BMW is rumoured to be building 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.
2019 BMW M140i Specifications
While that name may sound familiar, the new model will represent a remarkable departure from the six-cylinder, rear-wheel drive car that is currently on sale. Rather, the new M140i is anticipated to have a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and 4×4– precisely the exact 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 effective six-cylinder engine, the improved 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. Fret not, though, because efficiency needs to 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 integrated with four-wheel drive and the quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch transmission from the X2.
2019 BMW M140i Interior
Paradoxically, the new 1 Series’ improved interior space– made possible by its front-wheel-drive design– won’t be straight attributable to the four-wheel drive M140i, however you can still expect the new M140i to have a bigger boot and more rear legroom than the present model.
Technology will likewise play a part in making the brand-new car simpler to live with, and it’s likely to be offered with self-driving technology– that can drive the car for you in busy traffic– and BMW’s excellent brand-new 10.25-inch infotainment system.
2019 BMW M140i Price
While the interior design is likely to remain under wraps for now, you can anticipate to get a much better concept of how the exterior will appear when our spies catch it undergoing testing at the Nurburgring prior to it goes on sale in 2019 costing from around ₤ 35,000.