The third-generation of the BMW 1-series is going to be a turning point for the German automaker and its launch will lead the company’s front-wheel drive push going into 2019.
However, the top of the range M130iX M Performance model will be four-wheel drive. The M130iX hot hatch will be the front runner of the company’s attempt to overhaul to front-wheel drive cars as BMW is trying to prove that it can also offer a credible front-driven performance model apace with its traditionally successful rear-wheel-drive M cars.
This move by company is set to free up space for better packaging, especially for the cars like the new BMW 1-series. BMW’s new set up allows it for a lower kerb weight, more profitability and a simplified production process than its rear-wheel-drive predecessor. The car will be underpinned on the company’s front-wheel-drive FAAR (Frontantriebsarchitektur) platform.
Klaus Fröhlich, BMW’s head of development, stated that this structure will be a progression of the UKL platform on which the 2-series Active Tourer and 2-series Gran Tourer and the Mini line-up have been built. This platform though comes up with added modularity and flexibility, and is able to support a full-electric drivetrain and battery combinations.
Under the hood, will be the updated versions of the turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder and turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engines and the company has also planned to introduce a version with electrification. The more powerful versions are planned to be introduced in order to adopt a particulate filter, taking an attempt to reduce CO2 emissions to a model-line-specific average of less than around 120g/km, as per the BMW engineering sources.