Spy Photos: 2012 BMW 1 Series with M bumper spotted

Spy Photos | September 22nd, 2010 by 11

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 …

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.

2012 BMW 1 Series front 655x436

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

11 responses to “Spy Photos: 2012 BMW 1 Series with M bumper spotted”

  1. Woo Hoo says:

    Oh wow, it’s a ghay a$$ compact with a sporty bumper….Kinda like the MazdaSpeed3….. WIll they kill this already or put a Mini badge on it!? Bmw has no business making compacts….

  2. Laszlo says:

    1st drive it and then bark at it. It might be a bit externally challenged but this is still bungle’s baby. the car however puts a shame on many more expensive cars. The 1 series cpe is one serious little car.
    Mazdaspeed3 is a FWD car with a huge torque steer, a kids toy compared to a 128 or 135i.
    I don’t have to tell you anything else but go ahead and do yourself a favor and drive one. not in a parking lot, drive one like you stole it. You will change your opinion about the car instantly.

  3. FreudeKing says:

    that’s just a boring M bumper with the same styling all the time. you find it on the 1, 3, 5, 7, M3 and M5 – all stuff to do with M has that design.zzzzz

  4. plaxico says:

    The hatch is a cracking car – not very American, but it really suits the Euro market. They should bring it to the US, even if just in small numbers to see how the market responds to it.

    Looking forward to seeing the new styling cues.

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