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BMW 1 Series spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

The BMW 1 Series may have undergone a very slight refresh for the 2012 model year, but it appears that engineers are already hard at work for the next-generation of BMW's current entry-level machine. Here, we see a five-door hatchback version out testing in the snow-laden cold, complete with a set of chains on its rear tires.

Though it appears that the size of the 1 Series hasn't changed much, we can see that the front fascia has been slightly redesigned, probably taking on a shape more akin to what's been done to the larger 5 Series sedan. This prototype is still pretty heavily camouflaged, so it's hard to tell exactly what design tweaks are in store.

As for what's under the hood, your guess is as good as ours. However, BMW's latest commitment to four-cylinder turbocharged engines leads us to believe that the base car will have four-pot power, while the top-end 135i will still likely use the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six that we currently enjoy.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow! Looking good.. can hardly believe these are real spyshots.. that or the "spies" knew where to go looking.. Too little camo for a 2013 model, unless intentional. And the chains? To me a blatant attempt at proving to the enthusiast crowd that the next 1 series will be offered in RWD, so thanks very much for the info BMW :)

      Size of headlights and angle of grille both tell me the front end is 7-series -inspired.. awesome!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Saying the 1 hasn't changed in size is probably the same as saying the X3 stayed the same size.

      This thing looks wider, and the rear doors stretch back a little farther. We can only hope it comes stateside though, but BMW seems to not want a practical luxury car as an entry vehicle for it's brand in the US.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm so happy that they 'fixed' the droopy line where the door meets the rocker panels! That was by far the most bothersome design choice of the last generation for me.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear BMW,


      Bring the hatch version to the US, now!


      That is all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      can i haz wit 2.0l turboz????
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dear BMW,

      Please remake my beloved 318ti.

      K Thanks bye.

      P.S. dont eff it up
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great engine or not...it's still one of the ugliest cars on the road, in Europe or anywhere else.
      • 4 Years Ago
      R3DB71ND : You are absolutely correct about RWD being more fun to drive than AWD! However, these are hatchback, little SUV/SAVs and much more practicle for some people. RWD on snow is BAD NEWS. I recently moved to NE Ohio where a lot of people love their SUVs. (I don't know why). I came here with my 128i and slid all over the road on snow and ice. Even going 10 mph, with DTC on--does nothing--extra wieght in the trunk and using all the snow driving tips I had read. It was dangerous; an accident begging to happen. I had to get rid of it and get a 328i with X-Drive, AWD. It is not as fun to drive, but it is very nice and gets me around safely in the snow.
      I would not buy this model vehicle, but I think many people, especially families who live in cold climates will like this BMW.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is the US going to get the hatch version next time around, or is that going to remain a Euro-only model?!
        • 4 Years Ago
        if this was a Lexus CT hatch thread everyone would be calling this a Mazda3 copy, yet somehow...

        • 4 Years Ago
        Hopefully, I wouldn't even consider it until there's a hatch version. Even then it's probably still a bit pricey for what it is...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please oh please oh please fix the headlights. That's the only thing wrong with the current version IMO.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And this isn't the X1 why?

      Boy I'd love to see the difference if that's not the case.

        • 4 Years Ago
        Because the X designation is for SUV/CUVs. The 1-Series is a compact hatchback/coupe, not an SUV/CUV.
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