This summer, BMW will take the veil off the second generation BMW 1 Series. The entry-level premium car will first launch in three and five-door variants, and it will be followed next year by the new Coupe and Convertible.
Ahead of its unveiling, rendering artists are actively working at properly drawing the new car, using as an inspiration the most recent spy photos. 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.
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.
Design wise, the new 1 Series is an evolution of the current model, but with new design cues inherited from recently launched models. The bonnet sports the same sporty creases seen on the new 5, 6 and 7 Series, a trend that began back in 2009 when BMW unveiled the new Z4.
From the side, the renderings show a more aggressive stance, with concave and convex lines flowing from the rear-quarter to the front.
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. One of them is the new N20 TwinPower four-cylinder engine.
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, BMW will continue to offer the six-cylinder N55 Twin-Scroll engine for its 135i Coupe model.
The 2012 BMW 1 Series will make its public debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.