Spy Photos: 2013 BMW 1 Series Hatch losing more camouflage

Spy Photos | January 20th, 2011 by 15
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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 …

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.

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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 ]

15 responses to “Spy Photos: 2013 BMW 1 Series Hatch losing more camouflage”

  1. Beerman says:

    That is still a very ugly car! The VW Scirocco is a much nicer hatchback design…

    • Heddlu_Cymru M5 says:

      I agreed that the Scirocco is a good looking car but how can you determine that the 1er is an ugly car considering it’s still full of camo? I don’t understand some of these people including you. If you can, get a photoshop and render for us the complete one…

  2. Dede says:

    I would really love to see the 3 and 5 door hatches here in the US. The 5 door is perfect for a family in a dense urban environment that doesn’t want a mini. Seems like all I see are VW Golfs & GTIs, Audi A3s, Minis, Subarus, etc., etc. Why BMW refuses to see a market opportunity in the US for this vehicle is beyond me. Not everyone wants a sedan, coupe, or SUV in this country…

    BMW already sells them in Mexico… where prices are quoted in USD on BMW Mexico’s website.

    Put the new turbo 4 in it and I would be all over it.

    Please BMW listen and bring the new 1 hatch to the US.

    • bob says:

      From their experience with the E36/5, BMW learned that hatchbacks in the US don’t make sense.

      • Dede says:

        That was a different time and they didn’t provide the right engine for the US market. It also wasn’t its own vehicle, just a coupe without a trunk.

        Right now there is a long term trend to smaller higher content luxury vehicles. These vehicles would be perfect for that. And if BMW didn’t believe premium hatches would work in the US, they wouldn’t have bought MINI…. Fully option a MINI and you would be amazed at how expensive they are. Yet they sell well.

  3. okayer says:

    The VW Sirocco is like a frog. You can see this if you look at it from behind. What a rear… I don´t like its design.

  4. Empower says:

    there will be no front wheel drive 1 series full stop. it will share its platform with the 3 series

  5. Tom says:

    i like whats going on on the lower front fascia.. its hard to see tho. could be a good design move by bmw

  6. e30i says:

    NOBODY should even comment on this prototype. We can’t see A THING. I love the fact people are getting emotional about BMW design but for all the wrong reasons. Take this prototype with a grain of salt.. for all we know (very unlikely) the roof line might change. Never judge a car until you wash it, and drive it with your own bare hands. (that’s what I think)

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  8. FreudeKing says:

    How ugly. I can already see what this car is going to lo0ok like. This car is going to have a swollen nose worse than the new 5 Series and with proportions like this, it will put most of its target market asleep.

    Also, it seems like the car is out of proportion, the front is so big and long while the rear is minute. Furthermore, are they basing this car on the current 1 Series so to save development cost, they are terribly similar. Please don’t tell me that the next 1 Series and the next 3 Series will not have major changes just because idiotic management and CEO are developing a common chassis for the next generation (after this coming one) 1, 3 which will be FWD.

    Imagine – the iconic 3 Series sedan, which has dominated the premium sedan market with its RWD setup for the past 4 decades now being switched to FWD just because some greedy new management want to suck up to shareholders and earn some big bonuses for their own pockets…. They must be executed!

    • JakeM says:

      Um, where does it state that the next 3er will be FWD? The 3er will remain RWD because that’s a selling point amongst enthusiasts, even though the vast majority of 3er buyers just drive them for the badge and status – not for the “drive”.

  9. BIMMER1 says:

    Well I’m just thankful it’s still RWD!

  10. Nikiej says:

    BMW has always kept its name, with excellent dynamic driving mechanism and technologies or performance.

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