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Spy Photos: 2012 BMW 1 Series Winter Testing

Spy Photos | February 17th, 2010 by 3

BMW continues its winter testing sessions and the agile spy photographers managed to snag some new shots of the next generation BMW 1 Series. Due …

BMW continues its winter testing sessions and the agile spy photographers managed to snag some new shots of the next generation BMW 1 Series.

Due to launch in 2012, the F20 1 Series bring significant changes to the entry-level BMW line-up. 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.

Design wise, the new 1 Series is rumored to be a revolutionary model with the new design language under Chief Designer Adrian Von Hooydonk making its way into the F20 car. So we expect so see a lot of flaming surfaces, concave/convex shapes and an unique, unseen headlights design.

Spy Photos: 2012 BMW 1 Series Winter Testing

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. At the high-end of the line-up, the 135i will be using the N55 Twin-Scroll engine. Diesel and hybrid versions are going to be available as well.

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 new BMW 1 Series Hatchback is scheduled to be unveiled in 2011 at one of the major European auto shows.

[Source: SecretNewCars ]

  • Theo

    Perhaps not the most relevant car Stateside, but if only she handles like the current 1…
    What a joy to drive those are!

  • Brookside

    Theo- couldn’t agree more.

    Sounds like they’re going to go for the perfecta- make the car more visually appealing and still cater to the enthusiasts who see the 1-er as an iconic heritage model. I’ve always thought that you can come up with a pretty good judgement of a car company not by their most expensive model, but their cheapest. And the 1-er is pretty close to a perfect driver’s car.

    Love to see a John Sibal photoshop based on this round of information.

  • Bryce

    hmm… it’s interesting to me that they’re going to introduce an M1 just a year and a half before the next generation 1 series. It seems like it would make more business sense to wait until the next generation 1 series is introduced before unveiling an M1.

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