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2011 BMW 1 Series (F20) spied in winter testing

Spy Photos | December 11th, 2009 by 5

Spy photographers spotted the next generation BMW 1 Series during the winter testing in Arctic Driving Center in Rovaniemi, FinlandBMW. With a launch date set …

Spy photographers spotted the next generation BMW 1 Series during the winter testing in Arctic Driving Center in Rovaniemi, FinlandBMW. With a launch date set for early 2011, BMW continues the development and testing of the new, redesigned 1 Series, a model that has been described by people with knowledge of the product as being more revolutionary than its predecessors.

Built on a new modular platform that allows BMW to expand its 1 Series lineup, the new approach will allow BMW to reduce its productions costs. 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.

Several 1 Series models are being considered, starting with the “regular” hatch, the coupe and continuing with a 3-door touring and even a possible GT. The high-end model is rumored to be a 135i Supersport, a vehicle with M-like capabilities, but without carrying the M badge. The Supersport will be limited to the Coupe body style and it will use lightweight materials, such as Carbon Fiber Roof, hood or bootlid, lightweight glass.

2011 BMW 1 Series (F20) spied in winter testing

BMW will offer four cylinder turbo charged engines in line with the next generation 3er across the world. Six cylinder options will still be available. One of the engine that will most likely be featured in a 1 Series vehicle is the three cylinder hybrid one found in the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept.

The next generation 1 Series will be unveiled in 2011 at one of the major auto shows.

[Source: Spyshots ]

  • holyalcoholic

    Not from Finland. Add in the back is in Swedish and in Rovaniemi only Father Christmas and his Elfs speak Swedish

  • atr_hugo

    The ability to place the front bulkhead (firewall) as desired suggests that FWD will be a possibility with this platform. The difference in space required for a longitudinally mounted 4 cylinder vs a 6 cylinder wouldn’t require a bulkhead change. But a transverse FWD platform would benefit from added interior space if the bulkhead could be moved forward in the chassis. Are we looking at a chassis that can be a ’1er’ and an ’0er’? ; -)

  • Bryce

    I’ve had a GTi and a Rabbit, and it would be really nice to be able to get a BMW hatchback. I’m sick of seeing Audi, VW, and Subaru dominate the hatchback market. Mini somewhat competes, but Mini is kind of in it’s own segment. A 1 series hatchback with a four-cylinder turbo would be stellar.

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