If you take a poll on this, the most definite result will show that the BMW 1 Series is far away from their best and most attractive model ever produced, but that has greatly changed with the introduction of the massive refresh back in early 2015. The thing is that the BMW engineers are unstoppable and they are developing a new model expected to arrive sometime in the second half of 2018 as a 2019 model year. The online buzz is speculating that the styling will be evolutionary, and it will be done pretty much in the same way as BMW’s most recent products. That is why the 2019 BMW 1 Series might very much resemble the rendering we have provided for you.
The general lines of the 1 Series will not change much, but the revolutionary styling is what will bring a breath of fresh air to the exterior of the vehicle. Some big changes are going to impact the driving orientation of the 2019 BMW 1 Series, meaning that the German car maker is aiming at ditching the current model’s rear-wheel-drive layout and switch to an FWD platform shared with the 2 Series Active Tourer & Gran Tourer MPV duo and the Minis. But the change from the RWD to FWD is already happening and to support this claim we have the China-only 1 Series Sedan that rides on the UKL platform. It has even been spotted testing on the streets of Germany which indicates that it just might end up in Europe after all.
According to some speculations, it is believed that the 2019 BMW 1 Series has a code-name “F40” and that it will most likely be offered in three and five-door variants, with a possibility that it will grow slightly which means more room inside, especially for the passengers at the back. Since it will ride on the UKL platform, it will be powered by three and four cylinder turbocharged engines borrowed from the company’s lineup. Keep in mind that the more powerful and potent engines will be backed up with the xDrive AWD setup that has more, much-needed grip.
But if you disregard all that we wrote here, the only thing that keeps hovering above your head is the fact that the company like BMW is trying to change something that is iconic for their brand like RWD into something different. That is without a doubt a downgrade for the “Ultimate Driving Machine,” but it will not affect people that are looking for an entry-level BMW. How come? Well, the fact is that the study published by the German manufacturer back in 2010 revealed that an incredible 80% of 1 Series owners believed it was an FWD car. How about that?!