The small and mighty BMW 1 Series hatchback might be getting a power bump and some new technology: BMW is reportedly working on two separate hot 1 Series hatches, both with inline-sixes. One will have all-wheel drive, while the other will reportedly be extensively worked over by the fabled M group.
The BMW fans at Bimmerpost allegedly managed to snag an accessory ordering guide for the new F20 1 Series, which includes things like car soap, performance bumpers, and cross-drilled brake rotors. Among the prices, however, are mention of two previously unconfirmed models, an M135i, and a 135i xDrive.
Using a hint of BMW naming logic, it’s pretty easy to find that the 135 hatchback is slated to become another of BMW’s M Performance models. It could theoretically follow in the line of M-fettled cars like the new M550d xDrive, although the i indicates that the 1 Series would carry a gasoline engine. That engine, Bimmerpost predicts, could be the now-ubiquitous N55 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo inline-six cylinder engine, which would be tuned to make around 320 horsepower.
Unlike the M550d xDrive, it appears all-wheel-drive may not be lumped into the new M-tuned 1 Series. The ordering guide refers to the 135i xDrive as a stand-alone model, which would likely have the same engine as the M135i, although it could have different tuning.
Will we see this car any time soon? If we do, it’ll be from afar. The F20-generation 1 Series is almost completely different from the 1 Series we drive here, and BMW’s shown no signs of bringing it here, at least in its current hatchback guise.
BMW hasn’t responded to our requests for comment at this point, but what say you? Would an all-wheel-drive or another M-tuned 1 Series be an attractive addition to BMW’s North American product portfolio? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.