New BMW F40 1 Series Deliveries to Kick Off Before Year’s End

1 Series, News | March 20th, 2019 by 5

It looks like the demise of the current BMW 1 Series is approaching rapidly. A while back we were telling you that some of the engines offered on the current 1er are going out of production soon and that was an obvious hint that the hatch is going out of production. Today, BMW’s CEO confirmed it all, telling journalists at a press conference that the new F40 1 Series will not only be unveiled this year but deliveries are set to kick off before 2020.

To be more precise, Harald Kruger said “We also have attractive new models in the compact class: The new BMW 1 Series will be available for delivery by the end of this year.” That’s basically as clear as it gets and from as high as possible. The F40 1 Series is bound to arrive this year and, to be honest, I don’t think I’m ready to say goodbye to the current model. That’s because the 1er will undergo some serious changes.

2019 BMW 1 Series F40 spy photos 5 830x552

While fans were able to save the 2 Series Coupe from having the same fate, the 1 Series will be turning FWD with the new generation. The move is logical and necessary, to be honest, to keep up with the competition. Using a FWD layout will allow BMW to offer more space in a compact size while also cutting costs. Since the 1 Series is still a small volume car with low profit margins, this sort of move can be explained at the end of the day.

Sure, us, die-hard fans will miss the RWD hatch, especially in M140i guise but a new M Performance model is waiting just around the corner. It will probably be named M135i and will use the 300 HP 2-liter 4-cylinder engine from the X2 M35i model. Yes, it won’t be the same but it will have to do for now.

5 responses to “New BMW F40 1 Series Deliveries to Kick Off Before Year’s End”

  1. izzey04 says:

    Fwd…..don’t care much

  2. emulajavi says:

    Wow. That front end of the render would be absolutely gorgeous! Love it!

    Sadly we’ll have the hood line in the middle of nowhere and kidneys and headlights will look a lot different.

  3. cnet-970ad33b278bd3b05502252be3640ea5 says:

    A new, small, 300 hp. BMW isn’t about fwd. or hood lines.

  4. Kiwi says:

    I just had an overnight drive of an x2xdrive AWD and what a disappointment it was. The X2 rolled horribly around corners and I couldn’t stop the front wheels loosing traction away from stop lights as I always drive in sport. I’ve had 15 new BMW’s and I’ll never buy a FWD AWD.

    • disqus_hiF7NvKYKq says:

      Here in SA, it is going to be difficult for BMW to retain and get new entry level customers with a front wheel drive 1 Series. Front wheel drive like all its competitors now and no meaningful point of of difference. The magnificent BMW 140i with its glorious straight 6 and rear wheel drive is unbeatable as the vehicle for BMW purists.Guess potential owners for the new FWD 1 Series will have to move on – maybe to the 3 series 6cyl 340I or X3 x140I 6cyl or out of the BMW marque completely to get their Sheer Driving Pleasure!!

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