• Feb 17, 2011
BMW 1 Series Spy Shots - Click above for high-res image gallery

Our elite squad of spy photographers has managed to nab a handful of photos of the upcoming BMW 1 Series. Given that a refreshed model has just debuted for 2012, it's understandable that details on the next-gen model are still squirmy at the moment. In any case, this new batch of shots show off a bit more of what we can expect to see on the production version when it lands in showrooms. If this mule is any indication we can expect the 1 to come bearing the company's first turn signals integrated into the sideview mirrors, and it appears that the squared angel-eye headlights of manufacturer's recent concept cars have finally made their way off of the show circuit and onto the street.

Inside, BMW has finally seen fit to add a little color to the cabin with a few splashes of red stitching as well as a dash accent. It looks like the 1 will also come bearing a pop-up navigation screen when it arrives in dealerships.

As of right now, there's little word as to what will show up under the hood of this wee beastie when it comes Stateside, but we hear that this particular machine was powered by a 2.0-liter diesel engine and an eight-speed automatic. The car was also spotted testing alongside two xDrive products vehicles and an Audi A4, so there's a good chance that we'll see all-wheel drive crop up on the next 1, too.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey, red piping on the dash. Like my 84 Rabbit GTI :)
      • 3 Years Ago
      3/5-door in the US or GTFO. Just my 2 cents.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think I'm one of the few fans of BMW's 1 series as a whole. I like this one as well, my only question is have they fixed that fact that for a few G's more I can buy a 3 series?
        • 3 Years Ago
        sure a nicely optioned 335 can cost you almost 60k. I'd rather buy a CPO 335 than a new 135 honestly. More car for the money.
        • 3 Years Ago
        With all their price hikes in the past year, they took care of this little problem. You can get a 135i for the price of a 328i, but it's nowhere near a 335i.
      • 3 Years Ago
      +1 I'll be happy for a partial victory w/ the 5door rwd 1.6 gas (6spd manual plz)
      • 3 Years Ago
      4200 lbs.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, I seriously hope the shape of those headlights is not final. That looks horrible judging from the outline of the camo, this is coming from a huge BMW fan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm confused by the wording of this article. What exactly are these pictures of, the next gen model or the 2012 refresh? Or are they the same thing??
        • 3 Years Ago
        These are spyshots of the next generation F20 1 series 5 door hatchback. As others note, the 5 door 1 series has not been sold in the US in the past, and that will not change with this generation (or at least there are no current plans for it).

        Autoblog's information about the MY2012 facelift is actually somewhat misleading. Yes, the 1 series coupe and convertible are getting a facelift for the new 2012 models. However, this has nothing to do with this brand new 1 series hatchback. In fact, both the facelifted 2 door models and this all-new hatchback both launch later this year. The reason for this is that the 2 door models (plus a 3 door hatch) actually launched almost 3 years behind the original 5 door hatchback, so their release schedules are very out of sync. BMW aims to fix this up with the new generation, so you will most likely see the brand new F22 1 series coupe and F23 1 series convertible launch sometime next year. The F21 3 door hatch will probably show up around this time as well.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why is Autoblog sooo in love with BMW??? Seems every day there are 2 or 3 writes ups concerning BMWs.

      I leased a 5 series and couldn't wait to return it. In three years the car spent 51 days with the mechanic. Car was just as comfortable to drive as my current Lexus GS350 and the wife's 2009 MB E350 in both city and highway driving. Maybe if I was on the autobahn daily I'd feel different. But then again, so many days with the mechanic, the car just isn't worth it. Not as a daily driver.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yours is not an uncommon story, but BMW and other premium manufacturers have weaved such a magic blanket of marketing and PR that other tales such as yours never seem to have any sticking power.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The front-end looks promising with its more aggressive shape, and it seems like they've finally gotten rid of that dastardly saggy crease on the rocker panel. But it still seems tall like the current 1-series, which is one of my big gripes with how the 128/135 sits.
      • 3 Years Ago
      surprisingly decent. I think the headlights are cut odd but maybe its not really final. BMW seems to have an odd sense of proportion with the headlights in its smaller cars.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I thought the same thing. Then I noticed in the close up that the black line is just tape.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The black ribbon doesn't mark the shape of the headlight. If you look closely at the top-left corner of the second picture you can see the bulging where the headlight actually ends. Also seems the top of the light goes higher and the bottom not as low as the ribbon.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why are these small cars so ungainly, while they try to make huge cars like the X6 needlessly compromised, and end up killing the practicality of a larger car.

      The coupe 1-series should look like a cleaner version of a mini-6-series, with a fastback hatch.

      The sedan 1-series should look like a cleaner version of a mini-5-GT, also with a liftback.

      Such small cars with tiny trunks might as well have a more practical liftback rather than a miniscule little trunk lid. The 3-series sedan and coupe have trunk lids, if you really want one.

      Then, if they want to make a 5-door wagonlet, or a CUV just above the Mini countryman with a real drivetrain, whatever... But at least make it look like a mini-X5 with some good looks.

      maybe bring back the shark-nose look from the 3.0CS and the original 635.

      But for pete's sake clean up the aesthetics, and make them classy and attractive, as well as 'german' efficiently useful. And not lead-lined, or whatever the heck they are doing to make the BMW cars weigh so much in their size classes.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yes Yes Yes! Hatch to USA Please!!!! AWD? Don't need for me. maybe for folks in the snowy region.
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