The updated version of BMW’s 1 Series model has been introduced not so long ago. The refresh brought mostly cosmetic changes, so it’s no wonder at all why the carmaker has decided to hurry up with building the new generation shortly after that. The redesigned 2019 BMW 1 Series Hatchback is going to arrive in 2018, most likely in the second half of the year, yet our photographers have managed to catch it a few hours ago while it was doing some winter testing. The drive across the snow is always exciting, but unfortunately, we don’t have any video this time.
Judging by the spy shots, the next-gen BMW 1 Series Hatchback is going to feature a plenty of design changes. The camouflaged prototype hints a bit larger footprint, which seems to feature more aggressive styling, especially in the front. The face appears to hosts a more dominant grille and really sharp headlights, which are be LED of course. The roof differs significantly from the current model, which is good because we like the new lines better.
The mere cosmetic changes will be nothing without new bones. The 2019 BMW 1 Series Hatchback rides on a new platform, which proved to be good in England. More precisely, the hot hatch will share the same front- and all-wheel-drive BMW UKL platform with Mini lineup and the last X1 crossover. You may have some doubts in front-wheel based BMW, but you don’t have to worry at all because the architecture proved to be excellent. Moreover, it delivers an incredible driving experience.
Speaking of driving, the 2019 BMW 1 Series Hatchback will not offer any kind of six-cylinder engine as it was the case with the predecessor. Instead, it’s going to rely on four-cylinder units only. Both B37 and four-cylinder B47 will be available and both will be upgraded. Plus, some markets will have a three-cylinder oil-burner option, which will deliver 116 horsepower and 270 Nm. The carmaker won’t forget to offer a vanilla flavor, so-called M140i, as well as some kind of plug-in hybrid powertrain shortly after the debut.
The new platform will bring some new rules. The hatchback will shed some weight to improve fuel economy. Plus, it’s going to feature more space inside. That was largely expected because there’s not going to be a three-door model at all. Instead, the car will be sold just as a five-door model. The interior design is similar to the rest of BMW’s lineup. It relies on a fully digital instrument panel and a new infotainment screen, which fits perfectly into the center stack.
Stay tuned for updates.