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Spied: 2019 BMW 1-series goes front-wheel drive

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Aurick Go / CarPix for AutoIndustriya.com | May 04, 2017 09:48

New drivetrain yields more legroom and cargo space

Yes, we’re cringing at that headline too. With BMW moving the upcoming 1-series onto the new UKL platform, we will likely see the entry-level compact being powered through the front wheels. Much like the 2-series Active Tourer that first used the new platform, the 1-series appears to have grown in girth – possibly yielding more legroom and cargo space in the cabin.

Spied: 2019 BMW 1-series goes front-wheel drive

If those big brakes, twin exhausts, and lower ride height are anything to go by, this particular model that our spies have eyed may well be the range-topping M140i. This trim could have the xDrive four-wheel drive system as well as a turbocharged four-cylinder fitted onto it – making the M140i a contender against the Golf R and the Ford Focus RS.

Spied: 2019 BMW 1-series goes front-wheel drive

As for the rest of the range, the 1-series will find itself with various engine choices from three to four cylinders and either in diesel or petrol. Plug-in hybrid versions will almost certainly be offered given how the UKL platform currently has options as such. BMW says they’ll be canceling the 3-door hatchback version of the 1-series, leaving us with only the 5-door hatch for the upcoming model.

Spied: 2019 BMW 1-series goes front-wheel drive