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 car is expected to have a more aggressive look, fitted to the 1 Series bodystyle.
BMW 1 Series Rendering
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. At the high-end of the line-up, the 135i will be using the N55 Twin-Scroll engine.
The folks over at AutoWeek.nl captured a 1 Series test mule going around the famous Nurburgring track.