BMW is rumoured to be constructing a direct rival 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.
2019 BMW M140i Specifications
While that name might sound familiar, the brand-new model will represent a remarkable departure from the six-cylinder, rear-wheel drive car that is presently on sale. Instead, the new M140i is anticipated to have a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and 4×4– exactly the very same setup you get in the Mercedes-AMG A45 and the Golf R.
2019 BMW M140i Engine
While you’ll mourn the passing of the BMW’s sweet-sounding and lustily effective six-cylinder engine, the enhanced fuel economy of a turbocharged four-cylinder will be most welcome. Fuel economy is most likely to rise from the current car’s mid-30s rating to something closer to 40mpg. Worry not, however, since performance needs to also be improved. The new M140i’s 2.0-litre engine is rumoured to produce in the region of 340hp, enough to obtain it from 0-62mph in around 4.5 seconds, when combined with 4×4 and the quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission from the X2.
2019 BMW M140i Interior
Paradoxically, the new 1 Series’ improved interior area– enabled by its front-wheel-drive layout– won’t be directly attributable to the 4×4 M140i, but you can still expect the new M140i to have a larger boot and more rear legroom than the existing model.
Technology will likewise play a part in making the new car easier to cope with, and it’s likely to be used with self-driving technology– that can drive the car for you in hectic traffic– and BMW’s excellent brand-new 10.25-inch infotainment system.
2019 BMW M140i Price
While the interior decoration is most likely to remain under wraps for now, you can expect to obtain a better idea of how the exterior will appear when our spies catch it undergoing screening at the Nurburgring prior to it goes on sale in 2019 costing from around ₤ 35,000.