This is the first 1 Series to use a front-wheel drive platform and from the photos shown here, the car seems to be M135i xDrive with its souped-up body kit and blue brake calipers.
Thanks to Carscoops, we can now see how the car looks inside too. Drawing inspiration from the latest 3 Series, the dashboard is clearly driver-focused and features a digital instrument cluster. It remains to be seen whether variants lower down in the range might be equipped with an analogue instrument cluster instead.
Unfortunately we can't yet tell the switch to a front-wheel/all-wheel drive drivetrain has given the car more interior space than its predecessor. Hopefully, the new entry-level BMW will get a larger boot space too.
The all new BMW 1 Series is expected to be launched later this year, likely at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September.