BMW Not Planning M135i Hatchback For America, But Coupe Still In The Works?

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The U.S won't be getting the M135i hatchback. Color us unsurprised, but the latest word is that BMW North America simply can't bring the car here--even though it would like to.

According to Inside Line, the M135i, based on the three-door hatchback version of the 1-Series, was originally turned down for U.S. use by the American branch of the company. Later, it tried to reverse its decision, but at that point, it was too late--it would have proved too costly to convert the car, as it was not designed with U.S. homologation specifications in mind.

That's sad news for fans of the shooting brake, as the three-door version of the 1-Series hatch is effectively just that; in M135i trim, it's also quite enticing as a sports car. Mash the two together, and you have a rare specimen at the highly probable $45,000-ish price point, had it made its way Stateside.

All may not be lost, however, as we may get our own take on the M135i--albeit in much less useful, but still highly sporting, coupe form. If you're saying to yourself, "Hey--wait a minute! They said the 1-Series M Coupe was a one-year-and-done deal!", you are (understandably) jumping the gun. While the rumored M135i coupe would have a potent 335-horsepower and 332-pound-feet of torque turbo inline six-cylinder, it isn't expected to get the full-on widened-fenders/M3 limited-slip differential/bonafide 1-Series M Coupe treatment. Upgraded suspension, brakes, and other components, sure--but BMW isn't likely to disturb the 1-Series M Coupe's repose so soon.

As it is, all we can do is ogle and envy the three-door luxury hot-hatch M135i from afar. So be it. For now.

But we're not happy about it.
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Comments (4)
  1. It's too bad that BMW is not bringing this car in three door hatch form to the USA. I am a 50 year old married male with no kids and an active lifestyle. Currently I am driving a 330ci. I like my cars to be small, fast and flexible. I am outdoors type of guy who skis, bikes, camps, etc. I am not interested in a big thirsty lugging SUV. My next car will be a hatch. This BMW hatch is exactly the kind of car I would buy. I can't believe that I am the only one who feels this way.

  2. You're definitely not the only one who feels that way. I think this segment of the market is waiting for something to come along: sporty, luxurious but still realistic for the non-millionaires, functional, and stylish.

  3. For the money, I'd just as soon get the all-new 2014 Subaru STi.

  4. That's a legitimate option (though no one really knows what the 2014 will be like just yet--I think even the 2012 would be a sound alternative) but it places a priority on space and sport over luxury and comfort.

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