We learned more details about the 1-Series from Mark Russell, BMW M-Division’s product manager for North America. He has been praising the 1-Series M-Coupe but when asked if there will be a new M version with the next generation BMW 1-Series, he said that the 1-Series five-door hatchback was entirely redesigned for the markets in Europe.
But he emphasized that North America isn’t likely to get a redesign for the 1-Series Coupe and Convertible in the near future.
He added that the redesigned 1-Series five-door hatchback is currently on sale in Europe but the current 1-Series coupe and convertible will continue to be available in the U.S. for one or two more model years.
He said that these models are considered to be in mid-life cycle and this is why the 1-Series coupe and convertible are some time away from being redesigned in the U.S.
He also said that it’s likely that there will be a successor to the 1-Series M-Coupe but since it’s too far off in the future, it’s “hard to consider.” He also said that while BMW M engineers would love the chance to create cars such as the 1-Series M Coupe each year, it’s impossible.
The distinctive qualities of the new BMW 1-series include the rear and front -wheel drive system, longitudinal engine position, and the new drive train layout. These features give us a whole new impression about the car’s overall handling and performance.
Meanwhile, some of the latest features in the compact model include the new vibrant design that bears the 1-Series’ new exciting “personality”. Given that, BMW’s typical characteristics are still very much visible on the new model. These are the old familiar swept-back passenger cell, wide wheelbase and the usual long bonnet.
BMW 1-Series’ design standards also show the exotic curves and prominent lines that are highly distinctive to the brand’s compact car lineup. This is what we usually see at the front sidewall where the swage line flows down the rear lamps, the shoulder area and even along the door handles. This very distinct outline also creeps in below the doorsills and the rear wheel arches that give emphasis to the car’s excellent rear wheel drive layout.
Basically, the front of the new BMW looks more youthful than ever. The grille leans further to the front to create a sportier appearance. The bonnet meanwhile has four distinctive lines forming a V shape around the grille.
Come to think of it, the three-dimensional air intake, more daring headlights and dashingly handsome kidney grille now dominate the front section. What’s more, the round headlamps now come with chrome trims that resemble the eyebrows. Thus, giving that kind of look that’s hard to ignore. Aside from the LED crown rings, accent lights and built-in side indicators on the door mirror, customers can always avail of the optional Xenon lamps just like before.
To add more visual appeal to the already gorgeous coupé exterior, BMW has enhanced the side profile with the usual finishing touches. The BMW 1-Series comes with flat side windows, angled windshields and sloping rooflines. Similarly, the extended C-pillars with Hofmeister kink provide passengers an easier access to the back seat.