Spyshots: 2019 BMW 1 Series Shows Massive Kidney Grille, Aggressive Air Intakes

The 2019 BMW 1 Series is now moving into its advanced development stages and the freshest spyshots of the Bavarian compact allow us to check out new design details.
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Zooming in on the front fascia of the Bimmer, we notice the massive kidney grilles that define the automaker's most recent styling language. And, even though the front apron is covered in heavy camouflage, it's obvious that the intakes are overly generous. In fact, the uncovered left corner of the bumper means we can get a taste of the intake design.

The German designers will undoubtedly gift the third generation of the 1er with an uber-appealing appearance. It's all part of an asset package aimed at moving the focus away from the fact that the newcomer will mark the switch from RWD to FWD.

As we've mentioned on previous occasions, the new 1 Series will be based on the carmaker's UKL platform. The architecture is currently offered in two versions and while the first serves the MINI Hatch (3-door and 5-door), as well as the MINI Convertible, the second can be found underneath the MINI Clubman and Countryman, as well as underneath the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Gran Tourer, the new BMW X1 and the BMW 1 Series Sedan. Keep in mind that the saloon we're talking about is a Chinese market product, one that entered production earlier this year.

Nevertheless, not all 2019 1 Series will be front-paw machines, since xDrive AWD will be offered as standard or in the form of an option.

It will be interesting to see how the Bavarian engineers will approach the performance side of the lineup. We've already spied the 2019 M140i on the Nurburgring, with the M Performance hot hatch expected to move from its current straight-six form to a turbo-four unit, albeit with the output set to remain well above 300 horses.

We could also expect to see the German automaker introducing a proper M version of the next 1 Series, but it's still too early to discuss such matters.
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