BMW took a rather unusual route in slowly unveiling the next-generation 1-Series. Instead of the usual teaser photos showing a dimly-lit car, they went to Instagram Stories to slowly unravel it. It's a tease for now, but it's a sign that their hatchback is coming pretty soon.
Despite the livery hiding some of the 1 Series’ lines, the new hatchback takes some styling inspiration from the next-gen 3 Series. From the eye-catching headlights, to the larger dual kidney grill, the new 1 Series looks sleeker and bolder than its predecessor.
There’s also a new front bumper design which appears to have a chin spoiler and larger lower air intake, hinting that this could be the M-Sport model. But it is perhaps the rear which gets the most obvious of changes. New-style taillights, a bigger tailgate, as well as a new spoiler provide the 1 Series a fresher look and finish.
Besides giving fans a peek at its new body, BMW also teased the 1 Series’ new cabin, particularly its redesigned dashboard. Like all BMWs today, the next-generation hatchback is now available with an all-digital instrument display. With it, features like navigation, points-of-interests, as well as other media can now be displayed in real-time alongside the rev counter and speedometer. There is no word if this particular feature will be standard across the range.
As mentioned before, the new 1 Series will no longer be a rear-wheel drive (RWD) model. Instead, it will be front-wheel drive (FWD) and will be available with one of the most powerful Twin Power Turbo engines BMW has ever built. It is rated to crank out over 300 horsepower and will come with reinforced internals as well as optimized fuel injectors. Apart from the 2.0-liter turbo, expect the 1 Series to be available with other engine variants, which may include hybrids or turbo-diesel offerings.
With BMW planning to start deliveries before the year ends, we can expect a full reveal of the 2020 BMW 1 Series some time soon.