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BMW 1 Series Hatchback Debuts for Europe
We thought it would happen a long time ago, but BMW has just now revealed the new front-wheel-drive BMW 1 Series hatchback. Those of us here in the U.S. shouldn’t get too excited, though. There are no current plans to offer the 1 Series in the U.S., BMW told us.
The new BMW 1 Series hatch gets a more sophisticated look that’s in line with larger members of the BMW lineup. It adopts a larger kidney grille, with the kidneys connecting in the middle.
The headlights and taillights are slimmer, and large 19-inch wheels are now available as an option. Along with an M Sport model and the M135i, there is also a Sport Line version with black accents, a Luxury Line with aluminum accents, and a base Advantage model.
Inside the cabin, BMW promises improved headroom and kneeroom in the rear, with more cargo capacity behind the rear seats. A power liftgate is now available, as is an electric panoramic roof with backlit trim strips that light up in six different colors.
The BMW’s increased interior space is the result of a new architecture. The 1 Series shifts from a rear-drive layout to BMW’s front-drive-based UKL platform, which also supports all-wheel drive. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system will be available as an option.
Three different suspensions can be had, including a standard suspension, M Sport suspension with 10mm reduction in ride height, and an adaptive suspension. All 1 Series hatches get a multi-link rear axle.
It’s kind of a shame this model won’t make it to the U.S., especially given the likelihood that a premium hot hatch M version is in the works is high.
But we’re not too worried, because we’re anticipating the sleek and pint-sized 2 Series Gran Coupe. This vehicle, built on the same new front-drive architecture, is expected to compete against the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz CLA. Source: www.motortrend.com