Looks like production of the current BMW 1 Series is being cut short.
The BMW 1 Series represents BMW's smallest model apart from the Mini. Back in May, BMW lifted the wraps off the all-new BMW 1 Series hatchback, which, unlike its rear-wheel-drive predecessors, is built on a front-wheel-drive platform. Cabin space has increased as a result, as has the styling. We like the hatchback's sculpted design, but the design has been criticized for lacking the long hood and short overhangs of the rear-wheel-drive 1 Series.
Sadly, the BMW 1 Series isn't available in America, which is a shame because the range-topping M135i xDrive could be a formidable hot hatch. Instead, the closest equivalent in the US is the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, which is based on the same architecture as the 1 Series. Despite only being on sale for less than a year, the future is already looking bleak for the current BMW 1 Series.
According to BMWBlog, the current BMW 1 Series will only stay in production for five years. Typically, BMW models have a longer seven-year production cycle. This won't be the first time this has happened, however. The last-generation BMW X5, which was built on an older platform shared with the E70 X5 generation, didn't receive a facelift and went out of production after just five years. And now it looks like the current 1 Series will suffer the same fate if these rumors are true.
The reason for the shorter production cycle hasn't been confirmed, but it could be related to the upcoming all-electric 1 Series expected to join the lineup within the next two years as part of BMW's plan to launch 12 new EVs by 2023.
It isn't yet known if the electric hatchback will be based on the current or next-generation 1 Series, but BMWBlog points out that the current FAAR architecture can accommodate plug-in hybrids and electric cars, so an electric version of the current 1 Series is certainly possible. But BMW could struggle to envision a future for the current 1 Series after its negative reception.