2012 BMW 1-Series spied with less camouflage

2012 BMW 1-Series spy photos - 12.15.2010
2012 BMW 1-Series spy photos - 12.15.2010

Inching closer to production

Our intrepid spy photographers have managed to catch several new pictures of the 2012 BMW 1-Series.

Undergoing testing in Europe, this five-door prototype is thinly camouflaged which gives us a better glimpse of the prominent grille, sportier bumpers, and production taillights. Overall, you can see the car will be slightly longer and feature a slimmer C-pillar which should help to improve rearward visibility.

Like the current 1-Series, the next-generation model will be available in a number of configurations including three-door, five-door, coupe, and convertible. xDrive (all-wheel drive) may also be offered, but nothing is official as of yet.

The car will likely be unveiled sometime next year, so stay tuned for details.

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Uptohere Uptohere
So far this looks entirely too predictable and boring. As soon as they try to make a wagon out of any model their whole design ethos just craters. Albeit it looks like a good competitor to the Jetta wagon or if it's sporty enough the Mazda 3.
Dec 17th, 2010 7:13pm
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marcel marcel
At least it does not look like they dropped a elephant on the roof and bend the bottom part of the car like the current one.
Dec 17th, 2010 9:37am
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KeyboardWarrior KeyboardWarrior
I am disappointed! I was hoping for something more drastic! It looks more or less like the current one in terms of overall shape. I was looking for something sleek and modern like the VW's new two door hatch. The door handles are also very oddly positioned, so close to the windows. WIERD!
Dec 16th, 2010 1:45pm
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kdl kdl
Please bring the wagons to the US.
Dec 15th, 2010 11:46pm
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nederinaa nederinaa
i would like to bet that the next 1-series will be a rear wheel drive car unlike what the reports speculate. long nose, and the 1-series has been very successful in europe and bmw wouldnt want to ditch its winning formula, and theres the 1 m-coupe. i say it is a rear wheel drive as a modern day bmw e30 3-series left off since todays 3-series has overgrown
Dec 15th, 2010 9:17pm
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Hellbound Hellbound
I haven't read anything credible suggesting it would be FWD, I have however read about all new models fitting below the 1 series and also a possible FWD 2 series.
Dec 15th, 2010 9:21pm
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i know im gonna take some heat for this but i think it looks like an old version of the mazda 3 hatchback, the roofline, window line overall dimensions ect. but lets see how it looks without the camo.
Dec 15th, 2010 9:03pm
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Cool back badge !
Dec 15th, 2010 8:21pm
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Says something about the car when the first thing you spot is the badge on the back! LOL!
Dec 15th, 2010 8:53pm
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Hellbound Hellbound
He meant the way it's disguised. Sheeeeesh.
Dec 15th, 2010 9:20pm
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