The 2012 BMW 1 Series Hatchback comes back to focus. The next generation 1 Series Hatchback has been spotted once again during its usual test trials, but this time around, spy photographers managed to snap some shots of the interior design.
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.
Due to be unveiled at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, the new generation 1 Series hatchback is built under the codename F20, and will feature a slightly longer wheelbase and wider track than the current model. 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. Corroborated with more parts sharing, this new approach will allow BMW to reduce even more the production costs.
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.
In the engine department, 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 horsepower. The gasoline version, dubbed N30, comes in displacements of 1.2 and 1.5 liters with power output of ranging from 70 to 184 horsepower.
At the high-end of the line-up, the 135i will be using the N55 Twin-Scroll engine.
Diesel powerplants continue to play an important role in BMW’s strategy to improve efficiency across the fleet. A new three-cylinder 1.5 liter N37 engine will have a power output ranging from 110 to 125 horsepower. The threes-cylinder engines will use about 10 percent less fuel.
As we mentioned earlier, the new F20 1 Series will make its debut in September 2011.[Source: Carscoop ]