As the rear-drive BMW hatch moves towards the end of its life, the company is streamlining its range.
BMW will bring the 1 Series into 2019 with a trimmed-back range, culling the 118d and 120i as it prepares to welcome the next-generation model.
The company yesterday announced a new Shadow Edition for the 118i and 125i, along with a new style-oriented options package.
Speaking with CarAdvice, Adam Davis, BMW Australia product communications manager, said the 118i and 125i were the most popular petrol variants in the range, and will become the focus as the company moves into official runout mode on its rear-drive hatchback.
In the case of the 118d, a cooling market for diesel passenger cars is behind the axing.
“Our diesel passenger vehicle range has progressively dropped in Australia as the new-generation petrol engines become more efficient, responsive and torquey in these cars,” Davis said.
That means the 1 Series range will be made up of the 118i, 125i and M140i coming into 2019.
The current 1 Series is something of a unicorn in its class, thanks to its rear-wheel drive chassis. That’ll change when the next-generation model is revealed.
Built on the same UKL platform as the Mini range, along with the 2 Series Active/Gran Tourer, the 2019 1 Series will make the shift to front-wheel drive. Although that’ll make purists unhappy, it’ll likely free up more interior space, even if dimensions stay largely the same.
The 118d and 120i are no longer being ordered, meaning it’s dealer stock or bust if you’re desperate for either of those models.
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