BMW is rumoured to be developing 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 dramatic departure from the six-cylinder, rear-wheel drive car that is currently on sale. Instead, the brand-new M140i is expected to have a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and four-wheel drive– exactly the same setup you get in the Mercedes-AMG A45 and the Golf R.
2019 BMW M140i Engine
While you’ll grieve the death of the BMW’s sweet-sounding and lustily powerful six-cylinder engine, the improved fuel economy of a turbocharged four-cylinder will be most welcome. Fuel economy is likely to rise from the existing car’s mid-30s rating to something closer to 40mpg.
Stress not, however, because efficiency needs to likewise be enhanced. The brand-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 integrated with 4×4 and the quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox from the X2.
2019 BMW M140i Interior
Paradoxically, the brand-new 1 Series’ improved interior area– enabled by its front-wheel-drive layout– won’t be directly attributable to the four-wheel drive M140i, but you can still anticipate the new M140i to have a larger boot and more rear legroom than the existing model.
Technology will also play a part in making the new car much easier to deal with, and it’s most likely to be provided with self-driving technology– that can drive the car for you in hectic traffic– and BMW’s exceptional new 10.25-inch infotainment system.
2019 BMW M140i Price
While the interior design is most likely to stay under covers in the meantime, you can anticipate to obtain a much better concept of how the exterior will appear when our spies catch it going through screening at the Nurburgring before it goes on sale in 2019 costing from around ₤ 35,000.