The next generation BMW 1 Series is just around the corner. The new 1er Hatch will be unveiled this summer and will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Latest spy photos show the car in the final evaluation phase when the camouflage slowly comes off and more design details are being revealed.
This last spy shot gives us a glance at the creased hood, similar to the new 5 or 6 Series models. Following a similar design language, the new 1er aims to move up on the luxury scale. The car is expected to have a more aggressive look, fitted to the 1 Series bodystyle.
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.
Starting in 2013, BMW will add two more 1 Series variants to their line-up, and rumors around a front-wheel drive, and even xDrive, continue to surface monthly. To generate enough volume, BMW will link its FWD/AWD newcomers to the third-edition MINI, which happens to debut almost simultaneously.
The following year, BMW plants to introduce a Gran Turismo version of the new 1 Series. Dubbed 1 Series GT, the new model will be a 5-door vehicle, a mix between a hatch, wagon and sedan. 1 GT will be 2 inches (5cm) longer than the 3-door and 5-door models, but it will sport an unique front-end. To reflect the Gran Turismo design, the 1 GT will have an elevated driving position, as seen in the 5 Gran Turismo. Inside, the 1 Series GT should provide an alternative between two individual rear seats separated by a central console or the classic rear seats setup.
Its fastback body follows the tone set by the 5-series Gran Turismo and upcoming 3-series GT due in 2013.
Starting in 2013, however, BMW will add two more 1-series variants, this time with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive, thereby following a recipe chosen by Audi for the A3 and by Mercedes for the next A-/B-class. For enhanced synergy effects, even the body styles offered by the two brands are closely related. There’s a , and a fastback BMW that shares its vehicle structure with next Mini Clubman.
Our sources indicate that 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.
In the diesel segment, a new three-cylinder 1.5 liter N37 engine will have a power output ranging from 110 to 125 horsepower.[Photos: Gmotors ]