BMW is rumoured to be developing a direct competitor to the Mercedes-AMG A45 and Volkswagen Golf R– it’ll be called the BMW M140i and be based upon the as-yet-unrevealed new 1 Series.
2019 BMW M140i Specifications
While that name might sound familiar, the 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 expected to have a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine and four-wheel drive– precisely 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 powerful six-cylinder engine, the improved fuel economy of a turbocharged four-cylinder will be most welcome. Fuel economy is likely to increase from the present car’s mid-30s score to something closer to 40mpg.
Worry not, however, due to the fact that efficiency needs to also be improved. The new M140i’s 2.0-litre engine is rumoured to produce in the area of 340hp, enough to obtain it from 0-62mph in around 4.5 seconds, when integrated with four-wheel drive and the quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox from the X2.
2019 BMW M140i Interior
Ironically, the new 1 Series’ improved interior area– enabled by its front-wheel-drive design– will not be directly attributable to the 4×4 M140i, but you can still anticipate the new M140i to have a larger boot and more rear legroom than the present model.
Technology will also play a part in making the new car much easier to deal with, and it’s most likely to be used with self-driving technology– that can drive the car for you in busy traffic– and BMW’s outstanding new 10.25-inch infotainment system.
2019 BMW M140i Price
While the interior decoration is likely to remain under wraps in the meantime, you can expect to obtain a much better idea of how the exterior will appear when our spies capture it undergoing testing at the Nurburgring before it goes on sale in 2019 costing from around ₤ 35,000.