Ahead of the official unveiling in June and public debut in September at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show, the 2012 BMW 1-series hatchback is viewed in an unofficial rendering AutoBild.de posted by Germany and widely spread in Europe.
There are currently no plans to sell new 1-series three-and five-door hatchbacks in the U.S. The next generation 1-series coupe and convertible are due in 2012 and 2013 models will be sold in the U.S. and Europe.
According to information circulating in advance various European sites, in 2012 the 1-series sedan is slightly longer and wider than the original, with more space for rear passengers. Styling changes are evolutionary, with longer rear doors for easier access possible.
It will go on sale in Europe later this year with a choice of new direct-injection turbocharged four cylinder petrol and diesel engines, coupled with either a manual or a ZF eight-speed automatic. A start-stop system as standard. Variants include 116i and 118i (petrol) and 116d and 118d (diesel). A hybrid version is said to be in the pipeline.
The 2012 1 Series is offered in two versions, and Sports Line Urban Line, according to media reports, with unique wheels, trim and colors available for each. Among the high-tech options lane-departure warning, park assist, a reversing camera and traffic sign detection.
An M Sports Package will be available, and a comfort package with 17-inch run-flat tires.