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.
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.