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 new 1 Series.
2019 BMW M140i Specifications
While that name might sound familiar, the new model will represent a dramatic 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– 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 death 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 likely to increase from the present car’s mid-30s ranking to something closer to 40mpg.
Stress not, however, due to the fact that performance should 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
Ironically, the new 1 Series’ enhanced interior space– made possible by its front-wheel-drive design– will not be straight attributable to the 4×4 M140i, however you can still expect 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 simpler to deal 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 new 10.25-inch infotainment system.
2019 BMW M140i Price
While the interior decoration is most likely to stay under wraps in the meantime, you can expect to get a much better concept of how the exterior will appear when our spies catch it going through testing at the Nurburgring prior to it goes on sale in 2019 costing from around ₤ 35,000.