Photos of an undisguised 2020 BMW M135I xDrive have been leaked by BMW news site Bimmerfile, giving fans a first look at the upcoming 1-Series.
The two images to have surfaced show what appears to be the final production example of the all-new baby Bimmer under a cover with the ends lifted to expose the front and rear bodywork.
The car's front boasts a sharper version of the traditional kidney grille which is in satin aluminum and was likely reserved for it.
The rear bumper is made in like fashion with two vertical air intakes on the sides, as well as a black chin spoiler underneath the rear grille. The back of this 1-Series looks just about the same as those on all of the test models spotted so far and a set of taillights leaves it looking quite aggressive, more so when coupled with the bespoke rear bumper that sports a two-tone finish and very visible air outlets (which are likely fake).
The new 1-Series will be the first of its brand set on a front-driven platform, BMW's FAAR architecture. What's shown in the images, though, will feature a model-specific version of the manufacturer's all-wheel-drive system and their new turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.
The TwinPower Turbo engine produces up to 302 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque; it debuted in the 2019 X2 M351 and the same output is expected for the xDrive. Buyers will only have an eight-speed automatic transmission available as an option and the chassis comes with a limited-slip differential on the front axle.
A neat feature comes in the form of an ARB traction control system which launched as part of the i3S. The system has its controller set directly on the engine, something which makes it so that it acts 10 times faster than a traditional traction control system.
This new 1-series is expected to roll out in Europe sometime at the end of the year, with its public debut reportedly set for the Frankfurt Motor Show this September.