The car is unlikely to be launched in the U.S. though coupe and convertible variants will arrive in the coming year or so, possibly badged as a 2-Series.
Overseas, the new 1-Series three-door hatch comes with several different engine options, including a turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine in a range-topping BMW M Performance model dubbed the M135i.
This is the first BMW M Performance model to feature a gasoline engine (the previous were advanced diesels), though we doubt it will be the last. It can be ordered in either three- or five-door bodystyles and comes with a host of performance upgrades including stiffer suspension, a more aerodynamic body and uprated brakes.
Its engine delivers a peak output of 320 horsepower and is reportedly due to appear in M Performance versions of the next-generation 1-Series coupe and convertible models sold in the U.S.
The powertrain options for the rest of the lineup range from an entry-level turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 102 horsepower on tap to a 218 horsepower turbodiesel. All engine variants come with a six-speed manual transmission as standard, with the option of an eight-speed automatic, and some models can even be specified with all-wheel drive.
Inside, customers have the choice of either four- or five-seat configurations. Total storage space is 12.7 cubic-feet with the rear seats up and 42.3 cubic-feet when they're folded flat to the floor.
BMW's new 1-Series three-door hatch range will be making its official world debut at the 2012 Paris Auto Show in September.