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Spied: 2019 BMW 1-series testing on the Nürburgring

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AutoIndustriya.com / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | June 22, 2017 03:54

BMW takes the upcoming front-wheel drive 1-series to the 'Ring

With BMW moving to the UKL platform for the upcoming 2019 1-series, it is most certain that the entry-level compact will be powered through the front wheels. This then comes to no surprise as to why BMW seems to have taken the upcoming 1-series to the Nurburgring for performance testing along with a Mini Cooper in tow.

Spied: 2019 BMW 1-series tested at the Nurburgring

Despite the revised handling characteristics, the 1-series will likely benefit from more space especially for passengers at the rear. It is also expected to have more trunk space for luggage – generally increasing cabin size.

Looking at the prototype seen by our spies, the next-gen 1-series is still heavily clad in camouflage, much like when we first saw it. We do get a glimpse of the new projector headlights, which appear to use LED, though could be swapped out for a different pair on the production model. Despite the black cloth, expect the BMW signature kidney grill at the center, with massive intake vents right below.

Spied: 2019 BMW 1-series tested at the Nurburgring

Given the size of the brake rotors and caliper, lower ride height and large dual-exit exhaust, the prototype spotted it likely the M140i. Our spies mention that it is likely powered by a four-cylinder turbo engine connected to the xDrive four-wheel-drive system.

Spied: 2019 BMW 1-series tested at the Nurburgring

As for the rest of the upcoming 1-series line, they will have a wide array of both gasoline and diesel engines, both in three and four-cylinder versions. With the versatility of the new UKL platform, an all-electric version could also spawn. Body wise, our spies mention that the 3-door hatch has likely been canceled, with only the 5-door hatch remaining.