In 2019, BMW will retire its rear-wheel drive platform for the 1 Series hatchback and replace it with the new FAAR (Frontantriebsarchitektur) front-wheel drive architecture. Along with the change in architecture, the new 1 Series will also offer a lower kerb weight and improved packaging, together with simplified production processes and greater profitability than its rear-wheel-drive predecessor. An xDrive all-wheel drive system will continue to be offered in the 1er lineup.
But before its retirement, BMW is keen on releasing a series of special models. Today, the Bavarians just unveiled the BMW 1 Series Edition Metropolitan. The Edition model, available as a BMW 1 Series 3 door and a BMW 1 Series 5 door, has numerous equipment features that are specifically designed to enhance comfort and driving pleasure in urban traffic.
These include the navigation system Business, Park Distance Control with sensors at the front and rear of the vehicle, rear view camera, parking assistant, road sign detection, Speed Limit Info, Comfort Access and an instrument cluster with extended features.
The Edition model is available in conjunction with the Urban Line model and all engine variants with the exception of the BMW M140i.