The upcoming F20 BMW 1 Series gets rendered once again. This time, the folks over at Top Speed took a shot at illustrating the second generation 1 Series Hatchback. Due to be unveiled this summer, the new 1 Series will first launch in three and five-door variants. The Coupe and Convertible bodystyle will follow at the end of 2012.
As we mentioned several times before, the 2012 1 Series hatchback is built under the codename F20, and will feature a slightly longer wheelbase and wider track than the current model. The car is set to go head-to-head with the Audi A3, one of the market leaders in the entry-level premium segment.
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. Several rumors mention that BMW is strongly considering a new 2 Series designation that will host the 1 Series Coupe and Convertible variants.
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. The new MINI, which will debut around the same time, will share much of the underpinnings and structure with the new BMW, a strategy that will help the company with cost savings.
F20 1 Series is an evolution of the current model, but with new design cues seen in other new BMWs. The bonnet sports the same sporty creases seen on the new 5, 6 and 7 Series, while the headlights are said to be resemble the new 5 or even the 5 GT.
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 three and five-door hatch will only be available in Europe, but coupe and convertible variants will make their way onto the U.S. soil.