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Report: Next-gen BMW 1-series to get four new variants

 
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While its Mini dealerships expand and BMW plans to double North American production, it's even busier behind the scenes working on the next generation of its most compact platform. Four new BMW 1-series variants are rumored to be in the works for the next-gen model, known internally as the F20, in addition to the traditional coupe and hatch already in production.

The new variants include a new version of both the Coupe and Cabrio, a GT-style Estate, and a crossover-like vehicle possibly wearing a Y1 badge. A roadster version called the Z2 and potentially a small coupe version of that car are also up for production, reports Autocar. Bringing the car to market now is thought to make sense both from a consumer perspective and for competitive reasons - Volkswagen is also reported to be going forward with the Bluesport roadster, which may also share its underpinnings with entry-level Porsche and Audi roadsters.

So far the GT-style Estate and the crossover-like variant are still only possibilities, without official approval. A four-door sedan-profile car on the 1-series platform is also among the talk.

The next-generation 1-series is expected to include a range of powertrains. A 1.3L three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine could replace the current 1.6L four-cylinder. If so, in Europe at least, five petrol models should be available: the 116i with a 136hp (101kW) 1.3L turbo; the 118i with a 177hp (132kW) 1.3L turbo; the 120i with a 218hp (162kW) 2.0L turbo; the 130i with the 272hp (203kW) naturally-aspirated 3.0L inline six; and the 135i with a 326hp (243kW) turbo six-cylinder.

The diesel range will be somewhat more compact with a 118d featuring a 150hp (112kW) 2.0L turbodiesel, a 120d with a 184hp (137kW) 2.0L turbodiesel and a 123d with a 211hp (157kW) 2.0L turbodiesel.

A series of high-performance 'ti' models could also come with design assistance from the M Division, though exactly what shape those might take is still up in the air.

BMW's Megacity urban vehicle project, which had previously been linked to the next-gen 1-series, will not play a role in the coming lineup. The Megacity project is independent of the 1-series because of the unique nature of its design goals.

According to previous reports, the first model released - the five-door hatch - will hit the market around 2011, while the top-end model will wait until early 2012 to make its debut, while the standard coupe will come toward the end of 2012. A cabrio will come in early 2013 as the last of the certain-to-be-produced models.

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  1. I am a fan of options and styles, but this might be a bit excessive
     
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  2. denton.. i thought the same thing.. read the article though.. theres only one variation that will make it to market.. theyre just in the process of figuring out what its going to be.. sedan, hatch, etc
     
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  3. Yeah your right, I was a bit drowsy when I read this earlier, so my mistake
     
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  4. I think I will root for the 5 door wagon with the 3 door as a variant
     
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  5. i think they should stick with a hatch, they seem to be selling a lot more lately. but only if they do it with style! unlike the current model. sometimes it can look kool but its soo ugly most the time. in order to compete with rivals the bmw must really poor alot of effort into simply makeing this thing look great. a small funky little beemer, cleverly mixed with practicality, comfort and still have the great quality and engineering bmw's have. the glass roof is a cool idea but i dont think they will sell as much if its a coupe, i love coupes but i know soo many people who cant stand a coupe if they are going for a small car like this. the main thing im hoping for is just something good to look at which i havnt seen from beemer ina wile...
     
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  6. ok lets be brutally honest about this.
    the main market for a premium hatch is either as a second car (for the missus) and woudl be used for school runs, shopping etc, so would need 4 doors.
    the next market would be little rich kids gettign one off their parents, which means they will plump for a 4 door so they can take their mates around and be seen as "cool"
     
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  7. I will take a MazdaSpeed3 and a lot of money in my pocket. That one or many other cars but never would I consider buying a 1 series. And judging by the only 2 or 3 1 series I've seen even here in MIA there must be a lot of people who share my loathing for how low BMW has fallen.
     
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  8. I agree with Hector.

    a 1 series is (literally) bottom of the line. You can't get much cheaper (unless you move to a mini pooper)

    I'm not impressed. In fact, I think the Audi A3 has a lot better styling (and functionality, quattro) and is a better car overall.
     
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  9. Since this car has camo on it, how can you judge the styling? You can't.
     
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  10. So many people say that BMW has lost its game? BMW losing its game in terms of the looks department is debatable, but in terms of profit and sales; its not doing bad at all. All car manufacturers are feeling it, and even with the Global Economic Crisis, people are still buying Rolls Royces from the BMW parent company.
     
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  11. I hope all of them are lighter than the current gen. Then again, that applies to every production car.
     
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