BMW 1 Series hatchback shows more skin in new spy photos

3-Series | January 2nd, 2019 by 3
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The current BMW 1 Series hatchback is something that fans will miss. It’s a bit of a unicorn in the industry, being the only rear-wheel …

The current BMW 1 Series hatchback is something that fans will miss. It’s a bit of a unicorn in the industry, being the only rear-wheel drive hatchback available with a six-cylinder engine. However, it will soon depart and the heartbreak that will ensue will be extra painful for fans, knowing that its replacement will be *gasp* front-wheel drive. If just that thought pains you, maybe don’t look at the new spy photos that have recently popped up. (We don’t own the pics but you can see them here)

In these new photos, the new 1 Series hatchback is caught doing some testing again but this time is wearing a bit less camo than we’re used to seeing. While not super revealing, these photos do show us more than we normally see and they’re very close and clear. With that being said, the new 1 Series hatchback is beginning to look more like a BMW.

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Personally, I was very critical of what we’d previously seen of the 1er hatch in spy photos. I felt that it looked like a generic hatchback and its shape could wear Hyundai badges without anyone questioning it. While that still might be true, seeing a bit more of the new 1 Series hatch makes it seem more BMW-like.

In these photos, we can see a bit more of its window trim, Hofmeister Kink and shoulder line. Being able to see such things makes it seem more in keeping with the new Bavarian design language.

Still, its BMW-like styling might not be enough to convince some of the more cynical enthusiasts from accepting a front-wheel drive BMW. However, we’re hoping that more enthusiasts give it a chance because BMW has proven that it knows how to make a good front-wheel drive chassis and make front-driven cars fun. So we expect this new 1 Series to be a fun little hot hatch, even if it isn’t as fun or as exciting as the car it replaces.

[Source: Motor1]

3 responses to “BMW 1 Series hatchback shows more skin in new spy photos”

  1. cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

    I’ve seen photos with less cladding. While larger new BMW models are getting more avant garde, for this new small volume model they seem to have gone more conservative & I like it. The cut lines & details are sharp & simple, they still have some of the BMW slingshot effect in profile, even if engine & drive are now up front. Looks like it will be visibly new BMW in a new segment without having to do anything gimmicky or out there. Teutonic. Good. Of course, now that new Elantra is a Golf clone, what isn’t looking teutonic?

    • Giom says:

      Judging from the tech we’ve seen released in the G20 recently, I’m hoping that, together with a sexy design, this new 1 will be at the fore front of desirability.

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