In 2012, BMW will begin refreshing the 1 Series line-up. First model to receive a complete overhaul is the hatchback variant. Due to be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new generation 1 Series hatchback is built under the codename F20, and 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.
The three and five-door hatch will only be available in Europe, but coupe and convertible variants will make their way onto the U.S. soil.
First test mules have already been circulating around Munich’s surroundings, but today, we have a new rendering by Autobild. While adventurous and dynamics, the exterior look reminds more of the 5 Series GT, and we believe the final design language will vary considerably. The car is expected to have a more aggressive look, fitted to the 1 Series bodystyle.
Inside, the car will inherit some cues from the 5 Series, but also some design structure from the upcoming 6 Series.
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.
As we mentioned earlier, a new BMW 1 Series Hatchback Concept is rumored to be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011