The three-door hatchback variant of the next generation BMW 1 Series has been spotted once again, but this time around, the test mule drops its plastic fake body parts in favor for the psychedelic camouflage seen on BMW prototypes.
The new 1 Series bodystyle is due out in 2012. It is built under the codename F20 and the first model to launch is the hatchback variant.
Despite several reports around a 1 Series front-wheel-drive, we learned that the new 1er will continue to use a rear-wheel drive platform and the new front-wheel-drive vehicles might take another naming convention.
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. 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.
BMW has scrapped any plans to offer an electric and hybrid drive for the new 1 Series. The decision to move forward with the highly-efficient N57 1.5 liter diesel engine was driven by the results obtained in testing the Vision EfficientDynamics vehicle. The horsepower range for the three-cylinder powerplants goes from 95 to 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, it is expect that BMW will continue to offer the six-cylinder N55 Twin-Scroll engine for its 135i Coupe model.
The new BMW 1 Series Hatchback Concept will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011.[Photo: MotorAuthority ]