The 2012 BMW 1 Series Hatchback has been spied once again, this time during some track times at the famous Nurburgring. 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.
The new 2012 BMW 1 Series Hatchback will be revealed this summer and will make its world debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. At launch time we suspected the new 1er will be using a range of three and four-cylinder engines, but latest information reveal that the F20 1 Series will debut with four-cylinder bangers only. The 116i and 118i will be powered by a new four-cylinder turbocharger, while the 116d and 118d will make use of diesel powerplants.
Our sources also indicate that the LED signals made their way onto the side mirrors, an interesting move by BMW and likely followed by future models.
The new 1 Series Hatchback will most likely be unveiled by summer time and will have its public debut at the Frankfurt Show.[Source: Autoweek.nl ]