BMW 1 Series GT: Photoshop or the actual design?

Rumors | January 26th, 2011 by 21
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An interesting image appeared on the web today. The photo in question is rumored to portray the future BMW 1 Series Gran Turismo, a vehicle …

An interesting image appeared on the web today. The photo in question is rumored to portray the future BMW 1 Series Gran Turismo, a vehicle that has been mentioned before in our reports.

The 1 Series Gran Turismo, also known internally as Compact Activity Tourer, will be one of the first front-wheel drive vehicles from BMW. Design wise, the 1er GT follows the steps of the 5 Series GT niche model and also the future 3 Series GT. The design lines are a mixture of a 5 door hatchback and a touring model. Rear legroom is said to be on par with the new 5 Series 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.

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The 1 GT is rumored to launch in 2012 and uses a new modular platform that underpins the upcoming 1 Series models. 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.

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 up to 184 horsepower.

While simply a speculation at this point, we anticipate a concept version of the 1GT to be introduced late this year.

[Source: GCF ]

21 responses to “BMW 1 Series GT: Photoshop or the actual design?”

  1. Lariv says:

    I hope that’s a photoshop, the back of it is as bad as the 5 Series Gran Turismo.

  2. Charles says:

    The back doesn’t look quite as bad as the 5 gt, but still isn’t good. I don’t like how the bonnet is designed, the way it points down. The rest looks ok.

  3. Hugo Becker says:

    There’s something odd about the cowl height compared to the side light (cowl looks to be too high). Slope of the windshield is a bit too dramatic and it’s definitely FWD based on the relationship between the A-pillar and center of front axle.

    If it’s a photochop it’s a pretty good one, notice the homage to the new 6er in the lower door panel sculpting.

  4. bob says:

    Unfortunately, the thread starter over on GCF is Scott27.

    That said, this could very well be a leak by BMW themselves; they’ve done it before with the E85 & E60.

    The image itself seems to be consistent with BMW’s design language for the current generation, with the possible exception of the taillamps (from this angle). Or, “PSD” in BMW-speak.

    • FreudeKing says:

      Just when everyone (Mercedes Benz, thinking of going the BMW 1 Series route with their new A and B Class) is trying to come up with something to compete against the highly successful BMW 1 Series (especially the Coupe), BMW comes out with a Merc A Class concept that is targeted at mothers. This really improves BMW’s brand image Dr. Reithofer. I know you don’t think BMW needs an image boost (which is very arrogant of you, and would subsequently lead to BMW’s downfall), but to trash the BMW brand like this is just unbelievable.

  5. X5SoB says:

    You can tell it’s a photoshop reworking of a 5GT. The rear wheel in particular is smaller than the front, plus it’s not circular, squished from the upper left side, probably as a result of the changes made to the rear. The windshield is too fast, with a thickening of the A-pillar toward the bottom. The hood is poorly rendered, with an inelegant cutline for the hood opening. Even the character line that Hugo refers to does not go anywhere in the front, where it should be sweeping up toward the front wheel arch. Not all that good of a photoshop after all.

    • bob says:

      The line is there…beginning roughly where the leading cutline intersects with the sicke, then becoming horizontal directly below the sideview mirror housing.

  6. T says:

    It is a rendering based on a Leak but it comes from a UK publication that was sent to me via e-mail.

    The outline is very much the same as the actual car. It is like a very tall hatch but the legroom is on par with a 5er. Given the importance of the Premium Compact segment , BMW see the 1er GT as a more desirable car to other concepts that offer the same flexibility but in a van with a glasshouse, typical shape. Given that there is demand for such a BMW Concept in the lower compact segment , that has better flexibility. This is BMW’s interpretation. Make it more car like with major emphasis on the passenger.

  7. X5SoB says:

    Man, I just looked at the German Car Forum link, and are they ever a delusional bunch! Horatiu, you need to take Scott27 posts with a large grain of salt.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      I don’t, no worries. I always know more than I say and I never post anything that is just being thrown out there. I and Scott have mutual respect and I appreciate what he says, but there things that I always double-check before I post.

  8. Bryce says:

    It reminds me of a 318ti with four doors… I’d love a BMW hatchback, but I’m not sure if I like this look or not.

  9. Vaybach Khan says:

    i dont think 1gt will be front wheel drive ….the pic is ok but my opinion its gonna be sportier then this…

  10. Skye Day says:

    Looks more like a Mazda than a BMW….and the tail lights are blacked out. Definitely not BMW designers here. Photoshop.

  11. Tom says:

    I actually like it.

  12. Woo Hoo says:

    Efoza hasn’t chimed in yet?! My word this thing is UGLY…fail

  13. sharkhunter says:

    obvious shoop is obvious. not very BMW, they love to surprise and this does not

  14. Heddlu_Cymru M5 says:

    A lot of the cues are of BMW’s but the picture is definitely a photoshop…

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