New BMW 1-Series Is FWD And Looks Just Like The X2

The all-new BMW 1-Series has just been revealed as the first 1-Series to be front-wheel drive in 15 years.

The German car manufacturer has overhauled the exterior and interior designs of the new 1-Series for its third generation and it shares a striking resemblance to the larger BMW X2. Up front, there is an enlarged kidney grille and a pair of sharp headlights placed diagonally on the fascia. The rear incorporates a set of sleek LED taillights and in range-topping M135i guise (pictured in blue), includes a subtle diffuser and twin tailpipes.

BMW says that the new design and shape of the 1-Series has allowed it to significantly boost interior space. Rear passengers now enjoy an extra 19 mm of headroom, 33 mm of additional legroom, and 13 mm of elbowroom. Additionally, the new car features 380 liters of cargo space, 20 liters more than the outgoing model. Rear cargo space increases to 1200 liters with the rear bench seat folded down.

The new 1-Series will be available with an electric panoramic roof for the very first time and has also fitted a number of useful cubby spaces, including an area in front of the gearshift lever which can be specified with a wireless charging option. The latest BMW Operating System 7.0 is featured in the 10.25-inch infotainment screen. The car also features a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster. A 9.2-inch BMW Head-Up Display is an optional extra.

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In terms of engines, European customers will have three diesel engines and two petrol variants to choose from at launch. Sitting at the base of the diesel range is the 116d with a total of 116 hp. Other diesel models include the 118d and the 120d xDrive while on the petrol front there is the BMW 118i and the range-topping M135i xDrive. This latter model is powered by a potent four-cylinder engine with 302 hp and thanks to its combination of all-wheel drive and launch control, it can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in a brisk 4.8 seconds.

Driving enthusiasts will be pleased to know that the 116d, 118d, and 118i all come as standard with a six-speed manual transmission. The 116d and 118i can also be outfitted with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox while the 118d and 120d xDrive have an optional eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The M135i will be sold exclusively with the eight-speed Steptronic Sport ‘box.

A host of safety systems come standard or are available as options across the new 1-Series family. This includes collision and pedestrian warning with city braking function, a lane departure warning system with active lane return, Active Cruise Control, Lane Change Warning, rear collision warning, and crossing traffic warning. Additionally, there is an optional Park Distance Control, rear view camera, and Parking Assistant function.

European sales of the new BMW 1-Series will start in September with prices being announced at a later date.

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  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    To me, it’s lost a large part of its BMW-ness.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    It does look like the X2, but we would need a side by side to see the difference, I suppose it is the same as the CX3 versus Mazda3 hatch and the infiniti Q30 vs QX30.

    Only real saving grace is that at least the M135 has the new interior; I assume next iteration of the X2 will have the same interior too.

    At what point do manufacturers realize there are too many models on offer??

  • Matthijs

    Looks like a decent FWD model. Not ugly (well the pig nose is a bit much) but nothing desirable. I’d rather have a Mazda3 (looks stunning in real life), also looks better from the inside

  • MarkoS

    Meh, I’d get a Mazda and call it a good day.

    • Ary Wisesa

      Yup! Mazda 3 hatchback is much better looking that this.

  • Wis

    The rising sideline ruins it for me. Besides that it looks ok-ish, but will be expensive as hell. Like the large Navigation screen for a small hatchback.

    • Six Thousand Times

      The nit I’ll pick is the shutline for the hood/bonnet. That ought to come down to either incorporate the kidneys or open just above them.

      • Andrewthecarguy

        This too. Where the hood shutline is at the moment makes the nose look bigger than it is.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Agreed. Were the sideline straight, it would have further distinguished this from the X2.

  • salamOOn

    i dont know…. i cant get over that front…..

  • Roland Fairwater

    My, what an ugly abomination! A remarkable affront to BMW heritage — not necessarily because it’s front wheel drive, but because it looks like a computer-randomised mashup of mutilated BMWs. It makes the new 3-series look like an understated sports sedan with clean lines. Maybe I’ll get used to it with time. But golly, does it make me sick. Sad to see the old rear-wheel-drive 1 series go.

    (Not to mention the fact that, if you want a bland front-wheel-drive luxury hatch, buy an Audi A1 or A3, a Mercedes A-Class, or a Volvo V40 and avoid this monstrosity.)

  • ToniCipriani ✓pǝᴉɟᴉɹǝʌ

    Hey look… the Pontiac Firefly is back.

  • The front end is hideous and the new Hoffmeister kink (also in the 3 series) looks weird but it’s profile looks remarkably similar to the X2. Love the interior though.


    tailight arrangement is similar to lexus CT

  • Six Thousand Times

    Looks alright. The grille isn’t too bad though it’s too big. The blue is nice. No buyers will really miss the RWD though the hard core will. For us it’s the 2er. If I were in the market, I’d probably get a hot-ish Ford of a SEAT and pocket the extra euro.

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  • Toronado_II

    The ultimate driving machine…

  • NoMan2015

    In no way does this resemble the X2. Get your eyes checked.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Wow, it looks clumsy and trying too much to look “menacing”. It surely makes the F20 1 Series a hundred times more attractive. And since it lose the RWD that made the F20 a unique proposition in its class, I find it much more difficult to pick this instead of Mercedes A-Class or Audi A3. At least, the A-Class looks clean and hit-tech, and Audi A3 is calm but confident as always. 🙂

  • Matt

    It looks like it was designed only for China. It’s not particularly BMW, nor even European… a bit disappointing at least in these photos.

  • Tinky-Winky

    It looks so fat, like a mini-MPV.

  • Alpina

    These new BMWs somehow always reminds me of that pig from Angry Birds 🙂
    I did not like the look of new Focus either until i saw it in person (in my defence it was ST line trim).
    So I will have to wait until I see it in person.

  • diego

    The 135i is a 4pot ! 🙁

  • Adam_M1

    There is no 6 cyclinder engine. “Driving enthusiasts” wont be looking to buy the smaller engines whether it comes in manual or not

  • StrangerGP

    Truly awful looking car – huge pig’s nose, the rear lights are too big, the front overhang stands out, rear windows will have only a very small working portion because of how the doors are shaped, plus in some photos it looks like a microvan, something like a Honda Jazz.

    At least the interior is more normal although the blue led strips on the doors look like some crappy aftermarket installation.

  • erly5

    A bit generic and disappointing, just like the new 3 series. The 1st generation 1 series remains the most distinctive to my eyes.

  • designer_dick

    The front end and ambient lighting are almost comedically vulgar.

  • exeptor

    BMW really need to reconsider something in their design department when their most acceptable model is X7.

  • Fled

    Thanks goodness I decided to pull the trigger on an M140i last week. This aint it. At all.

    • Albert Ferrer

      So did I. Well last, month actually.


    new hyundai i30 ???

  • Alx

    when BMW and Mercedes start making Golfs.

  • designer_dick
  • Christian Wimmer

    As an ex-BMW 1-Series owner, I feel a little dead inside. I don’t mind the FWD aspect, but the design is just… all those years and they came up with THIS!?

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    They took an A class and put an oversized x2 front on it. This is so sad. Dare I say this is worse than the next golf. Mazda, your crown for best looking family hatch won’t be taken by this turd.

  • Sybill Julian

    lexus ct200’s back. and wow. they’re back to bigger headlights now


    No sun roof

  • ThatGuy

    Reminds me of when the first gen 1 series came out, and i was like ohhhh noooo. Then it grew on me, not completely but it did. VW Gold will always look better in and out(IMO), but i will say BMW cars are nice to drive, im sure this one will be great to drive, looks not for me so lets wait for 3 years when we get the facelift and everyone is happy.

    Also is it me or does it feel like they are playing with is and saying look at out AWD M135i and people will be like, we wanted a RWD and then boom M1 RWD and M1 AWD, like string us along and then give a RWD in the most expensive sport version in their offering.

  • ThatGuy

    After all is said and done this will still be far cheaper than many SUV offering and like i commented in previous posts, the SUV craze will die, I do like SUV’s don’t get me wrong but some offerings for Budget competitors SUV’s cost as much as this hatch in base form, and think this is a BMW not a Tucson, yes you hard dashboard Hyundai, i see your rip off face out here smiling. LOL

  • Alduin

    Ah a FWD BMW with an ugly interior that NOBODY ASKED FOR.

  • Marc Gruben

    The BMW grille is starting to look like an overwrought Chinese clone of itself. I long for the days when BMW really was the Ultimate Driving Machine. Now its just the Ultimate Marketing Machine Trying To Keep Up With Lexus. And I can’t stand Lexus either.

  • vaybach khan

    Ugliest bmw…Joining company with 2 series

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