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2012 BMW 1-Series Image, Details Leaked

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Update: The official details and images on the 2012 BMW 1-Series Hatchback are out. Click here for our latest post.

The current BMW 1-Series is, despite its late arrival in the U.S., growing long in the tooth, 1-Series M Coupe notwithstanding. Accordingly, a new model is in the works, due as a 2012 model. Best of all, the updated 1er might bring the hatchback to the U.S.

That's not yet confirmed, however, nor are most of the engines that are mentioned for the car for U.S. consumption, particularly the weakest of the four-cylinders and the diesels in general. Nevertheless, the news of a 247-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder does pique our interest, as it's likely strong enough to do battle in our market while gaining an edge on fuel efficiency over an equivalent inline six-cylinder model--provided it can meet the right price point.

We don't expect the six cylinder to disappear from the 1-Series completely in the U.S., however. It will likely remain in 135i guise if nothing else.

If the hatchback comes--and that's a big if, given America's lack of love for anything that's not a coupe or sedan, outside of the pickup/SUV/crossover realm--it could be found in either or both three-door or five-door configurations.

As for the updated exterior, the main changes are at the front end, where we see the new look of the BMW family take hold, with a re-shaped grille area, new headlights, and a sculpted hood above not-too-agressive air intakes. Slight tweaks for the U.S. model may change the details, but the overall picture should remain the same.

We'll follow the trail of the 2012 1-Series for you as the information breaks, so stay tuned.

[Motor-Traffic.de via WCF]

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  1. It's pretty UGLY compared to first generation...
     
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  2. I hope those are just renders
     
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  3. Not renderings, say it is leaked Euro-spec. Anyways when will this thing become the 2 series so the next 1 series will be fwd
     
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  4. sooo ugly, BMW is drop...
     
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  5. Well I doubt America will get the hatch so we might get lucky there
     
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  6. Oh man - nothing seems to work on that front end. The rear looks the same as the old one, just with uglier lights.
    Nice interior though - guessing that screen will cost a fortune.
     
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  7. on front styling i think a little help from SAAB is in order... Rear OK. Interior OLD FASHIONED.
     
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  8. am I the only one who thinks that by each model BMW is going a step backwards in styling?
     
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  9. This BMW seem intended for the masses. Is there any correlation between that and being unattractive?
     
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  10. I am going to have to agree with everyone here, the front end styling is ugly. The current look for the 1-series make it an attractive car. These new changes however, make it look like BMW's basement child.
     
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