You read this one right, the third generation of the BMW 1 Series is going to for the lighter body, roomier interior, and FWD! Well, even though the front wheel drive will most certainly anger some of their “hardcore” fan base, that same solution is going to bring many good things to the BMW as a company.
The 2019 BMW 1 Series FAAR
The platform that will be used for the 2019 BMW 1 Series is not just the original Mini’s UKL architecture that was used in X1 and the 2 Series Active Tourer. It is an evolution of that platform, and this is not some scoop! This is an official announcement made by the BMW’s Klaus Fröhlich. The platform will not be called UKL but FAAR (which is short for a German word “FRONTANTRIEBSARCHITEKTUR”).
FAAR will lower the starting price for all the upcoming models, it will bring some new design opportunities, and (obviously) anger some of the fans. But, even though this hatchback is going to be the first one (out of six BMWs) using the FAAR platform, BMW already introduced FWD with 2 Series Active Tourer and seven-seat Gran Tourer. Those two models are pretty popular.
Sharper Exterior on the New 2019 BMW 1 Series
Changes on the 2019 BMW 1 Series exterior are very subtle, but you can clearly see that they were going for a sharper look. That long hood – gone, gentle lines – gone! Say hello to a new edgier, sportier version of your favorite hatchback. They didn’t even care about the original design of their signature grille. It also went through changes and it is now… well, boxier. However, that is why car manufacturers place camouflage over their prototypes. It is not there to make it pretty. It is there to make you wonder. And a designer from “Carscoops” made a rendered version of the new 2019 BMW 1 Series exterior, and I have to say that it looks beautiful.
The 2019 BMW 1 Series Interior Bigger But Same
The new platform made possible for engineers to make more extra room in the interior. It will have a more modern cabin updated with their own technology that has already been seen in some other models like X2 or 5 Series. And we know that BMW learned a lot while producing a larger Mini Countryman, so we expect everything to be more practical and compact.
And What About the 2019 BMW 1 Series Engine Specs?!
For the base model you should expect a three-cylinder 1.5 liter and four-cylinder 2.0 liter turbocharged (both) diesel and gasoline engines paired up with 6-speed manual gearbox or an 8-speed automatic. The company is also ready to produce two hybrid models with driving ranges going up to 30 miles. This system pairs up the 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor.
2019 BMW 1 Series M Performance is Two Cylinders Short!
This model is also going to get the M Performance badge. The top dog will be the M140i offered with xDrive. However, there is a big surprise coming with the new 2019 BMW 1 Series M Performance model. The outgoing model is using six cylinders and the 2019 model will lose two of them. So, the rumor is that this model is going to have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 335 hp.
This range-topper will most likely go through a name-change too. It will either be called M130i or M140i xDrive. It should be the main rival to the (soon to be replaced) Audi’s A3, VW Golf, Infinity Q30, Volvo’s V40, etc.
What is the Official 2019 BMW 1 Series Release Date?
The all-new 2019 BMW 1 Series should be released sometime at the end of 2018 or in the first quarter of 2019. BMW has to unveil it really soon. And you should also expect the performance version 8-12 months after the release of the base model.
You can watch a spy video of a camouflaged M140i being tested on the Nürburgring.
2019 BMW 1 Series is going to lead the company into a new era. They will stop producing RWD vehicles and make a transition to the FWD. They are doing that to make their vehicles roomier, lighter, cheaper, and to make it easier to implement hybrid technology in their new vehicles. That is why the 2019 BMW 1 Series is their first vehicle to be built on the FAAR architecture. However, nobody knows if this is going to become some sort of a rule for BMW. They might go back to the RWD or just leave some models as they are, without any plan to incorporate the hybrid technology in them.
We just have to wait and see the real uncovered version of the 2019 BMW 1 Series in order to give our final verdict. It needs to be fully uncovered and that date is coming really fast. We will update this text when that happens.