This is not our first contact with the upcoming 1 Series generation as the German model has been caught several times during tests but for sure this will be the most interesting post for the new small family car as, somehow, a large photo gallery with the new BMW 1 Series hatchback (F20) surfaced. The German model is revealed in a set of high resolution photos that most likely appeared on the Internet without BMW’s permission as they released no official details on this.
Even if we talk about leaked photos or not, we are extremely happy to get a full perspective of the design philosophy adopted by the Bavarians. Without doubt, the exterior of the new 1 Series hatchback received significant changes mainly if we are looking at the front and rear optical blocks.
The photo gallery is also enough giver to reveal us important details about the interior of the model, a certain evolution over the previous models being seen. Among others, the interior features Internet connectivity, BMW Apps and a revised iDrive system with a bigger display.
Thanks to Motor Traffic who also published these photos, we can talk a little about the engine range available for the next-generation 1 Series. To be more precise, the first information announces a new 1.6-liter turbocharged engine to join the current lineup. The gasoline unit will fit the new 116i and 118i being able to deliver 136 horsepower, respectively 170 horsepower.
The same source claims that the more efficient diesel units will be able to offer 116, 143 and 184 horsepower squeeze from a 2.0-liter turbo engine. There are some details on the dimensions as well, the German model increasing in size comparing to the curent 1 Series generation. The 2012 BMW 1 Series has a total length of 4,3 meters while the luggage capacity increases to 360 liters. Even so, the current details announce more passengers space due to a platform increased by 8.4 cm. The official debut is set to take place at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show in September. Largely, these are the details available at the moment but I invite you to take a look at the photo gallery and make yourself an idea on the new BMW 1 Series hatchback. As you can see, the model features a modified exterior appearance that can be judged in multiple ways by the customers.
Source: Motor Traffic