Next generation BMW 1 Series prototype caught on video

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With about two years ago before the official unveiling, the next generation BMW 1 Series continues to be tested by the BMW engineers. A heavily …

With about two years ago before the official unveiling, the next generation BMW 1 Series continues to be tested by the BMW engineers. A heavily camouflaged 1 Series prototype was spotted in Munich and it is the first video we see of this new model.

We believe we are looking at the 5-door shooting brake variant of the 1er, a new bodystyle that will complete the already upcoming large 1 Series family. Due to the new 1 Series modular platform which can be extended and used across several bodystyles, BMW is looking into more 1er variants. The traditional portfolio will include the 1 Series hatchback, ActiveHybrid and Sporthatch. The sporty portfolio includes the 1 Series Coupe and Convertible, along with the new M-like vehicle, Supersports and the upcoming smaller Z2 Roadster and Roadster Coupe.

The BMW X1, still built on the same platform, will enter the 1 Series family as an entry level Sports Activity Vehicle. The rumor is that a a BMW X2 might follow as well. The now confirmed 1 Series GT will be included in the Gran Turismo family, along with the 5 GT and the future 3er GT.

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Some hybrid models will also be included in this new 1 Series line-up.

As mentioned before, several newly developed engines will be used to power up this multitude of different models. Some of the new engines are the 3-cylinder engines which will power some of the entry level vehicles and smaller mild hybrid platforms. Turbocharged four-cylinder engines developed together with the PSA group are being considered for some of the new 1 Series models as well.

And judging from the video, the prototype certainly looks larger than the current 1er and by the engine sound, it seems to be powered by a diesel engine. As we progress in the year, more and more test mules will continue to be seen, so we should expect even better spy photos or videos.

Since the video cannot be embedded, please head over to 1Addicts to see the entire clip.

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