BMWtests 1 prototype
The German brand may be brewing a new 1 Series, writes Paul Gover
CLEARLY, this isn’t just another 1 Series from BMW. The body is the wrong size and shape, there are fake back doors and the camouflage tells the world it is something new.
Carparazzi says it’s a first look at a prototype of a three-door 1 Series, expected in showrooms in the second half of next year.
But could it also hint at BMW’s plans for a front-wheel drive baby car, complete with a hybrid powertrain?
Or even the first use of the threecylinder turbo engine that will set the new benchmark for powertrain efficiency at the German brand?
The under-the-skin stuff is staying secret for some time, but the 1 Series prototype shows clearly that BMW is evolving its current baby. It already has a five-door hatch, as well as a coupe and convertible, but wants more from the 1 Series.
The new three-door hatchback body is a little sleeker, with a more extended look, taking away some of the current model’s chunkiness. The fake rear doors are really only a taped outline. An angled B-pillar shows where the doors really end. The rear window shape is also new for the car.
European sources say the new 1 Series will be ready for production next year, but probably in the second half as a 2012 model.
For the latest Carparazzi photos, go to www.carsguide.com.au