Spy Photos: 2012 BMW 1 Series Winter Testing

Spy Photos | February 17th, 2010 by 3

BMW continues its winter testing sessions and the agile spy photographers managed to snag some new shots of the next generation BMW 1 Series.

Due to launch in 2012, the F20 1 Series bring significant changes to the entry-level BMW line-up. The new BMW 1 Series hatchback model will feature a slightly longer wheelbase and wider track than the current model. It will be available in three and five door variants with both models using the new modular/expendable platform.

Design wise, the new 1 Series is rumored to be a revolutionary model with the new design language under Chief Designer Adrian Von Hooydonk making its way into the F20 car. So we expect so see a lot of flaming surfaces, concave/convex shapes and an unique, unseen headlights design.

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Even though the engine line-up has not been finalized, sources indicate many new three and four turbo engines will be used across the 1 Series models, from a 1.3 liter engine with 136 horsepower to a new 1.3-liter turbo powerplant developing 177 hp. At the high-end of the line-up, the 135i will be using the N55 Twin-Scroll engine. Diesel and hybrid versions are going to be available as well.

One of the engine that will most likely be featured in a 1 Series vehicle is the three cylinder hybrid one found in the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics Concept.

The new BMW 1 Series Hatchback is scheduled to be unveiled in 2011 at one of the major European auto shows.

[Source: SecretNewCars ]