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BMW has introduced the new—fourth—generation of the plant F70 1 Series compact hatchback. Its main focus is on styling, as the powertrain and chassis are from the previous model, reports

Compared to the BMW F40, its overall design and volume of the interior have not changed at all. The few millimeter differences in size are due to styling features and 17-inch wheels instead of the standard F40's 16-inch wheels.

Among the body parts, only the upholstery, folding lid, and bumpers are new in BMW F70.

The look of this new car can be described as another questionable attempt by BMW stylists in search of new interpretations. The heavy front molding that hides the engine has begun to look more elongated due to the sloping folding lid of the radiator grille and the lower "nostrils."

The strangest detail of the new style is the heterogeneous structure of the radiator grille, which evokes associations with cubist-style installations.

The best view of the BMW F70 is from the rear. There are fashionable optics and new bumpers, but in terms of perception, the sporty, original look has not changed at all. Expressive exhaust tips are retained only in the most efficient version of the BMW M135.

The interior has undergone technological optimization and cost reduction, expressed in futuristic forms. Currently, the tactile experience of working with multimedia is only through a graphical interface, as in the most budget cars of Chinese brands.

All information is reflected on a pair of 10.25-inch tablet screens—again by the standard of Chinese civil servants.

The new BMW 1 Series will go on sale in Germany in October. But its prices have increased: the base BMW 116 will cost from 32,900 euros, 5,000 euros more expensive than the Volkswagen Golf and 2,000 euros more expensive than the 4-cylinder Volkswagen Golf Variant.

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