Spied: Next-gen BMW 1 Series reveals its eyes to the public


2019 BMW 1 Series shows more detail as debut comes closer

It looks like we're getting closer to seeing the next-generation BMW 1 Series. Our spies have caught the hatchback showing off more significant details, specifically its lights.

In these batch of photos, the 1 Series is sporting production headlights. By the looks of it, it appears that this particular car is sporting LED units although the signature 'corona rings' aren't quite visible just yet. Given BMW's current design language, it is likely that the headlights will be connected to the grill. Also, it looks like the 1 Series will be available with some form of adaptive cruise control. Other than these cues, the rest of the front fascia is still very much well covered.

Also seen here are what will likely be one of the optional rim designs available for the third-generation 1 Series. A closer look also reveals an upward sweeping window line, integrating BMW's 'Hoffmeister Kink' in the rear window. For the back, the car now comes with its production tail lights, plus, we get a clearer look of the tailgate and bumper. True to BMW tradition, the next-gen 1 Series features L-shaped tail lights with a wraparound design. A tailgate with a low liftover is also present, as well as an integrated rear spoiler which stems from the bottom of the rear windshield.

As previously reported, the 2019 BMW 1 Series will continue BMW's front-wheel drive range expansion. Riding on what's called the UKL architecture, the hatchback also shares its underpinnings with the entire Mini range, BMW X1, X2, 2 Series Gran Tourer and Active Tourer. The UKL platform will also be the basis of the 2 Series Gran Coupe, which our spies spotted earlier this year. Engines are likely to feature three and four-cylinder units with a mix of turbocharged gas and turbodiesels.

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