BMW 1-Series revealed, now Front wheel driven

The hatchback gets a complete visual and mechanical overhaul with a new set of powertrain options.

The 2020 BMW 1-series has been revealed with a completely revised exterior layout and new tech on offer. Rear wheel drive hatchbacks are a special but dying breed. Known for their dynamic abilities and fun-to-drive traits, these cars were praised for being distinct. The BMW 1 Series was no different with its rear wheel drive layout and famed Bavarian dynamics.

But now, the third-gen 1 Series is here and it sends its power to the front wheels. It also gets a complete visual and mechanical overhaul. The hatchback is being offered with a front-wheel drive system for the first time. The car is now in its 3rd generation and the German manufacturer has made a host of changes on the inside as well as the outside. The hatchback is available in four variants :  Adventure Line, Luxury Line, Sport Line and M Sport.

The signature BMW kidney grille has a huge presence at the front and is flanked by LED headlamps with DRLs. The rear profile of the vehicle is brought to life by the sleek pair of tail lights. To add more character to the car, it also comes with a diffuser and twin tailpipes, but only on the M135i variant.

Owing to its front-wheel drive architecture, the new 1 Series has more interior space than before. The headroom has now increased by 19 mm, the rear legroom has increased by 33 mm and the elbow room is now 13 mm wider. Not only does it offer more knee room, even the shoulder room for rear occupants has gone up by a significant margin. Meanwhile, the boot space has also gone up by 20 litres as it now stands at 380 litres. The 1 Series also gets an electric tailgate for the first time.

The new 1-series gets a panoramic sunroof for the first time and also gets an optional wireless charging pad in front of the gear lever. The interiors have a very airy and premium feel to it and it is enhanced by the new 10.25-inch infotainment system. The German carmaker has equipped this infotainment system with the latest BMW Operating System 7.0. The instrument cluster is also a 10.25-inch digital unit and you also get an optional 9.2-inch Head-Up Display.

BMW is offering three diesel engines and two petrol engines with the new 1-Series in the European market. The diesel engine options include 116d, 118d and 120d xDrive engine. Whereas in petrol, there is 118i engine and range topping M135i xDrive petrol engine that churns out 302 BHP and gets all-wheel drive and launch control. Gearbox options include 6-speed manual, 7-speed AT and an 8-speed AT which is offered as standard on the 120d.

The 1-series is well equipped in terms of safety and comes with city braking function, active cruise control, lane change warning, rear collision warning, active lane return, etc. Safety features like rearview camera, park assist function and park distance control are an optional extra.

We can expect BMW to introduce the new 1-Series in India by next year to compete with the likes of Mercedes A-Class, Audi A3 and Volvo V40.

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