2012 BMW 1 Series Hatchback Spotted In Black

Spy Photos | January 28th, 2011 by 8
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While we are anxiously waiting for the first spy photos of the next generation 1 Series Coupe, BMW engineers continue their testing efforts on the …

While we are anxiously waiting for the first spy photos of the next generation 1 Series Coupe, BMW engineers continue their testing efforts on the this year’s 1er Hatchback model.

In 2012 and 2013, the 1 Series family receives a complete overhaul. Due to be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new generation 1 Series hatchback is built under the codename F20, and 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.

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The 1er will remain a rear-wheel drive vehicle and shares the same L7 architecture as the next 3 series. At the same time, the L7 has the flexible firewall location geometry that will allow it to accommodate FWD, RWD, or AWD models.

Along with the redesigned bodystyle, the new 1er family will offer a wide range of engines, including turbo-petrol engines with three or four cylinders.

First, a couple 2.0-liter four-cylinder will be introduced, producing 204 and 238 horsepower. But this is only the first step, because the engineers have set themselves the goal to integrate diesel and gasoline more closely together.

Despite the higher development costs, the long term savings from mass production will offset any initial investments. For now, 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 price point will most likely remain at the current levels in order to remain competitive.

[Photo: Gmotors ]

8 responses to “2012 BMW 1 Series Hatchback Spotted In Black”

  1. Nokia_Ovi says:

    It looks promising…

  2. FreudeKing says:

    Where si teh chrome window trim??? I have seen a few owners of the 1 Series hatch add the chrome line by themselves!!! Why would they not want to high light the trademark kink? Do they have to cut cost to such extent that tthey don’t have details like this?

    I can already see that this car is going to have a shockingly boring and ugly front end just like the 5 Series (swollen forward leaning nose!) Why do they fancy ugly pig noses???

    • kcsnyud says:

      I can see the side design really well, and boy it looks biggggggggggggg

    • txdesign says:

      This is a test mule and I am sure things like window trim have yet to be finalized.

      • FreudeKing says:

        It looks like the current hatch to me – no chrome line at all withy just a plastic rubber tubing for the frame of the windows. This is disappointing. This is the final product if you look at it carefully. There is no provision for any chrome line. Look at the current 1 Series hatch and compare it to this photo and you will see what I am talking about. Absolute lack of detail! We have already seen how a lack of good details can cheapen the entire car as shown with the 6 Series Concept and the actual production 6 series.

  3. Heddlu_Cymru M5 says:

    I think it’s good they increase the length of the car because the rear seat was useless in its predecessor. I believe it can only fit 2 7-years old at the back. If so, the boot is also a step forward too!

    • FreudeKing says:

      I have sat at the back of my friend’s 1 Series hatch on a long journey and it is one terrible experience. Not only was I not able to get in and out of th back of the car without hurting myself, the rear seats must be one of the most uncomfortable seats you can find on a car. It is hard and flat!!! I had to use my pillow as a cushion so that my back wouldn’t be sore during and after the ride. Also, I had to put on my seatbelt so that I would not slide around the back seat due to a lack of support. It’s like sitting on wooden benches.

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