2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback Spy Shots

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BMW released an updated version of the 1-Series Hatchback in late 2008 but ever since then suspicious prototypes of a new car with similar proportions and signature BMW styling have been captured running around the south of Germany, and now once again and this time with much of the finer details revealed.

The current 1-Series has often been criticized for having a back seat no full-sized adult would be comfortable in. However, the rear seat room in this new 2012 model is expected to be much improved. This may also see BMW finally release the Hatchback version of the 1-Series in the all-important U.S. market. A slightly longer wheelbase and wider track than the current model will almost certainly be present.

A few years back BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer revealed that the four-cylinder engines destined for the next-gen 1-Series will be the same compact units developed jointly by BMW and France’s PSA Peugeot-Citroen for MINI and a number of French models. The engines will range from 1.4 to 2.0-liters in displacement and will be available in both turbocharged and naturally aspirated forms. Expect to see BMW’s award-winning straight six engines also appear in only range-topping models like the 135i and possibly even a new 1-Series M Hatchback.

Engines could be downsized somewhat to meet more stringent emissions and fuel economy rules, but with the aid of the direct injection and forced induction, power figures may not decrease substantially and could even increase in models like the 135i. We saw this recently with the new 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder engine that replaced the previous six-cylinder unit in the X1 xDrive28i.

Engine stop-start and electrical-regenerative systems should carry over into the new series, as well as possible new EfficientDynamics technologies such as heat-recovery systems and solar panels. BMW has also revealed that initial testing of thermoelectric generators and solar panels on its cars showed savings of up to 5 percent in fuel consumption.

Expect the new 1-Series Hatchback to be revealed late this year and be followed by new Coupe and Convertible variants, as well as a possible shooting brake model and a new high-performance M version further down the track.


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Comments (20)
  1. I hope we get the hatch, way more interior space

  2. I hope we get the hatch, way more interior space

    And a hatch usually is better looking in this size class, as the VW Golf/GTI is always better looking than the equivalent Jetta.

  3. I hope we get the hatch, way more interior space

    And a hatch usually is better looking in this size class, as the VW Golf/GTI is always better looking than the equivalent Jetta.

    Yeah, least they are not doing a sedan version

  4. A shooting brake with a high output turbo 4 would be a fun ride.

  5. A hatch with a small six would be well received in Canada.

  6. Looks the same size as the Mini Clubman, roughly.
    Wonder if it will share the same platform, and maybe front-wheel drive.

  7. Pam the X1 and R60 share the same platform,but this 1 series sure looks like the X1, who knows it might it the same platform I hope so that would mean cheaper models

  8. There appears to be a bit more front overhang than the current car. Hmmm . . .

  9. IIRC, the BMW insider that haunts various BMW boards mentioned that the F30 platform can be used for both RWD and FWD vehicles.

  10. Uh - the F30 is the 3er platform, the F20 is the current 1er replacement platform. Sorry.

  11. Personally, I'd love to have a 135i, but that's because I already have a 2002 in the garage.

  12. sell the car for less money than it will be reasonable.

  13. How about an ///M inspired turbo four with some weight reduction. I've not bought a brand new one in a while, always buy used, buy I'd consider that car...

  14. Hi,
    I think it’s safe to say that if M-B brings a non-hydrogen B-class to the US then BMW will begin offering their 1-series hatch here.

  15. Never did like the 1 Series.. and with this slight camouflage pictures judgement remains the same, Volkswagen Golf is still the pick.

  16. No Pam this will not be fwd, the model they have planned for under it will share the MINI platform though

  17. BMW 1 Series will Lexus CT fighter in USA!!

  18. I like it. Reminds me of my 2009 Mazda 3 5-Door.

  19. The 1 series looks completely whack. They NEED the hatch to make the 1 Series saleable. This thing looks great. Shooting Brake? Hella yeah!

  20. Please, please, please bring the 5 door 135i to the US! You've taken all our wagons, give us this and I'll forgive you.

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