BMW is putting the next-gen 1 Series hatchback through its paces at its proving grounds in Miramas, France.

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The new 1 Series will be primarily front-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive will remain available as an option.

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BMW says the FWD layout means cargo space has increased, while second-row legroom is up to 1.3 inches and headroom improves by 0.74 inch.

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As to performance, the next M135 xDrive will have 306 horsepower, thanks to a 2.0-liter inline-four turbocharged engine.

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BMW says the new 1 Series has improved torsional rigidity, aided in part by special new bracing like a "boomerang strut" at the rear of the car.

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To enhance sportiness, the BMW 1 Series also gets new electronic controls including the "actuator contiguous wheel slip limitation" tech introduced on the i3s electric car.

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BMW says the new system is 10 times faster to reduce wheel slip than prior traction-control systems.

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The car will also use brake intervention to both reduce power understeer and induce yaw to help make the car more agile through bends.

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We're expecting to see the new BMW 1 Series hatchback later this year, though it probably won't be sold in the US.

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