2019 BMW 1-Series Spotted With Less Camo On A Car Carrier

Test cars of the upcoming 2019 BMW 1-Series have started dropping their camouflage, with our spies spotting them on a car carrier.

The new F40 generation of the BMW 1-Series hatchback will be the first one to ditch the rear-drive layout as it’ll switch to the company’s FAAR platform, which is a heavily updated version of the current UKL architecture.

The new architecture is not only lighter but will also enable BMW to offer the new 1-Series with electrified powertrains as well. Of course the front-drive layout will also improve the interior space for passengers and their stuff, an area where the current 1-Series lags behind its main rivals due to its longitudinally mounted engine.

The test cars appear to feature just a thin film of the classic swirly-pattern wrap, revealing that the design will not blow anyone’s socks off anytime soon. The new 1-Series takes no risks with its design, with keen observers noticing the slightly bigger front overhang due to the different powertrain layout.

The engine range will include three- and four-cylinder options, both diesel and petrol, starting from 1.5 liters and going up to 2.0 liters. Expect to see at least two hybrid versions, with the more affordable being a mild hybrid and the other one being a plug-in hybrid with at least 31 miles of pure electric range (50km).

Reports suggest that the more expensive models in the range will come with all-wheel drive, including the M130i xDrive and the M140i xDrive hot hatches. The first one is expected to use a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with around 300hp, set to rival models like the Mercedes-AMG A35 and Audi S3. The M140i xDrive on the other will go after the big boys, namely the A45 AMG and the RS3, as it’s expected to pack around 400hp. BMW will probably use the ‘M Performance’ label at least on one of these two models.

The cabin is also expected to receive a very welcome boost in quality and onboard technology; BMW is going to use the latest Operating System 7.0 along with the recently introduced Intelligent Personal Assistant in the new 1-Series.

The new 2019 BMW 1-Series is expected to debut early next year, perhaps at the Geneva Motor Show.

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  • Ilbirs

    First BMW released the 2-Series Active Tourer, but I didn’t speak out
    Because I don’t buy minivans

    Then BMW released the F48 X1, but I didn’t speak out
    Because I don’t buy SUVs

    Then BMW released the X2, but I didn’t speak out
    Because I don’t buy hatchback-alike SUVs

    Then it came the next 1-Series and it was not for me
    And there wasn’t any C-segment RWD hatchback for me

    • Bash

      And now you’ve decided to speak out all your lungs.
      I can feel you man.
      And what exactly do you drive?

      • Belthronding

        definetly not a bmw lol

      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        I drive a BMW and agree with @Ilbirs. BMW are weakening their brand values to shift more units. The lack of attention to detail in the interiors is poor too. The lack of driver’s glovebox and cheapening of the centre-console storage is clear to see. BMW seem to borrowed GM’s bean counters.

        • Bash

          Well I will not disagree with that. I’m not a BMW fan anyway, so I don’t care.

    • ksegg

      Buy an M2 Competition and call it a day.

      If you want an awesome brand new RWD hatchback in the US, you’re SOL.

  • alexxx

    Hope it’s better looking than the last generation….

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Hey, they didn’t talk about the supra on the trailer, that Toyota said was not co-developed with BMW since 2015

  • LJ

    Why would a car carrier have camo on it?

  • javier

    no usa no care

  • sidewaysspin

    It already looks extremely boring, characterless, they should bring back chris bangle.

  • Mike Gonzalez

    hmmm it seems it will look like a shrunken X2…

  • recursiveiterator

    There’s no M130i and no M140i, only the 300hp M135i xDrive, same as X2 M35i just in a smaller body.

    The ones in the photo are likely 120i and/or 120d.

    • javier

      fast ones come a bit later :

      “Reports suggest that the more expensive models in the range will come with all-wheel drive, including the M130i xDrive
      and the M140i xDrive hot hatches. The first one is expected to use a
      turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with around 300hp, set to
      rival models like the Mercedes-AMG A35 and Audi S3. The M140i xDrive on the other will go after the big boys,
      namely the A45 AMG and the RS3, as it’s expected to pack around 400hp.
      BMW will probably use the ‘M Performance’ label at least on one of these
      two models.

      • recursiveiterator

        This quote is factually incorrect. M135i xDrive only.

  • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

    By bringing in so many front-wheel drive models on their smaller cars, BMW is just weakening their brand values in favour of big profits. It’ll end up hurting them in the end.

    • Peter Ipsen

      Well… It´s a known fact that more than 80% of Bimmer buyers don´t know or care about rear wheel drive – so i think they´ll be allright. But agreed – i love it too 🙂

    • Christian Wimmer

      Most BMW buyers don’t care. If they did then BMW would not take the FWD route. But their market research has indicated that people want more interior space and practicality and perhaps better traction in the winter without paying extra for AWD – BMW has to respond to what the MAJORITY of its buyers want.

      I’m active on a German BMW 1-Series Forum. It seems to me that most of the guys (and girls) there aren’t too bothered by the switch to FWD, especially since AWD is going to be available. I do understand the hardcore purists and their bemoaning of this switch to FWD, I get it.

      Because I still own a 2007 BMW 118i E87 5-Door until November 20th, when I shall take delivery of my new FWD car. My BMW is not very fast, but it’s FUN to drive. I will miss the RWD layout, but it’s not the end of the world for me.

  • I think it’s gon’ look good, the A-Class has shaken things up a bit and the ball is now in the Ingolstadt and Munich boys’ court to counter.

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Sad to see it lose its rwd proportions sigh.

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