We know how much you hate love renderings, so we decided to show you some new renderings of the next generation BMW 1 Series due out in 2011. The renderings belong to two different sources and they both take a different approach, so that should open an interesting debate.
As some of you might have probably read on here before, the next generation 1 Series will offer the largest variety of models within the BMW brand, the rumors say that at least five variants of 1 Series models are being considered, excluding the BMW Z2 and X1 which are based on the 1er platform as well. There are also various sources close to BMW that mention a possible 1 Series Shooting Brake and even an X-Cabrio crossover, but those particular models are still in the early research days.
The new BMW 1 Series hatchback model will feature a slightly longer wheelbase and wider track than the current model. It will be available in three and five door variants with both models using the new modular/expendable platform. The backbone of these models was designed especially for this purpose so every model can have a variation backbone, simply be moving suspension points and firewalls to areas that will benefit each vehicle. Corroborated with more parts sharing, this new approach will allow BMW to reduce even more the production costs.
As far as the exterior design, not many details have leaked recently and anything we would say at this point could be interpreted as pure speculations. Of course, the 1 Series test mules seen around don’t help too much, but as the cars go through different evaluation phases, then we should find out more.
What we do know for sure is that the interior will take many design cues from the BMW X1, of course emphasis on the sportiness aspect.
Now looking at the two renderings, the first one is closer to a “real design” than the second one, even though we do see why some people might enjoy the aggressive stand of this last rendering.