With the X7 Concept to set foot at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW is continuously developing a line of all-new models before the decade ends. The German automaker is determined to release 40 new models by 2020 and BMW is hard at work with the next-generation 1 Series.
This time around, out spies have spotted the test car sporting far less camouflage. At the front is a clearer view of the kidney grill. Larger and wider than before, it follows the current design language of the brand. A closer look sees edgy bumper corners with integrated air intakes, perhaps for brake cooling and enhanced airflow. A trim piece at the center of the air intake suggests that the 1 Series might come with adaptive cruise control. At the moment, the car is not wearing its production-spec headlights.
However, the sides still cover a lot of detail, namely with false panels on the doors to hide its character lines. Following BMW's current styling signatures, expect an air outlet on the fenders, as well as a Hoffmeister kink. Also, the body is noticeably longer than the outgoing model. With the 1 Series shifting to a front-wheel drive, Mini-based platform, it is likely that there is more cabin room in the third-generation model.
Like the sides, the rear section is still well hidden. What we do see is an integrated tailgate spoiler which starts at the base of the windshield. There is, of course, BMW's shark fin antenna on the rood while a large, single tailpipe possibly denotes a four-cylinder model. Other than the lesser camouflage in front, there isn't much to go on besides the fact that this particular car is blue.
A mentioned, the next-generation 1 Series moves to a front-wheel platform which is shared with Mini. Dubbed the UKL, it is more than likely that the Mini's engine range will make their way to the 1 Series. It starts with a turbocharged 1.5-liter, three cylinder engine with 2.0-liter turbo mills being available in various horsepower ratings. It is yet to be known if xDrive all-wheel drive will be an option but given that the all-new 1 Series also shares its platform with the X1, it is indeed a possibility.