The 2019 BMW 1 Series has been snapped during cold-weather testing in Scandinavia.
Unfortunately, the majority of the car is still wrapped up in heavy camouflage, so it’s hard to know what it’ll look like. But the switch to front-wheel drive should free up more boot- and rear-seat space, bringing the car into line with rivals from Audi and Mercedes-Benz.
Power will be supplied by a selection of BMW three- and four-cylinder engines, both in petrol and diesel, along with a plug-in hybrid setup. A pure-electric model is also rumoured to be in development, too.
Where the last car we spied sat on low-profile tyres, and ran with fat dual exhaust tips, this one appears to be a less powerful variant.
The next-generation 1 Series will likely debut next year, which would suggest it could arrive in Australia late-2018 or early-2019.