Wallpapers: 2012 BMW 1 Series

1-series | June 6th, 2011 by 29
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The 2012 BMW 1 Series coverage continues with the first wallpapers released by BMW. The new premium compact 1er was unveiled this past Saturday and …

The 2012 BMW 1 Series coverage continues with the first wallpapers released by BMW. The new premium compact 1er was unveiled this past Saturday and it is fairly to say that the reactions from BMW community have been less favorable.

With a bold front-end design, the 1 Series continues the design language initiated by BMW with the new 7 Series. The front-end design resembles to a point the 5 GT, but with cues matched to the smaller body.

At the back, the design is less controversial and more of an evolution from the previous E87 generation.

Wallpapers: 2012 BMW 1 Series

The car is longer than the current 1er, with a good chunk of that extended length in the wheelbase (30 mm) and wider than before, not by much, but enough to make the interior feel more spacious.

The gasoline motors seem to be a blend of old and new, they are 1.6 liter fours, not the new common 500cc per cylinder architecture, but both the 116i and 118i sport Valvetronic, Double-VANOS, Precision Direct Injection, and turbocharging. The diesel motors are 2.0L and appear to be part of the 500cc per cylinder family discussed at Innovation Day in April of this year which makes sense, since the diesel models in this car are the top sellers.

To read the highlights of the new 2012 BMW 1 Series, read the following article.

Wallpapers: 2012 BMW 1 Series

  • LMAO

    LOL who would want this piece of crap on their desktop???@??!!?

  • Tom23

    The front view screams “down syndrome”.

    The back of the car screams “econobox”.

    The rest is OK.

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  • wazon8

    The only thing I like about exterior design is how side line looks like – it’s pretty decent. What a pity that rear and front end don’t match it. Perhaps, this is the most disappointing recent BMW’s design. I have even problem with explaining to myself how it did get an approvement. 

  • Giom

    Everyone should relax… the design is new, not ugly. In about three months or so, we’ll start seeing some back pedaling posts from the most critical people. ‘Somehow, this design grew on me… don’t know how, but I’m starting to like it…’

    The modern man seems to be sh!t scared of change or anything new. Not willing/able to have his senses streatched in any new direction.

    I admit, there are designs that conflicts with me, even from BMW – the new X3, for instance (I’m not calling it ugly! Just boring). But from some other manufacturers too, Ssangyongs’ ugly wagon-like thing. I did try and find something ‘new’ in that design, but in the end, there was nothing.

    To call this new One ugly, is emotions talking, to call it different, would be more realistic. Hat tip to BMW for being different!

    • wazon8

      I wish you were right, but at the moment I can’t imagine “improved,cleansed from emotions” perspective from which I would admire this exterior design. Usually, I find myself changing opinion from thinking of a car as nice to thinking of it as not especially appealing, but I can’t remember a car for which opposite change of opinion took place. I found previous X3 or Bangle’s 7-er to be ugly and nothing changed about that. Up to the time, they screw up this for me and that’s really bad, since I was waiting for RWD hatchback.

    • wazon8

      I wish you were right, but at the moment I can’t imagine “improved,cleansed from emotions” perspective from which I would admire this exterior design. Usually, I find myself changing opinion from thinking of a car as nice to thinking of it as not especially appealing, but I can’t remember a car for which opposite change of opinion took place. I found previous X3 or Bangle’s 7-er to be ugly and nothing changed about that. Up to the time, they screw up this for me and that’s really bad, since I was waiting for RWD hatchback.

    • Dougkeeley

      Giom,  I felt about the E90 like you describe.  I hated it, but the more I understood the design, it grew on me.  In particular, I hated the sedan’s tail lights before the update, and still do.   However, even now I can respect it as an appropriate shape for the design.

      In this case, the shapes in this car really don’t integrate into a compelling design.  The absence of an identity (the absence of bangle’s approach) is obvious here — the design relies on too many allusions to different things — alluding to the previous shape and design elements (shoulder crease dealing with the chunkier proportions), to elements of BMW’s design direction (eg., headlamp styles of CS/GT, the beveled edges) , but these are all separate things on their own.  The shapes don’t contribute to each other, IMHO.

      • Giom

        Hey Doug! I hear what you say… and you’re not completely wrong either. The only thing I can add to my argument is to wait and see it in the flesh. BMWs never look right in photos (except the new X3, which still doesn’t look right in the flesh).

        Another thing I thought about today, BMW isn’t scared of TGs Jeremy. Boy, he’s going to have a field day with this car… Pity tho, as I feel that once again BMW has stretched the known mold untill it broke. Always a winner in my books!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/La-Ma/1681833435 La Ma

          “…BMWs never look right in photos …”  any car or anything in fact if does not look good in photos can not possibly look good in real life. It might look better but will never be good.
          think about it like this – your wife looks bad on pictures… will you marry her ? will even go on a date if you see an ugly girl ? Nope, pictures are reflections of reality and BMW as everybody else sells cars with their look primarily. The cars must look good on paper, on screen and of course in real life.
          This looks better in real life BS started with bungle, never before. He could never create something that would look good on even toilet paper, so he needed the BS to explain how in a black color sitting in a cave light turned off and a blindfold on you, the car he created actually will look really good.
          pls don’t repeat his BS, just admit the new 1 series front is ugly as a stick in standard version.

          • Ruslan_Kz

            Absolutely agree!

          • Giom

            You can’t liken that to a woman. We’re talking 3 dimentional design here. I first noticed this phenominon with the E36. In pictures the lines looked quite straight, in the flesh you could see the rounded surface areas that would never translate in pictures. From then on, I’ve noticed it in other manufacturers too, but especially BMW with their advanced surface treatment.

            I agree, a car should look good in photos, but they don’t design cars on paper (except for sketches and detail ideas). They shape them with clay… they stand right there and look at a 3d object.

          • wazon8

            I tend to agree with your general thesis that BMWs look much better in real world circumstances. I can even imagine that front end of this car will look pretty appealing when it would be seen in person. Right now I like it from some angles and hate it from others. But rear end is total failure to me. Neither I believe that it will somehow change into something better in flash, nor I believe that M-package will make it any better, although it has positive impact on front end for sure. 

  • in77

    Everything is relative, but to a certain limit: the design of this car is badly managed, as well as that of the 5 Series Gran Turismo, bad and punished by the BMW ex-customers who, now, buy Mercedes.I believe that continuing with this design is arrogant and dangerous, as well as inelegant and not in line with the BMW style. That said, I think nobody wants to put this car on their desktop.

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  • LexusLVR

    Lexus CT200h now PWNS this segment. Thanks BMW for letting Lexus dominate this niche. You just gave away your trump card with this new ugly POS.

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