A recent report confirms that the Bavarians are not going to develop a hyper hatch 1 Series to take on the likes of the new Mercedes-AMG A45 and Audi RS3.
“Our competitors are the A35 and S3, they’re our target, We have the M2 Competition for more. We see no need in the hatch [for more], since the global take-up rate us around 5 percent, so it’s not the core of our group. At the moment that’s our strategy,” 1 Series chief spokesperson Florian Moser explained to CarAdvice this week.
For those wondering if there will be a M140i replacement using the hallowed 3.0-litre inline-six you are out of luck. The new 1er is no longer able to house a longitudinal drivetrain so the M135i xDrive is as hot is the 1 Series will get.