Spy Photos: Turbocharged 2011 BMW F20 1-series

Spy Photos | September 11th, 2009 by 7
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The next generation 1 Series prototypes, dubbed F20, have been spotted once again. While nothing really changed since last week when we published some exclusive …

The next generation 1 Series prototypes, dubbed F20, have been spotted once again. While nothing really changed since last week when we published some exclusive photos of the 1er, the new spy shots are bringing giving us something new: the first turbocharged 1 Series prototype. The test mule spots a dual-exhaust, a trademark of all the BMW twin-turbo models available on the market.

With a launch date set for early 2011, BMW continues the testing process of this new, redesigned 1 Series which has been described by people with knowledge of the product as being more revolutionary than its predecessors.

The big news around the 1 Series family is the introduction of a new modular 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.

1series b 654x402A final decision has yet to be made, but BMW is looking into more 1er variants, from a 3-door touring, 3 and 5-door GT, to five-door hatchback, a 3-door Coupe and Convertible and Shooting Brake model. A smaller, compact Z2 Roadster will also utilize the modular platform. The high-end model will be the 135i Supersport, a vehicle with M-like capabilities, but without carrying the M badge.

Even though the engine line-up has not been finalized, sources indicate many new three and four turbo engines will be used across the 1 Series models, from a 1.3 liter engine with 136 horsepower to a new 1.3-liter turbo powerplant developing 177 hp. Moving up in the 1 Series class, the 120i will get the a 218 hp 2.0-liter turbo, while the 135i will continue using the N54 3.0 liter twin-turbo engine. EfficientDynamics will play an important role in the new 1 Series, so expect a wide range of diesel offerings. Hybrids are expected as well, in a combination of 3 cylinder diesel engines with one or two electric motors.

As we enter 2010, the test mules will advance into the testing phases and more revealing photos will be available.

[Source: 1Addicts ]

7 responses to “Spy Photos: Turbocharged 2011 BMW F20 1-series”

  1. Mauro Corti says:

    They manage to get 177hp from a 1.3 liter turbo engine, and just 218 from the 2.0 ??? I suppose they’re not pushing the 2 liter just because it would kill the 3.0 aspirated engine. And that’s really sad, because the 3.0 engine is old and a very good 2.0 turbo could be a very interesting engine on 1 and 3 series.

  2. Axelsaurus says:

    125i (123i?) will have 240hp from the 2.0

  3. Giom says:

    To me, it looks like the inner main beam lamps are much higher than the outer ones. Could just be pre production units, but they do look completed (unlike the rear ones). If I’m right, this could be a new design element on the One, making it unique in that sence.

  4. Andrew says:

    Looking forward to seeing a 320i with a 4-cylinder turbo!

  5. Harmonica says:

    Trailer hitch? LOL

  6. Vaybach Khan says:

    i guess u meant 3 and 5 door hatch,not 3 door tourer? 3 and 5 door gt,coupe and cabrio..and which one of this models will be supersport? i dont think there will be 3dr gt just 5dr as a sedan version of 1er…but who knows…

  7. Hans says:

    the next 1 Series got a 1.6l Straigt 4 Engine, called N13B16. A 2.0l Straight 4 Engine called N20B20 get the 1 Series, too.

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