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Next generation BMW 1-series spied, will be FWD and lose inline-six


Only expected to hit showroom floors in 2019, spy shots of the third generation BMW 1-series have leaked online ahead of its intended global unveiling next year.

Posted by Britain's Auto Express, the still heavily camouflaged five-door prototype will incorporate BMW's latest styling language as seen on the 5-series and 7-series, with the biggest talking point being the switch from rear to front-wheel drive.

Likely to use the same UKL platform as the Mini and BMW X1, the new 1-series will reportedly also feature a longer wheelbase and possibly a gain in overall height and width compared to the current F20 generation.

The shift in platform would however result in the loss of the six-cylinder engine in the performance M140i, due to the UKL being a optimised for four-cylinder engines only. As such, expect the flagship 1-series to employ a blown four-pot, as well as boast the option of xDrive all-wheel drive to rival the likes of the Volkswagen Golf R, Mercedes-AMG A45 and Ford Focus RS.

Aside from the M140i, engine choices will likely consist of the same range as the current 1-series albeit revised, as well as from the Mini and X1. A plug-in hybrid model could also join the line-up at some stage.


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