The three-door hatchback variant of the next generation BMW 1 Series has been spotted once again. Continuing its testing process, the new 1 Series bodystyle is due to launch in 2012.
Despite previously false reports, a BMW source close to us revealed that the 1 Series will continue down the path of a rear-wheel drive platform and any news around a 1 Series FWD are pure speculations at the moment.
Built under the codename F20, the 2012 BMW 1 Series will first launch in a hatchback variant. 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 car will sport a new front-end design, said to be more aggressive and distinctive than the current generation. Inside, the car will inherit some cues from the 5 Series, but also some design structure from the upcoming 6 Series.
The three and five-door hatchbacks will continue to remain an European-only product, but coupe and convertible variants will make their way into the North American market.
Our sources indicate that 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 horsepower. The gasoline version, dubbed N30, comes in displacements of 1.2 and 1.5 liters with power output of ranging from 70 to 184 horsepower.
At the high-end of the line-up, the 135i will be using the N55 Twin-Scroll engine.
In the diesel segment, a new three-cylinder 1.5 liter N37 engine will have a power output ranging from 110 to 125 horsepower. The threes-cylinder engines will use about 10 percent less fuel.
A new BMW 1 Series Hatchback Concept is rumored to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011.[Photo: gmotors ]