• Jun 3, 2009
2011 BMW 1 Series - Click above for a high-res image gallery

The BMW 1 Series is due for a thorough overhaul, and judging by these recent spy shots, the entry-level Bimmer is on track to be released late next year. This second generation prototype was caught running between BMW's test centers in Germany wearing the roundel's patented psychedelic camo, and appears to blend some of the new X1's slab sides with the upright grille and fascia that debuted on the redesigned 2009 BMW 7 Series. The 2011 model is expected to be offered in an assortment of body styles, ranging from the coupe and convertible we get here in the States, to a traditional five-door hatch, sedan and possibly a three-door shooting brake.

As for powerplants, it's already been confirmed that BMW is working on a range of four-cylinder engines that may make it to the U.S., and recent rumors suggest a three-cylinder mill packing 1.35-liters of displacement and putting out between 163 and 241 hp is in development for the European market. Naturally, expect both the three- and four-cylinders to have a turbo dangling from the exhaust manifold, and the upcoming SuperSports model – a send-off to the current 1 series due out next year – could be a good indication of what to expect. Informed speculation says the SuperSports will be equipped with a twin-turbocharged 2.0- to 2.2-liter four-cylinder with an output of 300 hp and 331 lb-ft of torque. We half-expect the SuperSport to debut at this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, with the fully redesigned 1 series bowing at the Geneva Motor Show in March.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      Unless the 4d hatchback hits our shores, I'm not interested. And bring the diesel, please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This will hopefully be good. I personally want to see a 2 door hatch diesel over in the U.S. Those better just be disguise over the taillights.
        • 5 Years Ago
        VW is supposed to be bring the GTD to the US either late fall of this year or first part of next year.

        That will be a two or four door hatch. Not RWD of course but you get better space efficiency with the FWD in that type of car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thank god. This car needs an overhaul in the exterior design department.

      from these spy shots it looks like they have smoothed out the 'sag' at the bottom of the doors.

      hopefully they make it more conservative like the 7 series.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just have a 2nd grader add a trunk with a white crayola and that is what the USA wants!!! Why do we have such bad taste in the States???
      • 5 Years Ago
      They can't kill the current ugly ass , cramped, overweight and overpriced 1 series soon enough. It seems the buying public agrees too. In image and badge conscious So Cal I've seen less than 10 on the road, whereas the elegant 3 series coupe is everywhere. It just looks awful as a coupe. The 3 and 5 version sold in Europe aren't too bad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My point precisely. Maybe you should say you can lease a 3 series for the same price of a 1 series, and it's just as quick, infinitely much better looking, roomier, more usable and sure to retain a higher resale value. The badge addicts around here usually buy anything with a BMW badge on it, regardless of merit and / or value, and even they aren't buying it.

        The 1 looks like a caricature of a 3 in the style you see on T-shirts of the 70s and 80s, like somebody truncated all its proportions and its eyes are bugging out. If it was at least priced in the high 20's or low 30's well equipped, then maybe its weight or aesthetics wouldn't make it as pointless.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't know. Could that be because "image conscious" southern Calfornians are too image conscious to drive anything that starts with a 1?

        You can lease a 128i for the same monthly payment as a 328i, so you really have to "get" the point of the 1-series to want one. As most buyers in this country follow the "bigger is better" mentality, I don't expect many to in your neck of the words, which is a shame because a 135i coupe drives nothing like a 3 series.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW 2011 X1 - Compact Dynamic Progressive Sports Activity Utilitiy Progressive Dynamic Utility Activity Vehicle

      The Ultimate Driving Machine.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another BMW that will base at $27,000, but you won't be able to find one for under $37,500.

      No thanks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm REALLY looking forward to the new smaller displacement, reduced cylinder turbocharged engines.
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