The new BMW 1-Series with the FAAR platform
A completely new BMW 1-series has long been in a process and it is expected this year. It has long been known that the five-door premium hatchback will be demoted to a front-wheel-drive platform, but new details indicate it won’t be the UKL architecture that has underpinned the Minis as well as BMW’s own X1, the 2 Series Active Tourer / Gran Tourer minivans, and the China-only 1 Series Sedan.
According to Autocar, the platform for the new BMW 1-Series will be derived from the UKL, named FAAR (from Frontantriebsarchitektur – architecture with front-wheel drive). This is information – more than just rumors, as British journalists received this information from the head of the development department of BMW, Klaus Frohlich. BMW’s head of development said that the new platform will benefit from increased modularity, and the flexibility to support full-electric drivetrain and battery combinations.
Also, the publication specifies that the FAAR was developed with the installation of an all-wheel drive xDrive, which should become the standard for the top models of the BMW 1-series: M130iX M Performance, the AWD hot hatch will allegedly arrive in 2020 with a reworked turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine developing somewhere in the region of 300 horsepower. The “hotest” member of the 1-series family will follow in the footsteps of VW Golf R, Audi S3 and the future Mercedes-AMG A35. But, there is no need to pin hopes on the M1, since BMW has previously stated that their front-wheel-drive cars will not receive full-fledged M versions.
According to Autocar, the 1-series hatchback will be the first of six new BMW models that will ride on the FAAR platform. 2 Series Gran Turismo, 2 Series Active Tourer, 2 Series Gran Tourer, iX1 and the X1 will have the same platform.