mercedes? Did not Porsche’s 1st sedan run on a VW SUV platform? Their SUVs are VAG, Bentley’s as well. 7 Series only exists because BMW went upmarket against S Class. Many formerly fwd. manufacturers only produce rwd. in response to BMW’s success, the reverse shouldn’t be true? Smaller, lighter, cheaper BMWs are a bad thing? UKL X1 already best in class according to Car and Driver.
      Bring it BMW. Show us your GTI/AMG beater!

  2. recursiveiterator says:

    You know perfectly well that it’ll be called M135i. Besides what’s already known about other cars (e.g. that the same engine will come in X2 M35i this summer) 300hp engines have been using the 35 designation for a very long time.

  3. seancorr says:

    Will this be the first 2.0l 4 pot M car we will be getting? Can’t say I’m not happy to see it go against the Golf R and A35.

  4. Tim says:

    After owning a m140i for a few months now, I can say it’s going to take a lot for me to upgrade to a less powerful 4 wheel drive m130i xdrive (unless they put in the same xdrive system as the m5 but I highly doubt it). I would definitely recommend someone to buy the current one rather than wait. The 3 litre straight six with rear wheel drive makes it a proper BMW.

    • us1jacck says:

      What do you like about the 140i, apart from outright crazy pace? I didn’t like the turbo or lack of instant response from zero, like you get from a naturally aspirated engine especially where the car is tuned for handling Australia’s appalling roads. I didn’t like it’s low speed handling and didn’t find it agile and nippy, but rather just very too fast from about 30 or 40 km/h. For me, it’s best use was very fast and mostly out of town and I drive 95% in town. I like to just breathe on, or look at, a taut throttle and for it to instantly fly for eg around a corner from zero like a go cart or like the Mad Mouse ride going around a corner at an amusement park. The 140i doesn’t do that or do it well. That cut out 80% of my expected fun.

  5. Senne says:

    “Together with simplified production processes and greater profitability than its rear-wheel-drive predecessor.” That’s basically the only reason, more space goes hand in hand with the profitability, because they will sell more units. People in this segment want space & funky looks. They don’t care about driving dynamics. On the contrary, RWD might frighten them, because people always claim it’s more dangerous to drive than FWD (which is wrong). It’s a sad evolution. But understandable. I guess as long as they make sure it’s still very good (for a FWD hatch) and hopefully better even than the competition, we can’t really complain. We still have so many other Bimmers that are RWD and a joy to drive. The 2 Series will still be built on the CLAR platform and therefore will keep its RWD architecture. I’d rather have a RWD full-on M2 and M240i than an M140i anyway. Since they make more profits from turning the 1 Series into a bland FWD hatch (bland in the sense that it’s just like everything else, whereas the current gen is very different because it has RWD), and keep the 2 Series Coupe/Convertible/possibly Gran Coupe RWD… I do understand them, but it’s still sad. Let’s all buy as many M140i’s as possible, so that people can buy them second hand for many years to come! :D

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