BMW is rumoured to be constructing a direct competitor to the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Volkswagen Golf R– it’ll be called the BMW M140i and be based on the as-yet-unrevealed brand-new 1 Series.
While that name may sound familiar, the brand-new model will represent a remarkable departure from the six-cylinder, rear-wheel drive car that is presently on sale. Rather, the brand-new M140i is expected to have a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and four-wheel drive– exactly the very same setup you get in the Mercedes-AMG A45 and the Golf R.
While you’ll mourn the passing of the BMW’s sweet-sounding and lustily effective six-cylinder engine, the improved fuel economy of a turbocharged four-cylinder will be most welcome. Fuel economy is likely to increase from the current car’s mid-30s ranking to something closer to 40mpg.
Worry not, though, because efficiency should likewise be enhanced. The new M140i’s 2.0-litre engine is rumoured to produce in the area of 340hp, enough to get it from 0-62mph in around 4.5 seconds, when combined with four-wheel drive and the quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission from the X2.
Paradoxically, the brand-new 1 Series’ enhanced interior space– made possible by its front-wheel-drive layout– will not be directly attributable to the 4×4 M140i, however you can still anticipate the brand-new M140i to have a bigger boot and more rear legroom than the current model.
Technology will also play a part in making the new car easier to live with, and it’s most likely to be offered with self-driving technology– that can drive the car for you in busy traffic– and BMW’s excellent new 10.25-inch infotainment system.
While the interior decoration is most likely to stay under covers for now, you can anticipate to get a better idea of how the exterior will appear when our spies record it going through screening at the Nurburgring before it goes on sale in 2019 costing from around ₤ 35,000.