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2012 BMW 1 Series M Sport – Click above for high-res image

The styling of the 2012 BMW 1 Series is indeed polarizing, and most of the design dissections here at Autoblog Towers are mostly concerned with the car's front fascia, with upward-angled headlamps that blend into a larger dual-kidney grille. Much like the rest of its lineup, BMW will offer an M Sport styling option for the 1 Series, previewed by the image you see here, which we tend to think improves the 1er's schnoz quite a bit.

In addition to the revised front bumper with larger air intakes, BMWBlog.com reports that the 1 Series M Sport will get a new rear bumper, side skirts and M-specific wheels to round off the exterior changes. Inside, the usual M Sport things like a new steering wheel, shifter and pedals will be fitted, along with sport seats. Look for the M Sport package to officially debut sometime in the fall.


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      axelman9
      • 3 Years Ago
      another one-year wonder 1M ? or just DOA?
      marcosc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Common BMW! this whole concept is beneath you. These 1-series or this case -1 series appears to be very generic. Maybe they will come in under $35,000? personally, i can't imagine paying over $20,000 for this BMW rear end VW Golf thing..
      Kumar
      • 3 Years Ago
      Gotta love all of the 'fugly' comments considering we didn't even get the 5-door the first time around. If they bring it this time, it will probably sell well since it's a hatch and a good '1st BMW' for people who need a do-all car that hatches are good at being. That is, if BMW doesn't shoot themselves in the foot Audi-style by pricing it too close to the next model up and hiding sensible features in the high trim levels. It took Audi a couple of years to realize that buyers wanted the 2.0T quattro combo, and by then it was too late....they had moved on.
      rhfandersen
      • 3 Years Ago
      BTW - I just got back from Germany a week a week ago...rented a 120d (5-door) with the M-sport package and 6-speed manual. Why, oh why, can't we have that car!?!?!? I know - the state of California (I work in the emissions control industry, so I understand). Please, EPA, crush the CARB legislature and let BMW bring me this car!!! It was torquey (250+ lb-ft), quick (230ish kph on the 'bahn), excellent interior, perfect seats and steering wheel, and, oh, yeah, I averaged 39.7mpg, even with my Pb-footedness!! BMW, if you're watching the blogs and comments - I will buy one if you will sell one to me!! I'd love to show up at the HPDE in a 6-speed, RWD diesel!!
      aeollo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Somebody is desperately trying to kill BMW
        aeollo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @aeollo
        Oh, i forgot to mention this: New 1 series from the rear: VW POLO
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      a) it's still ugly b) it looks incredibly cheap, something the Chinese could design. 10 years ago. c) it's still just a BMW
        iimprezu
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Dumb comment, especially C. Just a BMW... compared to what? That japcr*p you're probably driving? Troll.
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still just ugly, give me a Golf R instead
      cypherxx666xx
      • 3 Years Ago
      i am sorry autoblog but it doesn`t fix the ugliness.
      Paul
      • 3 Years Ago
      not bad...actually
        Paul M
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Paul
        If, by "not bad," you mean, "not good," either. Then yeah... maybe.
      the.ting
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder when BMW will start putting the M label on the overpriced low end bicycles it sells.
        Susan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @the.ting
        That will be fine. After all, putting the M label on their X6, X3, and X5 didn't dilute the mark any.......
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like current 1 Series M but not this one. It looks cheap and not worthy of BMW badging...much less M badging. I especially don't like the headlight shape. Also, for the price they're going to charge...it doesn't look like it even has projector lamps or HIDs.
      Trunk Monkey
      • 3 Years Ago
      Polarise? You mean actively dislike, no? There's no other way to put it, this car is fugly. I've seldom seen any car 'polarise' opinion as this new 1-Series has.
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