Next generation BMW 1 Series Hatchback has been spotted again. In 2012, BMW will begin refreshing the 1 Series line-up and testing trials continue around Munich area.
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.
For the first time, the spy photographers spotted an 135i model that also features an M front-end bumper. The new 1 Series 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.
To align with current models, inside, the car will inherit some cues from the 5 Series, taking the sometimes criticized 1er interior to higher luxury levels.
In the engine department, 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.[Source: Gmotors.ie ]
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.
An M model based on the next generation 1 Series is also in plan, but details are sketchy at the moment.
1 Series Hatchback Concept will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011