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Spy Shots: Next 2012 BMW 1 Series five-door hatchback

Spy Photos | June 3rd, 2009 by 8
2012 BMW 1 Series hatchback photos

Last week, the first spy photos of the next generation BMW 1 Series popped up on almost all the car websites out there. As usual, …

Last week, the first spy photos of the next generation BMW 1 Series popped up on almost all the car websites out there. As usual, we reported on it and gave you more details on what to expect from the new 1 Series line-up.

While the initial photos showed what we believe is the shooting brake variant of the 1er, these new shots are giving us the overall shape of the new five-door hatchback, a model not yet available in the U.S.

As seen across the BMW future line-up, the 2012 BMW 1 Series will have a slightly longer wheelbase and wider track than the current model. Some auto publications speculate that this will allow BMW to introduce it in the U.S. market as well, but take it with a grain of salt, in our opinion, it is still too early to commit to such plans.

2012 BMW 1 Series hatchback photos

Future BMW 1 Series variants also include a Coupe and Convertible model, 3-door hatchback, shooting brake variant and also, the highly-wanted/expected BMW 135i Supersports car, an “M-like” vehicle without the M badge and still developed by the Motorsport division.

Due to the new 1 Series platform which can be extended and used across several bodystyles, BMW is looking into more 1er variants, 3-door touring, 3 and 5-door GT and even a 3-door Sports Activity Coupe. Those models are still in the research phase, so no decision has been made.

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What we did hear recently are the talks around a new BMW series, codename Y, which apparently it will use the same 1 Series platform. No other details at this time, but you’ll be the first to know once we hear more.

As far as the engine line-up in the upcoming 1 Series, a large range of powerplants will be offered, from turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, to new 3 cylinder powerplants and hybrids.

[Source: Carmagazine ]

  • Giom

    What’s interesting to me, is that BMW is not using the heavy cladding for their early test vehicles anymore. It started with the up-coming 6 series prototype. The first time we saw that car, it was also wearing only pshyco cammo. Now the new One.
    The last car we saw with heavy cladding was the 5GT and the 5 series sedan and wagon. Is there a reason for this?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1631237176 Vaybach Khan

    ´´shooting brake variant ´´..is that the 1 gt?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1631237176 Vaybach Khan

    i liked the renderings model with upside down grills…but judging by this pics i think it’s just evolution model of current e87,so its not some all new design…

  • www.X5.by

    interest backlights!

  • jon H

    i feel like bmw is meshing the series too much and making everything into a five door crossover. why?

  • jpm

    2012? dnt think so.if bmw launches dis in 2012 it means the present 1 which came out it 2004 wil hav a 9 year life span.i dont think bmw wil let it get on for so long.the new 1 wil prob br launched earlier than 2012,prob 2011,hence the camo not being so extensive.wat do you guys think?

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      My opinion: it will be launched in 2011, as a 2012 model…that puts it right on the 7 years lifespan.

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