The BMW M135i is the last of a dying breed; rear drive hatchbacks. Well, to be more accurate, it’s pretty much the only one to have been a member of that group. Still, this made the little hatch one of the coolest of its class to drive, particularly since it offered a few things that only rear wheel drive vehicles can. Unfortunately though, this will no longer be the case.
Now, it should be noted that there are far better hatchbacks in the market. The VW GTI is one and the Audi RS3 Sportback is another. Still, having the M135i make driving fun will make it a vehicle that will be sorely missed.
The US market isn’t getting the BMW 1 Series hatchback which American Bimmers are rather put out about. This is especially the case when those countries who have received the M135i are ecstatic about the car’s features. They are raving about the excellent driving dynamics and the awesome performance, which are aspects that any car enthusiast would love to try out.
BMW is planning to put an end to that though with their plan to switch to front wheel drive for their BMW 1 Series along with the MINI and the 2 Series Active Tourer.
Of course, it makes sense for BMW to do this from a purely business standpoint since front wheel drive vehicles are cheaper to create and produce. As such, manufacturing such vehicles yield more profit, particularly because the 1 Series is a good seller. There is also the matter of space since front wheel drive vehicles will invariably have more space in the rear and in the trunk.
By turning to front wheel drive, BMW will be able to compete with Audi and Mercedes-Benz in terms of sales. Still, those who love the throttle oversteer of the rear drive variant will miss such a great, if unnecessary feature.
Of course, it’s likely that the front wheel drive vehicle of the 1 Series will be great. Most owners won’t even notice the difference without the extra perks that the RWD variants provided. Only those who truly appreciate the difference that such perks can make when driving will even be the wiser. Still, while there are those of us who have never even been behind the wheels of the RWD M135i, that doesn’t mean we can’t mourn the end of a great era.