Latest Rendering: 2012 BMW 1 Series Hatchback

Rumors | January 31st, 2011 by 18
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Based on the most recent spy photos, the folks over at Gmotors took a shot at rendering the next generation BMW 1 Series Hatchback. The …

Based on the most recent spy photos, the folks over at Gmotors took a shot at rendering the next generation BMW 1 Series Hatchback. The F20 1 Series goes on sale in early 2012 and the official unveiling will take place at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

The next generation 1 Series will be available in three and five door variants with both variants 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.

The rendering below shows an adventurous and dynamic look, with some design elements reminding of the 5 Series GT. We expect the 1er to have a more aggressive look, fitted to the 1 Series bodystyle.

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Inside, our sources confirmed that the steering wheel design and dashboard controls align with the current design language at BMW, including the new LCD screen that takes a similar stand as the one recently displayed in the new 6 Series Concept. The car will inherit some cues from the 5 Series, taking the sometimes criticized 1er interior to higher luxury levels.

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.

We expect the first official photos to hit the web sometimes in August.

[Source: Gmotors ]

18 responses to “Latest Rendering: 2012 BMW 1 Series Hatchback”

  1. Heddlu_Cymru M5 says:

    I kinda like it, need to see the back if any… A lot of 5GT and 5-Series styling there.

  2. T says:

    Looks more like the BMW 5er Sporthatch rather than the BMW 1er Sporthatch?

  3. FreudeKing says:

    It looks ok. An improvement to the current model. But I think the headlights are far oo big and teh grille is too forward leaning – looks as if it is swollen like a pig nose. Furthermore, the bonnet does not rise up high enough to join the windscreen – so creating a disjointed look viewing at this angle.

    Furthermoe, the rear lights lack confidence to stretch to the side of the car in a sharp way. If you know what I mean, it looks like it wants to extend to the side of the car (wrap around) but lacks the confidence to protrude. It is the same story with the 3 Series sedan, but no such problems with the 3 Series coupe as the rear headlights represent a well executed design, stretching and wrapping arounf with confidence.

    • Lame says:

      FreudeKing is correct. I am a pro in vehicle design analysis and I can see that the designer was not sure about the rear lights here so thsi is reflected in the lack of confidence in the protrusion of the rear light. If you look at the rear, it resembles that of the VW Polo as well and VW Polo is deigned by substandard designers by industry means.

      As for the front, the designer was not able to capture elegance in thsi package. His mind was busy putting all the traditional BMW elements without considering how it would be best to make an integrated flowing design that is elegant and sporty. He started with the grille, then the lights (which are HUGE by the way) and then the rest is just a afterthought. We call this type of designing a “rigid element slap”. This type of designs hinder the development of any potential good elegant designs as the design ahs to be around the elements. This is seen with that huge grille that was deliberately mde larger. So pretty weak.

  4. e30i says:

    it looks quite elegant.. that might just be the silver trim around the windows though, and the 5er wheels. If that front bumper was slightly deeper this would be seriously good looking. I hope they make the front windscreen at less of an angle to the bonnet so it’s more coupe like. I thought that was the biggest flaw of the current 1 series sports hatch

  5. T says:

    The Autobild rendering is the closest to the look of the car although the front is less 5er Gran Turismo as shown on the render.
    The only issue is .. Is that the engineers have covered the front of the car in layers of tape so it is difficult to see the shapes and outlines.

  6. Bryce McKenney says:

    Please let there be a two-door version!

  7. Bence says:

    Looks good and if it is more comfortable at the back than the current one it can be considered (at least in Europe) as a family car.

  8. viper says:

    these headlights are for 5er and they look good

  9. bomber21 says:

    The most important thing regarding the 1 series,is the engine.
    It can be a great success (especially in poorer countries) if they make a powerful 1.4 turbo engine for this car. ;)

    This rendering looks very nice,I wouldn’t mind buying a 1er like the one pictured.

  10. Zoryan says:


  11. schnitzer says:

    Nice, but too much like the current one.

  12. RIz says:

    Am I the only one seeing some of the styling of the x1? especially the nose/front reminds me somewhat of the x1’s high nose and the new bonnet styling where the bonnet ends before the bmw logo.. Im not so sure if im fond of it.. Since I dont find the x1 to be too pretty!

  13. RIz says:

    owh I forgot the latest 5 series has the hood ending before the logo as well!

  14. RIz says:

    haha ow Im wrong it seems the x1 doesnt have the logo after the hood at all but the design is the same u know what i mean lol

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