BMW began production of a new generation 1-Series hatchback

BMW began production of a new generation 1-Series hatchback

July 8, 2019 0 By autotimesnews

BMW in the factory in Leipzig began mass production of the third-generation hatchback 1-Series, which switched to front-wheel drive

BMW has begun mass production of the third-generation hatchback 1-Series, which premiered in late May. The novelty got on the assembly line of the enterprise in Leipzig, where cars of two previous generations were produced.

The basis of the new 1 Series is the modular architecture of the FAAR with the transverse arrangement of the motor and drive to the front axle, which replaced the previous longitudinal pattern with rear driving wheels. At the moment, this chassis is already used on the BMW X1 and X2 crossovers, as well as on the MINI Countryman.

It is assumed that in the next few months, BMW will produce up to 600 cars daily. The very first car was a hatchback in the 118i version with a gasoline engine, blue body color and a sports body kit. The car will go to the buyer from Italy.

The top model at the time of launch is the M135i xDrive, equipped with a two-liter four-cylinder supercharged engine, developing 306 liters. with. and 450 Nm of torque. This is the most powerful serial “four” in the history of BMW cars.

The unit is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system. BMW M135i xDrive can accelerate from place to the first 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. (with the M Performance package – in 4.7 seconds), and its maximum speed is forcibly limited to 250 km per hour.

It is assumed that in the future, the BMW 1-Series will have a more extreme version with a motor power of about 400 horsepower. Such a car will be able to compete with the Mercedes-AMG A45.