Not really big news fou our readers since we mentioned in the past BMW’s plans to focus on developing smaller, more efficient cars based on the 1 series platform. Our friends at Autoblog quoting AutoBild are bringing us a few other details.
In our Future BMW 1 Series family article, we talked about some of the variants of the 1 Series taken into consideration:
- 5 door hatch – conventional 5dr hatch
- 3 door hatch – conventional 3dr hatch
- 2 door coupe – sedanish coupe with 2 doors
- 2 door convertible – sedanish cabrio with 2 doors and canvas roof
- small crossover CAS (1 Series GT)
As AutoBild reports, all these different body styles are being considered, but only one of them has received the green light so far. AutoBild also states that BMW’s designers are hard at work on the next iteration of the 1 series and that five different body styles are under review, with only one headed for production.
They also reinforce the fact that BMW plans to downsize the displacement of its engines and moving into the turbocharging direction. The turbo four-cylinders developed together with the PSA Group, will power some of the entry level 1 Series models.
The 116i model will be powered by a 1.3-liter turbo outputting 136 hp, while the 118i will use a 1.3-liter turbo developing 177 hp. Moving up in the 1 Series class, the 120i will get the a 218 hp 2.0-liter turbo. Of course, the high-end 1er, 135i will use the new N54B30 engine which outputs 326 hp and 332 ft-lbf torque.
It is fair to also expect multiple diesel engines, along with hybrids under the EfficientDynamics program.
The new BMW 1 Series Sedan will launch in 2011, along with the Z2 Roadster based on the same platform. The coupe and convertible models will be available a year later together with the 135i SuperSport vehicle.