FWD BMW 1 Series Might Head Stateside

by Bimmerfest.com Member - Sebastien Bell on August 9, 2017, 2:44 pm
The 1 Series is coming back to America. Sort of. This 1 Series, unlike the last one, will send power to the front wheels and come as a value offering that doesn't skimp on the premium features.

This 1 Series was designed for the Chinese market and wasn’t initially intended for US consumption, but Automotive News quotes an unnamed source that says it will go on sale here in 2019 and will compete with the Mercedes A-Class (set for a 2018 US debut).

Ian Robertson, BMW’s global sales chief, though, maintains that a US debut is unlikely.

Based on the same platform as the X1 and some MINI products, the 1 Series was designed for city duty. Although the Chinese market is just as SUV-hungry as America, tight cities mean that there’s still an appetite for small, luxury-packed city cars.



Built by Brilliance-BMW, a long standing joint Chinese venture, the little bimmer is designed for the young and the hip.

BMW offers 1 Series buyers three engines: a 1.5-liter 3 cylinder engine, making 136 hp; a 2.0-liter turbo pumping out 192 hp, and 231 hp 2.0-liter turbo. Coming with an 8.8-inch infotainment display and premium accoutrements, it won’t skimp on the luxury, despite its “value” placement in the range.

The car would apparently run alongside the similarly sized 2 Series, which is still expected to be updated in 2018 and redesigned in 2022. That, even despite a four-door 2 Series Gran Coupe that’s expected to debut in 2020._a2_



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6 responses to FWD BMW 1 Series Might Head Stateside

PowerfulF22 commented:
August 17, 2017, 12:08 am

Definitely not a car I would buy. From the pictures it is way too small and ugly. Also if I want a BMW I expect the engine to be mounted longitudinally, not a horizontal one
LittleBear commented:
September 13, 2017, 7:20 pm

BMW must be smoking something. How many FWD small cars are on the market already? How many RWD small cars? NONE!
Pls BMW, build a small, fun car like the 2002. Not another rabbit, or CLA, or....
Autoputzer commented:
September 13, 2017, 9:03 pm

I wouldn't buy one, mainly because it's made in China. But...

FWD makes sense in a small four-door sedan. People who buy four-doors do so because they have three or four people in the car. RWD BMW's are cramped. My 535i is cramped, especially compared to Frau Putzer's 2006 Honda Accord. This thing would also be cheap. That would bring more traffic and profits to the U.S. dealerships, and give them a boost in the EPA's Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) requirements.

The current F22/23/87 2 Series is a sufficiently comfortable car for two people. But, a lot of that car's length is devoted to that longitudinally mounted in-line six cylinder.

Small cars are also narrower than larger cars. Chuck a modern 8/9 speed automatic between the two front occupant's thighs and it gets cramped there, too.
Ranjit Bakshi commented:
October 6, 2017, 2:40 pm

I own one in Mumbai. Within a year, the wind shield rubber crumpled. Then the steering column had to be changed. And now the Starter and battery needs replacement. My Ford Endeavour is doing much better, and locally manufactured Mahindra Scorpio is sailing smooth even after 100K miles.
mr_clueless commented:
October 18, 2017, 2:14 pm

May be better to get a Mini, if a FWD BMW is what you're looking for.
blue dragon commented:
November 6, 2017, 5:10 pm

Lol, May as well buy a Geely....
The sheep will buy it without realizing its built in China.