With development wrapped up and its launch being imminent, BMW has teased the new generation 1-Series on social media.
In the pictures published on Facebook by BMW France, the hatchback has completely lost its camo, revealing the front end design officially for the first time. Compared to its predecessor, it has new headlights, different bumper styling, muscular creases on the bonnet and on the side and a bigger grille.
Judging by the black accents and sporty styling trim, we’re probably looking at the M135i xDrive, a hot hatch that will rival the likes of the Audi S3 Sportback and Mercedes-AMG A35. Its 2.0-liter turbo four will reportedly come from the X2 M35i, where it produces 306 PS (302 hp / 225 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque.
Other teaser images, released this time by BMW on their official Facebook page, expose a camouflaged prototype, just as it was getting its vinyl stickers.
This image set also provides a look inside, with an engineer lifting the cover off the dashboard and revealing the digital instrument cluster. This feature will allow access to a number of different functions while also displaying various information to the driver, including navigation directions. The overall design of the cabin has been inspired by that of the new 3-Series, as is evident by both those pics as well as previous spy shots.
The all-new 1-Series is expected to debut on May 27, at a standalone event. Its public debut will be made at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, in September, and sales will commence before the end of the year.