Spy Photos: Next generation 1 Series reveals more of its design

Spy Photos | December 17th, 2010 by 19

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 …

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.

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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.

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19 responses to “Spy Photos: Next generation 1 Series reveals more of its design”

  1. Tom says:

    what in Gods name is with the headlights? anyone have any info?..

  2. My God! What is that?? Looks as actual 1-series, but the frontlights…?! :| WTF IS THIS???

  3. Bryce says:

    That looks like a five-door and not a three-door. I understand dropping the all electric version of it, but if they’re going to offer the 1.5 liter diesel they should add an acceleration assist/regenerative braking electric motor to it.

  4. viper says:

    simple , bmw lost its touch with just ugliness , now they are doing terrible ugly outdated designs.

  5. StraightSix says:

    A company as high as BMW, should not put so much efford in cutting production costs. We all know where that leads. Their cars are (too)expensive as they are and quality must be ensured on that level. BMW shouldn’t follow VW path. Let each model be on it’s own and unique. That brings respect, sharing hundred parts with other models doesn’t.

  6. Giom Mouton says:

    Clearly an evolution on the current one. The details should be fresh tho.

  7. FreudeKing says:

    I am disappointed! I was hoping for something more drastic! It looks more or less like the current one in terms of overall shape. I was looking for something sleek and modern like the VW’s new two door hatch. The door handles are also very oddly positioned, so close to the windows. WIERD!

    Read more: http://www.worldcarfans.com/110121530043/2012-bmw-1-series-spied-with-less-camouflage#ixzz18UKZM63G

  8. wazon8 says:

    Guys, I think that most of you overlook some specifity of hatchbacks. Most likely, this 1-er will be addressed for European customers and there is something worth to notice about European hatchbacks customers, namely that they don’t like drastic changes in design language. Just compare 3rd and 4th generation of VW Golf, then 4th and 5th and then 5th and 6th. Between these generation there is design evolution, not revolution. I talk about Golf, because it’s the most popular hatchback in Europe and it seems to me that similarities between generations reveal something about hatchback customers mentality. Moreover, similar story goes for other popular hatchbacks in Europe – design evolution without revolution. If so, BMW seems to learn how to project their hatchback line in order to keep 1-er hatchback customers and appeal to new ones. Believe me, looking at the design evolution in hatchback segment, it’s better to avoid drastic changes. In Europe, Renault made drastic change with 2002 Megane and customers need to some time in order to become used to it. More time customers need, the bigger loss there is. The only thing I care about in the design of this hatchback is how its front will look like. It’s important, because it will be a part of the most exciting car from 1-er line up, namely coupe. If front end will be inspired by 5GT front end desing, then IMO it will serve as really nice basis for great small coupe.

    • FreudeKing says:

      The VW Golf is a non-premium car and it is not fair for you to judge the needs of European consumers based on that just because it is the best selling hatch. The same arguement can be used for the following: Toyota is the best selling car company in the world, should BMW follow Toyota and design cars like the Corolla? I don’t think so.

      Renault, on the other hand was too drastic with their angular design, which does not mean that drastic changes to designs turn hatchback customers away. It is just that the Renault design was not nice at all to most customers, they feel like the car is lie a robot.

      I think the design of the current 1 Series hatch is very much dated and I would appreciate more modern and sleek, like the VW Scirocco, but better in terms of elegance, sportiness and style. Afterall, BMW should be leading, not following and worse: following non-premium car companies.

      • wazon8 says:

        Golf is not premium car, but still it says a lot about hatchback customers. If you’re not satified by Golf, take Audi A3 design evolution trough its few generations. Most of hatchback went trough similar small changes. I get your point about looking like Sirocco as to be not well motivated. Sirocco is in some sense fancy car and it doesn’t appeal to majority of hatchback customers. The similar story goes for all fancy cars, just compare sell stats of X5 and X6. People used to stick with well known designs. Simiarly, compare Golf GTi stats with Sirocco. Again, people used to stick with familiar design. What you recommend here for BMW is to go pointless path and make a car that won’t appeal to typical hatchback customer. Great idea, in consequences of which there will be big loss to A3.

        As for Toyota, how many people do you know who would motivate their decision of buying Toyota by appealing to its design? I don’t know such people. Most of their buyers empthasis reliability, reliability and – again – reliability. Contrary, numbers of people really like A3’s or Golf’s design, even up to the point that they’re able to pay for Golf more than for a basic 1-er. Like it or not, but most of hatchback customers, as well as customers of cars from any segment, have some expectation toward cars’ design. That’s explain why typical design in given segment sells better than wholly new an your imgination of how 1-er hatch should look belong to minority.

  9. Daniel Hoang says:

    Lol benz and bmw in the background. Must be a wealthy region

  10. I think some of you are judging the looks of this car a bit prematurely. Will the US ever get the hatchback version?

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