Next BMW 1 looks partly inspired by the X2 and 3 Series
Photos showing the next-generation BMW 1 Series hatchback have recently surfaced online. The car makes a switch to a new front-wheel-drive architecture called FAAR and sports a revised exterior design with some elements taken from the X2 and 3 Series (G20).
Despite the new platform, the 2020 BMW 1 Series (F40) has the same dimensions as its predecessor, while somehow managing to offer more interior space.
The M135i XDrive trim version will be shipping with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine as the current X2 M35i. The latter manages to get 306 hp (228 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lbft) of torque out of it, but it remains to be seen just how well the same unit will perform in the 1 Series hatchback.
The M135i XDrive will also now ship with an AWD system, an eight-speed automatic transmission and the M Sport front differential by default.
According to rumors, the manufacturer is also readying a top trim called the M145i and allegedly rated at 400 hp (298 kW).
The BMW 1 Series is the first BMW model that, while it comes equipped with a traditional internal combustion engine, still takes advantage of the ARB torque vectoring system initially designed for the all-electric BMW i3s.
Reporter Artem Sukhanov