How the 2012 BMW 1 Series could have looked like

1-series | June 8th, 2011 by 38
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We already know the story with the new 2012 BMW 1 Series: highly controversial exterior design, looking great from some angles, beautiful interior etc…But what …

We already know the story with the new 2012 BMW 1 Series: highly controversial exterior design, looking great from some angles, beautiful interior etc…But what could have been better? What parts of the car you would change if you were the 1 Series designer?

Our sister-magazine BimmerToday along with Duran Automotive Artwork embarked in a redesign journey and share with us their own version of how the 2012 BMW 1 Series could have looked like. And what we see, it’s closer to what we have expected.

First and foremost, a wider kidney grille. What’s the purpose of that? Well, for starters, it matches the somewhat oversized headlights. Next, it also closes the strange gap between the side section of the grille and the beginning of the headlight.

How the 2012 BMW 1 Series could have looked like

The revised front-end

To bring the sportiness out of this small, compact BMW, the revised version of the 1er sports wider fenders and larger wheels. The hood also gets slightly redesigned to feature a more aggressive look.

The front bumper receives a facelift as well with the air intakes being drawn larger than the “original” and slightly upwards.

The unusual shape of the headlights and the “greenhouse” have been left untouched, so essentially, the biggest complaint on the car remains.

The result? Let us know in the comments below.

How the 2012 BMW 1 Series could have looked like

  • Gap4eric

    Still looks like dog turd. Waste of ure time to try to fix this abortion they call f20.

    • Ruslan_Kz

      Result of love: VW Polo + Pekinese = BMW 1-er 

  • LMAO

    stiill looks shit

    • Sweetim65

      Don’t buy one then!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/val.iliev Valentin Iliev

    Better looking for sure (modified). The rear of the “original” is the far worse looking part though… so many mod options there.

  • 3ismagic#

    What exactly is the point of this post? Had my mom had sex with Paul Newman I might be a whole lot more attractive. But she didn’t, so I’m not, and I don’t spend any time thinking about what I would look like if she had.

  • 3ismagic#

    What exactly is the point of this post? Had my mom had sex with Paul Newman I might be a whole lot more attractive. But she didn’t, so I’m not, and I don’t spend any time thinking about what I would look like if she had.

  • Darckangele2005

    shame on you bmw, you are about to force us going to audi or benz?? make some attractive desings, can’t you??

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  • Bryce

    BMW was trying to save money by getting BimmerToday to design the Life Cycle Impulse…

  • Slowtyper

    The worst part of it is the headlights … simply hideous. This is definitely a black dot in BMW’s history.

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

    A dog is a dog.  Let me guess what happened ?  They wanted to save money so they dig out bangle’s old files and used one of his better designs.  result – 2012 BMW 1 series front.
     

  • New 1 series SUCK!

    Yeah…It looks better than before…

  • http://paultan.org/ Paul Tan
  • http://paultan.org/ Paul Tan
    • http://twitter.com/GiangcK Truong Giang

      That makes it look closer to the sketch – better proportion between the headlights and the air intakes

    • http://twitter.com/GiangcK Truong Giang

      That makes it look closer to the sketch – better proportion between the headlights and the air intakes

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  • Hartog47

    BMW please get yourself a TALENTED disigner with some feel with cars. Please!

    • http://twitter.com/GiangcK Truong Giang

      He’s been there, but now he’s gone

    • http://twitter.com/GiangcK Truong Giang

      He’s been there, but now he’s gone

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EJ6URKRKDJRWM76IDT2DHX366A Jom Beam

    Hoodink or whatever his name is, doesn’t he come from the same country that makes Volvo or Saab?!?!? Barf! GTFO

  • viper

    MUCH BETTER on the left……much better!!… I think they left that one for facelift , but overall Im not too impressed with the car but it looks much better. shame bmw. shame. lame designers.

  • JB

    You can polish a turd……. but its still a turd

  • Postie

    I think I will wait to see the real car in the flesh before making my final assessment, but I must admit that the front is growing on me. Still not sure about them rear lights, though.

  • Adam23

    I cannot believe this design got approved by BMW. I think the car would sell fine if the front headlights weren’t so big. It completely ruins the car.

  • StraightSix

    Close the casket!!

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  • asdfasd

    The saying “you can’t polish a turd” springs to mind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000043833745 Persian Steps

    I think after 3 year from its life cycle they’ll give it that small touch.

  • Anonymous

    kill it with fire

  • http://www.facebook.com/marqui.basile Marco Basile

    Way better than the final prototype.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marqui.basile Marco Basile

    Way better than the final prototype.

  • Wayne Jones

    So there you guys go again….first its to bold and ugly (previous 5 and 7). So BMW listen to the “experts” and tone it down a bit, And guess what the “experts” in design moan again. PS the figures speak for themself…sale are up, awards are being won and other manufafturers are copying BMW, but then again what does BMW no really now….

  • http://twitter.com/Wantris Wantris

    So there you guys go again….first its to bold and ugly (previous 5 and 7). So BMW listen to the “experts” and tone it down a bit, And guess what the “experts” in design moan again. PS the figures speak for themself…sale are up, awards are being won and other manufafturers are copying BMW, but then again what does BMW now really know….

  • http://www.facebook.com/abdo.daoudi1 Abdo Daoudi

    I find it it look like a hogs of Angry Bird !!!  ghghghgh

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