Report: BMW 1-Series to be larger and front-wheel drive

AutoExpress in the UK reports with some follow-up details surrounding the much-anticipated next-generation 1-series, which is expected to drop its rear-wheel drive platform for BMW’s latest UKL1 platform, the same platform used for the new generation of Mini and BMW’s 2-Series Active Tourer MPV.

This latest report confirms the original plans of the 1-Series becoming front-wheel drive. It will also be made available in three- and five-door hatchback form. Additionally, stylistically, the new 1-Series will also be a visual precursor to the next redesigned 2-Series coupe and convertible.

Expect a longer wheelbase than the outgoing model to aid in making the interior more spacious–also, the lack of a center hump in the cabin from front-wheel drive packaging will open up the cabin cell floor. Though this is most likely going to be irrelevant with xDrive all-wheel drive.

Speaking of which, there are rumors of an all-wheel drive M-version that’s expected, utilizing a 2.0L TwinPower Turbo four-banger reworked to serve up 360bhp. Yes, it is destined to have the famed “M1” nameplate…now’s the proper time to revolt…

Source: AutoExpress

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