The new, front-driven BMW 1-Series will be a turning point for the German automaker and its more powerful all-wheel drive derivative is crucial, as it wants to prove that they can offer a class-leading performance model with the engine transversely mounted, according to Autocar.
Power will come from an upgraded version of BMW’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit, making around 300hp that will be channeled to all four corners via a multi-plate-clutch xDrive four-wheel-drive system.
The 2019 BMW 1-Series will become the company’s first model to ride on the new front-drive FAAR (Frontantriebsarchitektur) platform, which in turn is an evolution of the UKL platform found in the 2-Series Active Tourer as well as in all the Mini models, but now has the ability to support fully-electric powertrains.
The adoption of the new platform also means that the third-generation 1-Series will be lighter and more spacious, thanks to the infinitely better packaging of the front-drive architecture. Offering a proper fun driving character should also be no problem as the new layout will also allow BMW’s engineers to lower the center of gravity and perhaps even use some tricks from their colleagues at Mini.
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