BMW M135i xDrive is the latest hot hatch from Munich

BMW launched the all-new third generation of the 1-Series together with its most powerfull variant – the M135i xDrive – which for the first time in the model’s history is based on a new FWD architecture (supporting the xDrive AWD system) and is no longer available with a six cylinder engine.

Design-wise, the 1 Series adopts BMW’s latest design identity, distancing itself from its predecessors with more conventional proportions. Due to the FWD layout, the front overhang is significantly larger, while the bonnet and the wheelbase is shorter. Compared to the lesser versions, the M135i xDrive is distinguished by a sporty bodykit that includes new front and rear bumpers, side sills, rear spoiler and 18″ wheels (optional 19″).

At the front, the kidney grille has grown larger, with the two kidneys merging in the middle and boasting a three dimensional look. Headlights are more agressive and support full-LED technology while the sporty front bumper has larger openings and two vertical side intakes. The profile of the car is less muscular and more SUV-like compared to its predecessor, but the dynamic character lines and the forward stance add up to the sportiness. Finally, the agressive rear lights with full-LED graphics are reminicent of the X2 sporty SUV while the rear bumper has a large diffuser painted in black and 2 oval tailpipes with a diameter of 100mm.

The new premium C-Segment is 4,319mm (-5mm) long,  1,799mm (+34mm) wide and 1,434 (+13mm) tall, with a wheelbase of 2.670 mm (-20mm).

Thanks to the new platform the BMW 1 Series is much roomier compared to its predecessors, with increased rear kneeroom by +33mm, rear headroom by +19mm, rear elbowroom by +13mm and front elbowroom by +42mm. At the same time, the luggace capacity is 380 liters (+20 liters) and can grow up to 1,200 liters with the rear seats folded.

Inside we find a 10,25″ digital instrument cluster, an optional 9,2″ colour Head-Up Display and another 10,25″ touch screen sitting on the center console which like in all BMW models is tilted towards the driver.

Under the bonnet there is a new TwinPower Turbo four cylinder 2.0 liter engine producing 225 kw / 306 hp and 450 Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels thanks to the xDrive system with a newly developed mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential housed inside the 8-speed Steptronic Sport dual clutch transmission. Thus, the new M135i xDrive accelerates from 0-100km/h in 4,8″ (or 4,7″ with the M Performance package) while its top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h. That means the new car is slower compared to its predecessor by a small margin.

According to BMW the third generation of the 1 Series “showcases the debut appearance of BMW’s cutting-edge new front-wheel-drive architecture”, offering “benchmark driving dynamics for the segment and a far more spacious interior”, benefiting from the ARB (actuator contiguous wheel slip limitation) technology and the BMW Performance Control. The M Sport suspension has a -10 mm reduction in ride height, while the optional Adaptive suspension with VDC (Variable Damper Control) offers the choise between Comfort and Sport modes. The car is also equipped with with electromechanical M Sport steering with Servotronic function and M Sport brakes.

The new BMW 1 Series comes with the latest driving assistance and safety systems including Collision and Pedestrian Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Active Cruise Control (optional), Driving Assistant (optional) and Parking Assistant.

BMW will present its new premium C-Segment model at the #NEXTGen event which will take place at Welt, Munich between 25-27 June 2019, before the global debut which is schedulled for the 28th of September 2019 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Below you can find all of the previous hot hatches from BMW which featured six cylinder engines: