• Feb 5, 2009
A report by AutoBild states that BMW's designers are hard at work on the next iteration of the 1 series and that five different body styles are under review, with only one headed for production.

The variations include a three-door shooting brake, a five-door wagon, a "Progressive Activity Sedan" smaller than the X1, a lifted "Sports Activity Coupe" with a glass roof and, coinciding with an earlier report, a more traditional "sports tourer" that could be the spiritual successor to the 2002.

According to AutoBild, no matter which model makes the cut, BMW plans to downsize the displacement of its engines and begin the wide-scale implementation of turbocharging and direct injection across the 1 series range. The 116i model will make use of a 136 hp, 1.3-liter turbo, the 118i will use a 1.3-liter turbo tweaked to produce 177 hp, the 120i will get a 218 hp 2.0-liter turbo and the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline six will put out an estimated 326 hp. Both new diesel engines and mild hybrid variants are also planned, and BMW's dual-clutch gearbox will be available on more sport-oriented models, while a standard slushbox will be employed on the rest of the range.

The new 1 series is expected to hit Europe in 2011, with a the Super Sport model debuting in 2012 and a convertible variant arriving a year later.

[Source: AutoBild]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope they fix the styling now that Bangle is gone.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually beastage, I think LS was talking about the overheated economy which has been like this for years not days.

        • 5 Years Ago
        What was the last car Bangle actually designed? He's been in charge of design but he's not doing the drawings. Not for a long time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I got no idea where all the hate "hardcore" fans have to Bangle... because
        Fact: BMW doing better than ever.

        Anyway, I never seen brake disks that big on a real life BMW 1 :O
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't. Bangle-BMWs are some of my favorites...
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree Beastage,

        Bangle was a great asset to BMW and helps push their designs to great levels... if he hadn't been involved we would have seen no change. The newest bmw designs are far superior and elegant than ever before...

        not to mention the mans impact on the industry as a total... if he's so bad, why have so many other OEM's copied his design cues?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Their sales may have gone up but they've definitely lost enthusiast support. He did help evolve the design and made every car look different which I appreciate. But to me nothings better than an e30 M3, e39 5 series, and the e46 M3, the e36 was fugly.

        Anyway I'm hoping the 1 series becomes lighter and that they add a 4cyl turbo
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ why not the LS2LS7?

        The sales from 2 days ago are unrelated to my point....

        Since Bangle started working for BMW, they increased popularity and sales by a great amount...

        we are talking years here, not months.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I always preferred BMWs aggressive hard lines in the early 90s and before. The Bangle stuff just seems to roundy and elegant. When I used to think BMW, I thought aggressive, stylish, with the added incentive of total luxury. When I look at a current BMW, I think elegant, typical, sleeper.

        I just want a more aggressive look.

        Just don't stick goofy LED lights everywhere. I love the new Audis, but those LED light bar accents everywhere gotta go.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A 325hp gokart would be fun as hell
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's a lifted coupe?

      I think the 1 would sell a lot better if it was a bit less ugly. The price is high but that can be dealt with. It looks much better as a hatch IMO.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i'm curious about that too... and yeah, the 1er would sell way better if it didn't look like a smoothed-over hyundai accent coupe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      And with this comes the death of the manual transmission. RIP 6MT.
        • 5 Years Ago
        mmm... 2 door hatch's... *drool*

      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW, please bring in the 4 cyl. turbo gas and Diesel engines to the US; and hatchback + station wagon models.
      • 5 Years Ago
      that car is hot....its what 1 series should've been!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Where is the DCT ?????? Come on BMW.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am confused by the statement that only one variation is headed for production. So no coupes, convertibles, etc. - I find that difficult to believe.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was liking the 5 door 1 series too, until BMW decided not to bring it here.

      They must have been doing well enough with the 3 series as the 'brand starter car' to not worry about people needing a practical car for this. While coupes are nice, I need 4 door and happen to like hatches/wagon. This is the most bang for my buck and would would be the most sensible way to get people into a luxury brand. Unfortunately, sensible is rarely applied there. ;)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring the 123d this time, please please please.

      -135i owner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oh man, lets hope they bring the 2 door hatch or even 5 door.

      I hope BMW does not make all of their cars auto/fake manual
      • 5 Years Ago
      Downsize the engines? How about they leave the engines alone and downsize the weight. 3400 pounds is simply inexcusably heavy for a car that size. Did they forget how to make things light? I mean, an e30 3 series is only about 2800 pounds. SIX HUNDRED pounds heavier? That's ridiculous.
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