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2019 BMW 125i Changes, Review and Release

2019 BMW 125i Changes, Review and Release – BMW is plotting a new generation 1 Series. The next premium hatchback from BMW is set for a reveal late in 2018, before hitting showrooms in early 2019. Despite the fact that a launch is still just under two years away, our spy photographers have caught an early glimpse of the car undergoing assessment by BMW engineers.

2019 BMW 125i Changes, Review and Release

2019 BMW 125i Changes, Review and Release we didn’t get a chance to enjoy the second-generation BMW 125i here in the States, yet with the introduction of the third-gen model, BMW has decided we are worthy yet again. So far, very little is known about the new 1 Series, yet one major factor could be rather detrimental to its success: it’s shifting from a RWD architecture to a FWD architecture. It’s a move that’s surely ruffling some feathers in the Bimmer community. This switch is made possible by UKL platform that debuted in the 2014 Mini Cooper and now underpins the new BMW 125i, 2 Series Active Tourer, and the X1. Outside of this, the new BMW 125i will shed its homely exterior design in favor of a more aggressive look with a slightly longer wheelbase than previous models. Rumor also has it BMW is dropping the three-door model, leaving just the five-door hatch to fight against models like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, among others.

2019 BMW 125i Changes, Review and Release
2019 BMW 125i Changes, Review and Release

More importantly, however, is the fact that the UKL platform will translate to more space inside for rear seat passengers and cargo. Compared to the Mini Cooper, the new 1 Series will be somewhat longer and is even said to be coming back to the U.S. And, to add even more fuel to the fire, the BMW 125i could come back with as much as 360 horsepower on tap just enough to put the Focus RS and Golf R in their place. However, before we get too far into all of that, let’s take a short walk down memory lane before diving into hints offered by the first round of spy shots.

2019 BMW 125i Exterior

2019 BMW 125i Changes, Review and Release before we dive too far into the looks of this prototype, I want to point out that this thing is rocking a relatively low ride height, beefy brakes, and large dual exhaust outlets. This all points to this being a higher-trimmed model, most likely the M140i. As such, it’s probably hiding a decent number of aggressive cues under the camo that include rounded and defined corner air intakes and a larger air dam.

2019 BMW 125i Exterior
2019 BMW 125i Exterior

And, if you peak through the screen in the corners, you can actually see the lip of the fascia curving up on the bottom, reinforcing my thoughts on the more aggressive nature. 2019 BMW X3 xDrive20d Release Date and Review. As is the usual case, we can’t make out anything about the grille at this point, however it appears as if it will grow in size a bit. It will still have the usual rounded appearance and chrome trim yet should grow by at least five to 10 percent.

2019 BMW 125i Interior

2019 BMW 125i Changes, Review and Release there’s really no telling what BMW will improve the situation the interior of the next-gen 1 Series, however we may have a hint thanks to the recently released 1 Series sedan for the Chinese market. 2019 BMW M140i Review. It’s based on the current-gen model yet was updated to have its very own look inside.

2019 BMW 125i Interior
2019 BMW 125i Interior

As such, BMW could very easily use this interior, or a derivative of it, for the next-gen BMW 125i. Compared to the current BMW 125i, the dash will be a bit smoother with redesigned trim, while a reworked, two-gage instrument cluster will serve as the centerpiece ahead of the driver. The steering wheel should shrink in size a bit thanks to a smaller air bag unit, while the thumb buttons on the steering wheel should be refined.

2019 BMW 125i Engine

2019 BMW 125i Changes, Review and Release this is where things really get interesting. With the next-gen 1 Series making use of BMW’s UKL platform, it will undoubtedly be offered standard with front-wheel drive. A whole range of three-and four-cylinder engines are on the table depending on trim level with anywhere from 100 horsepower up to as much as 360 horsepower in a BMW 125i or what we suspect to be in this photograph, a M140i.

2019 BMW 125i Engine
2019 BMW 125i Engine

As such, the M-branded variants of the new generation could be offered with all-wheel drive based on a hybrid system that puts an electric motor at the rear axle. A plug-in hybrid version is on the table as is the possibility of an all-electric model at some point down the road. Plug-in models are more likely considering BMW Review already has a few plug-in models based on the UKL platform, however an all-electric model definitely isn’t not feasible.

2019 BMW 125i Release Date and Price

The current 2019 BMW 125i Changes, Review and Release stats out for around $36,000 in China at current conversion rates. Here in the U.S., a $36,000 price point would be much too high considering the BMW 125i starts out at $33,150 and the 3 Series starts at $33,450. Knowing BMW, however, it won’t want to offer the 1 Series too cheaply here in the U.S., so it’s likely the 1 Series will be priced quite close to the 2 Series (much like the 2 Series is to the 3 Series). As such, expect pricing for the 1 Series to start out around $31,000 and climb to as much as $43,000 for the range-topping model. Of course, it’s still way early for this kind of talk, so we’ll have to discuss pricing again a little further down the road.

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