Seen here in a 5 door format, the new 1-Series evolves from the current model’s styling with sharper and more prominent creases all around, along with a much more pronounced front end that sports unusually large headlamps. These headlamps remind me of a person with deep eye bags. According to the leaked information, the new 1 Series rides on a platform that is 85mm longer, bringing the total car length to 4,320mm. The cargo area has been increased by 30 liters, from the existing 330 to 360 liters. Passengers should enjoy more leg room, thanks to the longer platform.
Under the hood, a variety of engines will be available. The turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol will have outputs of 134 hp, 168 hp and eventually a range-topping 247 hp. On the diesel side, there's a turbocharged 2.0-liter that develops 114 hp, 141 hp or 181 hp. Regardless of what powertrain is selected, it will be connected to a six speed manual or an eight speed automatic transmission. As part of BMW's EfficientDynamics strategy, all models will come equipped with an engine start/stop system and regenerative brakes. This should enable the 1-Series to have an average fuel consumption that ranges from 4.3 to 5.8 liters per 100 km.
The new 1 series will compete in the premium hatchback segment, currently dominated by models such as the VW Golf, Ford Focus and Audi A3.