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Spy Video: 2012 BMW 1 Series F20

Spy Photos | February 17th, 2011 by 5

At the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September, BMW will unveil the second generation 1 Series. The compact 1er hatch will be unveiled to the …

At the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September, BMW will unveil the second generation 1 Series. The compact 1er hatch will be unveiled to the world with a new, fresh design, an evolution of the current model aligning itself with the new BMW design language.

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.

Spy Video: 2012 BMW 1 Series F20

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.

The car is expected to have a more aggressive look, fitted to the 1 Series bodystyle.

Inside, the car will inherit some cues from the 5 Series, but also some design structure from the upcoming 6 Series.

Expect first official photos to hit the web sometimes in August.

(Video: Auto Motor und Sport)

  • DSC OFF

    Is there any word at all about getting the three and five door versions in the US?

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  • http://www.twitter.com/bimmermechanic Tim V.

    Honestly, I’m excited to see what the new 1er looks like. I love the idea of the 1 series, but the E80’s are just ugly as hell. I would love to see the new 1er be a small 3 as far as design language goes.

  • http://www.zhpregistry.net ZHPRegistry

    @DSC OFF
    +1.. It seems just the right car for those that think 3er is getting too large.

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