• Nov 19, 2009
BMW 1 Series Hybrid - Click above for high-res image gallery

At the launch of the BMW X6 ActiveHybrid, officials acknowledged the automaker would be producing several additional hybrid models in the near future. Rumors have been floating around that the new 5 Series – due to launch in 2010 – will get the same mild hybrid system going into the ActiveHybrid 7 and its crossover counterpart, but what about BMW's smaller offerings?

Testing near Munich, a BMW 1 Series mule was caught wearing "Hybrid Test Vehicle" badging, proving that BMW's hybrid system won't be used exclusively on its larger models. Given the small size of the 1, this will undoubtedly use a version of the same mild hybrid system, a modular setup that has the motor/generator sandwiched between the engine and transmission with a compact lithium ion battery in the rear.

The 1 Series hybrid will take on the production version of the Lexus LF-Ch concept recently shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show when it hits the market in late 2011 or early 2012. The Lexus is similar in size to the 1er, but will only be offered as a hybrid, while the 1 will retain conventional powertrain options. There's no word whether the Lexus or the 1 Series Hybrid will make it onto U.S. shores, but if both automakers plan to recoup development expenses, sales in North America are almost assured.



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      • 5 Years Ago
      You say this car is ugly, but then you see the m-sport version and think otherwise, I wouldn't say bmw's are ugly, I'd say they are an acquired taste...

      http://img143.imageshack.us/i/foto1lp8.jpg/

      http://hotcarphotos.blogspot.com/2008/07/bmw-e81-123d.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hope we get it here! love these 1 series - and with a hybird powertrain it will be fantastic. Really glad more driver orientated manufacturers are finally accpeting this technology.
      For emissions sake - not necesairly better mileage.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, it looks like a pot-bellied pig...
      • 5 Years Ago
      are you sure that's not a disguised Nissan leaf?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Puke puke puke!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a Hugo. It's just very corny looking and soft.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What is it with BMW and the ugly hatches? What don't they get about flowing aerodynamic design? BMW botched the Z3 hatchback/hardtop in the same way. Make it a 2 door fastback style hatch, similar to the 370Z, then it would at least look acceptable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Since when was honda made in Germany? That looks uninspired, The rear proportions are not right, I would hold out for the Honda CRX replacement that is coming to the states, it looks to be far more expressive and sculpted than that thing. That is sad because I love the 1 series coup.
      • 5 Years Ago
      BMW is making a hybrid, Ferrari has patented a hybrid drive system, and Porsche is offering a diesel. Thank God there are 580hp twin-turbo station wagons, 556hp Cadillacs, and 335hp six-speed manual Buicks to balance out all of this eco-malaise.
        • 5 Years Ago
        what is wrong with people wanting to pollute less?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The whole business of "polluting less" is nonsense. These hybrids have batteries that will toxify landfills someday for eons. And plug-in electrics will get most of their juice in the U.S. from coal burning powerplants. There've been countless articles that the whole "hybrid" move is nothing more than manufacturers playing to consumer demand for "green" technology -- even if the technology these consumer think they're getting is anything but green.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Thank God there are 580hp twin-turbo station wagons, 556hp Cadillacs, and 335hp six-speed manual Buicks to balance out all of this eco-malaise."

        And then you cry when gas is $4/gallon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll tell you what's wrong, lorenzo, what harmful pollutants are cars emitting now, at least in significant amounts? And besides, BMW, Porsche, Ferrari, are performance car manufacturers. They shouldn't be pandering to "eco-conscious" douchebags with hybrids and diesels. Only Audi should be making diesel performance cars, and hybrids make terrible performance cars. The hybrid system adds weight, the regenerative braking spoils pedal feel, the transmission is most often a CVT wuss-o-matic, and for what? More MPG? Performance cars are about MPH, not MPG. Anyone who buys a hybrid BMW should be shot for sullying the name of a storied maker of sports sedans. It's worse than buying an automatic BMW that isn't a 7-series, it has the hippie cachet of a hybrid badge and the douchebag magnet that is the BMW badge.

        And Luis, if I want to commute when gas is $4/gal, I can use my $5000 38mpg Civic. Performance cars aren't supposed to be wholly practical. Their main goal is...wait for it...PERFORMANCE!
      • 5 Years Ago
      this looks ugly as hell.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Perhaps there is some confusion...

        The 1-series actually launched in initially in Europe as a 5-door hatch in MY2005.
        The 3-door hatch has been on roads since MY2007. The 2-door coupe version we have in the US didn't come around until last year...

        I'll agree the 3-door is a bit ungainly, but the 5-door looks quite nice. But anyway, it's polarizing styling is quite old news. The car's been out for years! The focus of this article is the powertrain.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bring the hatch to the States!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's a pretty crappy deal compared to a Mazda3, you'd have to really want a RWD hatch which not too many people do.
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